Museo dell’Ara Pacis
On the 21st of April 2006—on the anniversary of the founding of Rome—the city unveiled a new building on the Lungotevere. The building was designed by Richard Meier to house Emperor Augustus’ famous monument to peace, the Ara Pacis. Critical response was incendiary; the project was attacked and praised it in equal measure. The New York Times lambasted it on the one hand while others, such as Achille Bonito Oliva, hailed it as an unequivocal masterpiece. Surviving even some virulent cries for demolition, the building lives on: its top floor houses the ancient roman monument, while the lower ground level hosts a varied programme of temporary exhibitions that range from ancient art to contemporary photography.
Lungotevere in Augusta (angolo via Tomacelli), Roma
Every day 9:30am–7:30pm