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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.

Extended opening hours: Rome: City and Empire is open 8am to 7pm every day. With less than a month to go until the exhibition closes on 3 February, beat the crowds and take advantage of our extended hours — buy your tickets now!

Slideshow

To celebrate 100,000 visits to Rome: City and Empire we gave this lucky family a gift pack of Rome-themed goodies and a curator-led tour.

To celebrate 100,000 visits to Rome: City and Empire we gave this lucky family a gift pack of Rome-themed goodies and a curator-led tour.

To celebrate 100,000 visits to Rome: City and Empire we gave this lucky family a gift pack of Rome-themed goodies and a curator-led tour.

Treasures from the British Museum

8am to 7pm until 3 Feb 2019 Plan your visit to Rome Visiting Canberra, what’s on, where to stay, location, parking and more.
8am to 7pm until 3 Feb 2019 Apps Download our free app before you visit to take one of our Rome audio tours.
8am to 7pm until 3 Feb 2019 Rome tours and events Join us for special tours and events aimed at bringing Ancient Rome to life.
Museum Friends

Join Museum Friends today to receive your first Rome: City and Empire ticket for $5, fast-pass entry and other exclusive member offers

FAQs

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

Competition

The Road to Rome — win a Roman holiday!

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

Rome catalogue

Get your must-have memento in soft or hard cover, in-store or online now

Tips for visiting Rome

Read our top insider’s tips for visiting Rome in Canberra this summer.

Exhibition highlights

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

Rome: City and Empire 3:32

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

Acknowledgements

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

MinterEllison

  
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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