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  • Free general admission

Witness the grandeur of the vast empire of ancient Rome and share stories of everyday life, worship, war, glory and death, through more than 200 beautiful objects from the British Museum.

Opening hours

9am to 5pm daily until 24 December 2018. Closed Christmas Day
8am to 7pm from 26 December to 3 February 2019

Treasures from the British Museum

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Answers to frequently asked questions about visiting the Rome: City and Empire exhibition, tickets, family visits and more


The Road to Rome — win a Roman holiday!

Visit the Rome: City and Empire exhibition at the National Museum of Australia and enter the draw to win a trip for two to the eternal city.

Rome catalogue

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Rome exhibition programs

Book now for a Rome: City and Empire school program aligned with the Australian Curriculum

Exhibition highlights

This is a rare opportunity to see treasures from the collection of the British Museum.

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Explore the people, places and the history of the beautiful Roman objects on show in the exhibition


The presentation of this exhibition is a collaboration between the British Museum and the National Museum of Australia. Images © The Trustees of the British Museum, 2018. All rights reserved

Presented by
The British MuseumNational Museum of Australia   
Major Partners

Visit Canberra

Australian Government International Exhibitions Insurance

Program partner
Supporting partners
Pratt Foundation  Mei & Picchi    De Bortoli
Legal partner


Media partners

The Canberra Times

oOh! Media 

The Monthly


Palace Cinemas

Accommodation partners
Accor HotelsHyatt Hotel CanberraQT Australia logo

Homepage video  image credits

Fragment of a diadem, Naukratis, Egypt, 67–98 CE, gold, 1886,0401.1765; Aureus of Vespasian, minted in Rome, Italy, 72–73 CE, gold, 1898,0803.9; Chatelaine brooch, England, 2nd–3rd century CE, copper alloy and enamel, 1991,0701.1; Parade helmet with woman’s face, Nola, Italy, 2nd century CE, bronze, 1824,0407.10; Strigil (skin scraper), Torre Annunziata, Naples, Italy, about 50–100 CE, bronze, 1856,1226.889; Marble portrait thought to be of Messalina, Villa Casali, Italy, 55–65 CE, marble, 1805,0703.98. © The Trustees of the British Museum, 2018. All rights reserved

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