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  • Free general admission

Join us for a series of special events and tours aimed at bringing Ancient Rome to life while Rome: City and Empire is on show in Canberra.

Wednesday 5 December 2018, Friday 18 January 2019, 5–10pm

Experience Ancient Rome after dark in an adults-only night of events. Visit the exhibition, grab a drink at the bar, learn some of the grisly details about life in Ancient Rome from our expert speakers and top the night off watching a popular classic film. Over 18s only, exhibition open 5–8.30pm

Cost: $35 adult, $30 concession, $25 Museum Friends (includes exhibition, lecture and film). $15 adult, $10 concession, $7.50 Museum Friends (lecture only)
Bookings essential: Eventbrite (fees apply). Gandel Atrium

Wednesday 5 December, 5.30–7pm

ABC RN’s Richard Fidler leads this conversation about our ongoing fascination with Ancient Rome, with an expert panel including Richard Hobbs, Weston Curator of Roman Britain at the British Museum; Dr Rhiannon Evans, lecturer at La Trobe University and co-host of the popular podcast, ‘Emperors  of Rome’; the Hon Bob Carr, academic, author and former New South Wales premier.

How did Rome grow from a series of small villages into a mighty empire spanning most of the known world. What was behind Rome’s rise and what led to its fall? What was urban life like for those living in the Eternal City? What were the common beliefs and social attitudes? And what lessons does Ancient  Rome have for us today?

Cost: $15 adult, $10 concession, $7.50 Museum Friends.
Bookings essential: Eventbrite (fees apply).  
This event is part of Rome Up Late. Additional costs apply for exhibition entry and film screening. Gandel Atrium

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
12 November – 14 December, 11am and 3pm

Join Museum staff for a look at their favourite object or hear local poets recite the works of their Ancient Roman counterparts. These informal events will take place inside Rome: City and Empire and last for about 15 minutes.

Free with same day exhibition entry

Tuesday 27 November 2018, 5–6.30pm
Wednesday 12 December 2018, 7.30–9am

The Museum is extending its hours one day a month for visitors who prefer a quieter exhibition experience, with reduced sensory stimuli and smaller crowds.

Autism Spectrum Australia (ASPECT) helped design these 'quiet hours’.

Cost: $24 adult, $20 conc, $12 child, $60 family, $16 Museum Friends

Bookings essential: Eventbrite (fees apply)

Illuminate key objects and their stories with our two free audio tours, including one specially for kids. Based on real Roman people and events, these storytelling adventures are voiced by colourful characters and the general tour is narrated by ABC broadcaster and Roman history enthusiast Richard Fidler.

The tours are available for download from the Museum’s app, The Loop, via Google Play or the App Store using our free wi-fi. Hire a device and purchase earbuds at the Information Desk.

Android available on Google Play Available on the App Store

Accessible versions are available through Conexu Foundation’s OpenAccess Tours app.

Go behind the scenes and gain insights into one of the greatest empires of the ancient world and the contemporary world of museums.

Roman Discoveries

Friday 30 November, 12.30–1.30pm

Join archaeologist Dr J Patrick Greene OBE, as he shares his experiences working on excavations at Fishbourne Roman Palace, the Roman Baths at Bath and Portchester Castle.

Cost: $15 adult, $10 concession, $7.50 Museum Friends. Bookings essential: Eventbrite (fees apply). Visions Theatre

Roam around Rome family guide

Explore Rome: City and Empire with fun activities for the whole family and be surprised about everyday life in Ancient Rome.

Free with exhibition entry; ask at the Information Desk

When in Rome summer school holidays

Weekdays 7–11 and 14–18 January 2019 | Two sessions daily 10.30am–1pm and 2–3.30pm

The fun continues in January! Be inspired by Ancient Rome and join us for morning and afternoon family activities. Costs apply

Australia Day festival

Saturday 26 January 2019

Enjoy tours, music, dance, demonstrations, workshops, games, food and fun, all inspired by Rome: City and Empire. Free, though costs apply for some activities including Rome exhibition entry.

Plan your school visit to take advantage of the Museum's Rome: City and Empire school programs, aligned with the Australian Curriculum. Teacher-guided, Museum-guided and after-hours tours are available.

More on school programs

Object Club — Rome: City and Empire

Friday 30 November, 10am–12pm

For the third Rome: City and Empire Object Club, curator Dr Lily Withycombe will explore some of the marble sculptures from the Townley Collection, on display in the exhibition. Lily will uncover the history and stories behind this significant collection, which the British Museum purchased in 1805.

Last month’s Object Club was sold out again, so please ensure you book ahead to avoid disappointment. And remember to let us know if you can’t make it, as other members will be keen to fill the spot. Join Friends

Bookings essential: Eventbrite or call the Membership Office (02) 6208 5108

A film series curated and presented by the National Film and Sound Archives in association with the Museum and the Rome: City and Empire exhibition.

Great Beauty, 2013, rated M

Friday 30 November 2018, 7–9.20pm

Jep Gambardella has seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades, but after his 65th birthday and a shock from the past, Jep looks past the nightclubs and parties to find a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty.

Free. ARC Cinema, National Film and Sound Archives

More information and bookings at NFSA

Nights of Cabiria, 1957, rated M

Saturday 1 December 2018, 4–5.50pm

In Federico Fellini’s Oscar-winning classic, a waifish prostitute wanders the streets of Rome looking for true love but finds only heartbreak.

Free, bookings essential. NFSA Theatrette, National Film and Sound Archives

More information and bookings at NFSA

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