Lux in arcana - The Vatican Secret Archive reveals itself

29/02 - 09/09/2012
Musei Capitolini,

 For the first and possibly only time in history, one hundred original and priceless documents selected among the treasures preserved and cherished by the Vatican Secret Archives for centuriesy leave the Vatican City walls. And they will do so in order to be housed and displayed in the beautiful halls of the Capitoline Museums in Rome.

 The exhibition which is conceived for the 4th Centenary of the foundation of the Vatican Secret Archives aims at explaining and describing what the Pope’s archives are and how they work and, at the same time, at making the invisible visible, thus allowing access to some of the marvels enshrined in the Vatican Secret Archives’ 85 linear kilometers of shelving; records of an extraordinary historical value, covering a time-span that stretches from the 8th to the 20th century.
 The name, Lux in arcana, conveys the exhibition’s main objective: the light piercing through the Archive’s innermost depths enlightens a reality which precludes a superficial knowledge and is only enjoyable by means of direct and concrete contact with the sources from the Archive, that opens the doors to the discovery of often unpublished history recounted in documents. The exhibition is enriched by multimedia installations, guided by an intriguing but rigorous historical narration, to allow the visitor to experience some famous events from the past and to “re-live” the documents, that will come to life with tales of the context and the people involved.
 Thanks to the technological partnership with Accenture, a sophisticated app for Iphone and Android smartphones was specifically developed for the Vatican Secret Archives on this occasion to makesit possible to explore all the documents in the exhibition with multimedia in-depth contents, thereby heightening the cultural and emotional experience of the event. Moreover, it is possible to follow the exhibition’s side-events and discover curiosities and insights on the most renowned social networks and on, as well as watching a trailer on You Tube.
 The 100 documents, chosen among manuscript codices, parchments, strings and registers, will remain at the Capitoline Museums for nearly seven months. An extremely prestigious location, chosen to host this memorable event since it underlines the profound bond existing between the city of Rome and the Papacy since medieval times; the origins of both institutions involved in the event trace their roots back to Sixtus IV’s artistic sensibility; however, at the same time, the history enshrined in the Vatican Secret Archives is intertwined with the history of Italy, Europe and the World as a whole.
 The Vatican Secret Archives represent a cultural world heritage centered in the city of Rome; for this very reason the exhibition has been conceived in cooperation with Roma Capitale, Assessorato alle Politiche Culturali e Centro Storico - Sovraintendenza ai Beni Culturali di Roma and Zètema Progetto Cultura.
 This memorable exhibition is already creating great expectations, fuelled by the mysterious fascination that the Vatican Secret Archives generate in the collective imagination.
 All of the above will make Lux in arcana - The Vatican Secret Archive reveals itself an event of unprecedented scientific and media importance.


Musei Capitolini

 Tuesday-Sunday: 9.00 am - 8.00 pm;
 Last admission 1 hour before closing time;
 Monday: closed.

19 May, 2012: the venue is open and free of charge from 8.00 p to 2.00 am (last admission 1.00 am).
Please note, the program may be subject to change without notice.

Billet d'entrée

 "Museum + Exhibition" Combined Ticket:
 - Adults: € 12,00;
 - Concessions: € 10,00;
 - Ridottissimo special price: € 2,00;

Roman Citizens only (by showing a vaild ID):
 - Adults: € 11,00;
 - Concessions: € 9,00;
 - Ridottissimo special price: € 2,00;

"Capitoline Museums + Centrale Montemartini + Exhibition" Combined Ticket:
 - Adults: € 14,00;
 - Concessions: € 12,00;

Roman Citizens only (by showing a vaild ID):
 - Adults: € 13,00;
 - Concessions: € 11,00;

Please note: According to the Municipal by-law, due to the exceptionality of the exhibition Lux in Arcana, people usually entitled to free admission must purchase a € 2,00 concessionary ticket. Free admission is only granted to: elementary and intermediate school groups; disabled visitors and a carer; Roma Pass holders if used for one of the first two free admissions.

 - Groups (max 30 visitors): guided tours are available either for the museum and/or exhibition. A booking service is available for groups (max 30 visitors) for an additional booking fee of € 25,00;
 - Schools (max 30 pupils/students): guided tours are available; bookings are required for the admission.

 Booking for individual visitors is available only when purchasing online tickets. If you book in advance you can skip the line by going directly to the ticket window.

Phone booking: tel. +39 060608 (daily from 9.00 am – 9.00 pm).

Online tickets:
 Additional booking fee: € 1,00.


 Tel. +39 060608 (daily from 9.00 am - 9.00 pm)

Autres informations

 In collaboration with: Roma Capitale, Assessorato alle Politiche Culturali e Centro Storico - Sovraintendenza ai Beni Culturali and Zètema Progetto Cultura;

Exhibition Main Sponsor: EMC Computer System Italia Spa;

Exhibition Sponsors: Lancia, Scrinium;

Sponsors of Civic Museum Network: Banche tesoriere di Roma Capitale: BNL Gruppo BNP Paribas, Unicredit, Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena, Vodafone;

Technical Sponsors: iGuzzini, Generali;

Technology Partner: Accenture;

 Zètema Progetto Cultura
Jours de fermeture
Alessandra Gonzato, Marco Maiorino, Pier Paolo Piergentili, Gianni Venditti


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