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National Museum of Australia, Canberra | 17 December 2021 to 1 May 2022 | Costs apply

Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors and Heroes explores competition through sport, politics, drama, music and warfare, illuminated by more than 170 objects from the British Museum.

Explore and celebrate all things Greek by taking an audio tour or attending special events including our Agora Greek cultural festival and performances by Luka Lesson of Agapi & Other Kinds of Love.

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Events, tours and experiences

Ancient Greeks events

From the ancient to the modern, join our special events as we celebrate all things Greek.

Audio tours

Take a free audio tour for insights into the exhibition's most intriguing objects.


Shop instore or online for a beautiful range including homewares, jewellery and much more.

Tips for visiting Ancient Greeks

Make the most out of your exhibition visit this summer.

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Ancient Greeks: Karvelas’s picks

Patricia Karvelas on her five favourite objects and what makes them stand out for her.

Rose Pappas collection

Read about one of only three known traditional formal costumes remaining from Castellorizo, Greece.

Ancient Greek comic

Free instructions for kids on how to make their own Greek comic.

The Museum magazine, issue 19

Explore the Ancient Greek world and its influence on modern society and culture in our latest issue.

Celebrating Greek-Australian communities

Learn about the people and groups helping to develop Ancient Greeks programs and events.

Ancient art in colour

Our Paint Phila interactive touchscreen imaginatively recreates an Ancient Greek artwork.

The presentation of Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors and Heroes is a collaboration between the British Museum, Western Australian Museum, National Museum of Australia and Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum.

Series of logos divided into five rows.

Banner image: Fragment of a sarcophagus (detail), Klazomenai (modern Urla), Turkey, about 525–515 BCE. © The Trustees of the British Museum, 2021. All rights reserved

Homepage banner image: Kylix (drinking cup) (detail), about 500–490 BCE. © The Trustees of the British Museum, 2021. All rights reserved

The music featured in the Ancient Greeks exhibition is part of an academic research project at Oxford University. The National Museum of Australia thanks project leader Professor Armand D'Angour for the musical reconstructions, Barnaby Brown on aulos, the choir of Caius College and conductor Tosca Lynch.

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