Ruins from the Roman era in Vienna, like for example the ruins of the tribunal houses from the military camp and 300 fascinating archaeological discoveries open up the entire spectrum of Roman life in the second and third centuries A.D. On display are ordinary objects and cult items, fragments from buildings, statues, and toys, drain covers and crockery, idols and ornaments. The latest 3-D technologies, drawings, and wall paintings illustrate a vision of what life may have looked like back then.
The military camp was founded in the year 97 A.D. to protect the northern border of the Roman Empire. At Vindobona's peak, over 30,000 people lived in the confines of the present-day city – a mix of indigenous people and immigrants from all parts of the Roman Empire. As the exhibition shows, everyday life was thoroughly comfortable. There were covered sidewalks, canals, clean water, taverns, thermal baths, theaters, and shops. The documentation is enhanced by a new type of video guide that presents the information not only in German and English but also in sign language. Children can learn about the everyday life of Romans at special game stations and 3-D puzzles.