Text by Maria Teresa Tozzi, Pictures by Riccardo Pieroni, copyright CRT Cooperativa Ricerca sul Territorio
The Ecomuseum of the Roman Coast was inaugurated inside the buildings of the drainage system of Ostia Antica in 1994, thanks to the cooperative CRT (Cooperativa Ricerca sul Territorio). It is a private cooperative founded in Ostia Antica in 1978. Its purpose is to promote the recovery and the enhancement of the Roman coast historical-anthropological heritage.
Two museums were established: the Ostiense Ecomuseum in the drainage system area in Ostia Antica and the Maccarese Ecomuseum located in St. George’s Castle (Fiumicino).
Firstly, the Ostiense Ecomuseum was founded. It is dedicated to the evolution of the Tiber delta and to the Roman coast’s drainage at the end of 19th century.
It is possible to visit the Ecomuseum of the Roman Coast every Saturday morning and a 90-minute guided tour is offered at 11:30 a.m (further information HERE).
The tour starts outside the museum. The full-scale model of a countryside hut and some agricultural tools are exhibited in the garden area. It is possible to reach the most interesting sites of the Ostia reclamation area: low and high water channels, large low water collection tanks and antique and modern drainage pump systems.
The second part of the tour is inside the museum. The internal itinerary is divided into various sections that represent different themes linked to the reclamations and the physical and anthropogenic transformations of the territory.
Photographic documents of the period, memoires and findings, objects of domestic use and original work tools are exhibited in the rooms.
The Space/Time Room is very interesting, because it allows the visitor to learn about the physical changes of the territory in the last 20000 years of history.
Finally, the Screening Room is used for conferences, meetings, debates and screenings of documentaries about the history of the territory.
A Film show with documentaries and old movies about people and territory’ stories takes place every Saturday afternoon.