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Rome: City and Empire

Rome: City and Empire

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. Exclusive to the National Museum of Australia, this is a rare opportunity to see these treasures in the Southern Hemisphere.

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21 September 2018 to 3 February 2019 | Temporary Gallery 
$24 adult, $20 conc, $60 family, $12 child, $16 Friend  

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Exhibition highlights

  • Side view of a sculpted head
    Portrait head resembling Cleopatra
  • An image showing both sides of the gold medallion of Constantius. On the left is the side profile of a man, with Roman text around the edge. On the right is an image of one man knelling before another.
    Medallion of Constantius I
  • A bronze parade helmet with a woman’s face.
    Parade helmet with woman’s face
  • Silver and gold horse jewellery depicting various animal forms and shapes.
    Horse-trappings from the Esquiline Treasure
  • A decorative brooch.
    Chatelaine brooch
  • A marble statue of a Roman man wearing robes and holding a scroll in his left hand.
    Statue of a Roman magistrate
  • A marble carving showing a procession of people riding horses and playing musical instruments
    Burial chest

Audio tours

Take our free self-guided Rome Audio Tour narrated by ABC broadcaster and history enthusiast Richard Fidler.

Our free Rome Audio Tour for Kids is a fun series of storytelling adventures with two teenage flies on the wall.

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 or 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.


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

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

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