The museum exhibition takes visitors back to the year 291 and to the
turbulent period of the late 3rd century when the Claustra Alpium Iuliarum
defensive system was built.
You can see the exhibition at the Stara Pošta inn, which stands inside
the ruins of the military fort.
The exhibition layout of The Late
Antique Ad Pirum Fort – The Last Rampart of the Roman Empire received a
commendation of the jury at the 7th Biennial of Slovene Visual Communications
in the competition category of “spatial graphic solutions”.
Ad Pirum (Hrušica), the settlement along the main Roman road, is
presented in the first exhibition space, where the reception and museum shop
are located. The Roman roads, ancient traffic, vehicles and the post office are
presented in a playful way and through interactive tools. We can calculate the
time taken for a cavalryman, a postal wagon and an ox-driven wagon to cover the
same distance, play around with the milestone puzzle of Col and compare ancient
maps with those of today.
The second part of the exhibition talks about life in the fortress and
its role within the Claustra Alpium Iuliarum system. Despite the fact that it
was a military post, life in the fort was mostly peaceful. People were involved
in day-to-day activities such as preparing food, repairing tools, etc.
At the exhibition, you can try on a Roman toga and tunic, the most
characteristic garments of the inhabitants of the time, become acquainted with their
tools and compare them to those of today, learn about the coins and draw your
own, and much more.
On the other side, the Ad Pirum Fort
is presented as part of the defence system: when it was built and the role it
played in the Roman Empire. Parts of the Roman military equipment and weapons
that were discovered here are also exhibited.
The main part of the exhibition is
the digital reconstruction of the military fort. Visitors also take a stroll
across the ground plan of the fort whose markings are on the ground.
The window in the exhibition space
has been used to make a niche in the form of an observation hatch. From here,
visitors can view the archaeological ruins of the fort.