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Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors and Heroes has never before toured the Southern Hemisphere and we're excited it has arrived on the east coast. The exhibition features more than 170 objects that explore themes of competition through sport, politics and drama, music and warfare.

We have waited a long time for this moment, and now we want to make sure you don’t miss a thing. So here’s our top tips on how to get the most out of your visit.

A woman is observing a terracotta vessel on display.

Curator Lily Withycombe examining a hydria (water jar) in the Ancient Greeks exhibition

Tip 1: Book your tickets online

To avoid ticket queues, or missing out entirely, buy your tickets online. Tickets are the same price online as those purchased at the door.

If you already have tickets and are unable to make it for any reason, just email tickets@nma.gov.au and we can easily move the date for you.

January can be a busy time, causing pressure on car parking and increasing the wait time to get into the exhibition, so be sure to plan ahead and allow plenty of time.

Tip 2: Download the free audio tour

Portrait of Patricia Karvelas. - click to view larger image
Patricia Karvelas

Every object has a story to tell, from heroic statues and battered armour to beautiful amphorae, delicate jewellery and children’s games.

Through our audio tour, narrated by Patricia Karvelas, you will hear the stories of daily life in the Ancient Greek world. The audio tour script was developed with the help of Professor Alistair Blanshard, Chair of Classics and Ancient History at Queensland University.

The audio tour is available on our website or to download now. It's also available in Auslan. The Auslan tour has scrolling text and audio-described versions for visitors with hearing or vision impairments.

Marble statue of a woman with flowing robes. She is missing her head, arms and right foot. - click to view larger image
Statue of Nike

Tip 3: Get the kids involved

The Ancient Greeks loved parties, stories, music and sport and we’ve bundled all of this in to one fun family guide.

Did you know that Nike was the goddess of victory? On arrival, ask our friendly staff for a copy of the Odyssey family guide and see how many Nikes you can find in the exhibition.

Download the kid-friendly audio tour before you come, and let the kids enjoy the exhibition with our energetic and playful characters Lucas and Sophia.

They share their stories of Ancient Greece – keep an ear out for a joke or two along the way.

Tip 4: Become a Museum Friend

Until 31 December 2021 you can join or renew your membership and receive one free ticket to Ancient Greeks. Purchase an exhibition membership upgrade to receive unlimited entry to all exhibitions, including Ancient Greeks. Exhibition memberships are an additional cost.

There are plenty of other benefits of being a Museum Friend, including access to our lakeside lounge, exclusive events and discounts to our beautiful Museum Shop and Cafe.

Series of horse sculptures of various sizes and colours on display. - click to view larger image
Horse statues from Sophia: Enjoy Thinking

Tip 5: Visit the shop

Our exhibition shop is full to the brim with a beautiful range of classical and contemporary merchandise.

There is sure to be something for everyone with replica vases and statues, and homewares and jewellery made by Greek-Australian artisans. The exhibition catalogue is also available now.

Tip 6: Check out our programs

Looking for things to do in the January or April school holidays? Explore and celebrate all things Greek through our programs and special events, including creating a Greek-inspired comic as part of our kids summer holiday program.

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