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  • Open today 9am–5pm
  • 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.

Take one of our three complementary self-guided audio tours while visiting the exhibition:

  • Rome Audio Tour narrated by ABC broadcaster and history enthusiast Richard Fidler, with dramatisations by leading actors
  • Rome Curator’s Audio Tour with Dr Lily Withycombe providing extra information about key objects
  • Rome Audio Tour for Kids storytelling adventures with two teenage flies on the wall.

Tours are available by downloading the Museum’s app, The Loop, via Google Play or the App Store, before you visit. Or hire a device and purchase earbuds at the Information Desk.

Android available on Google Play Available on the App Store

Accessible versions of the Rome Audio Tour and Rome Audio Tour for Kids are available through Conexu Foundation’s OpenAccess Tours app.

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 school holiday activities

Weekdays 14–18 January and 21–25 January 2019, 10am–1pm

Dress up in a toga or stola, make a Roman laurel wreath or help complete our Roman bathhouse mosaic.

Cost: $5
All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult
Bookings not required, but places are limited
Gandel Atrium

When in Rome chill-out zone

Weekdays 14–18 January and 21–25 January 2019, 10am–1pm and 2–3.30pm

Play, read or relax in our Bay Window chill-out zone or try one of our Ancient Rome inspired self-guided activities. In the mornings watch artist Byrd create a cardboard chariot.

All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult
Bookings not required, but places are limited
Gandel Atrium

Australia Day festival

Saturday 26 January 2019, 10am–9pm

Join us for tours, music, dance, demonstrations, games, food and fun inspired by our First Australians gallery and Rome exhibition. Free, though costs apply for some activities including Rome exhibition entry.

All ages
Gandel Atrium and Lakeside Amphitheatre

More on Australia Day

Object Club Rome funerary piece

Friday 25 January 2019, 10am–12pm

Curator Lily Withycombe looks at a 2nd century marble sarcophagus depicting the wedding of Bacchus and Ariadne, in our fourth Rome inspired object club. Join Friends

Bookings essential: Eventbrite or call the Membership Office +61 2 6208 5108
Friends Lounge

2000, rated M, 155 minutes

Friday 1 February 2019, 5pm–9pm
Rome: City and Empire open until 7pm. Film starts at 6pm

As we celebrate the final days of Rome: City and Empire, join us for an outdoor screening of the epic film Gladiator, starring Russell Crowe. Pack a picnic and a rug and watch Maximus in action from the shores of Lake Burley Griffin.

Snacks and drinks are available for purchase or bring your own 
Outdoor Amphitheatre

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