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Over the past two years we have been preparing for our latest loan exhibition from the British Museum, Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors and Heroes.

While the subject is Ancient Greece, the exhibition has provided us with an opportunity to celebrate contemporary Greek-Australian culture through programming and major events, onsite dining, and retail.

Cropped photograph of an terracotta object painted black. The design features a bearded and robed man, with naked men on either side in combat mode.
Kylix (drinking cup), attributed to Douris

Ancient Greeks schools program

We are thrilled to have the Hellenic Club of Canberra as the official community partner for Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors and Heroes.

The Hellenic Club has supported and advised on a range of programming and education initiatives, including our Ancient Greeks schools program which will give 500 students and their teachers free entry to the exhibition.

Student groups will be able to immerse themselves in Ancient Greek culture and explore topics like sport, politics, drama, music and warfare.

Ancient Greeks events

We have also been working closely with Canberra-based Molonglo Group and Dionysius Events who are also generously supporting programming for Ancient Greeks. This includes live concerts, hands-on art experiences, wine tastings and Greek cultural days.

These programs are for people of all ages and interests to learn more about the Greek community and its culture. Keep an eye on our website for this exciting program of events – once the exhibition opens the full list will be revealed.

Museum Shop

For many visitors the best part of a new exhibition is the trip to the Museum Shop!

Shop display featuring ornamental owls of various sizes and colours, erected on white plinths with engraved text.
Owl statuettes by Sophia Papakosta

We have created a dedicated retail space for Ancient Greeks. This will include Greek-Australian artists and products from Greece that showcase fashion, art and design – from Fedra Olive Grove olive oil, Sofia Papakosta’s ancient Greek-inspired jewellery, to first generation, Brisbane-based Greek-Australian Julia Smeros’ ceramics.

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

This array of wares will be complemented by food and drink available in the Museum’s Cafe, with Greek-inspired menus crafted by Broadbean Catering.

Audio tours

We have developed two excellent audio tours – one for adults and one for kids. We wanted to make sure that the person narrating the adults tour was a Greek-Australian, so we are thrilled to be partnering with ABC radio presenter Patricia Karvelas.

The audio tours will be available from 17 December via the website, or The Loop app, which can be downloaded before you visit or using our free wi-fi. Devices will also be available for hire.

The National Museum recognises the significance of ancient Greek cultural heritage to the Greek-Australian community. We gratefully acknowledge the support of many individuals and groups who have assisted us in developing this exhibition and its programs.

In our collection

Crimson full-length tunic, part of Castellorizian formal attire worn by Rose PappasGreek crimson full-length tunic with a rounded plain neckline and two side splits. It is fully lined with highly decorative damask weave fabric at the front opening and around the hem. It has orange silk to the main body. The main fabric is of highly decorative damask weave (composite). Decorated with black and gold braid, embro...
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