The National Museum of Australia’s ‘Ancient Greeks’ exhibition rescheduled for 2021


The National Museum of Australia has rescheduled the planned British Museum exhibition, Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors and Heroes, for December 17, 2021.

The international exhibition was due to open in Canberra in December 2020, but logistical challenges due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic prompted the rescheduling.

The exhibition is part of a partnership between the British Museum, the National Museum of Australia, the Western Australian Museum and the Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum.

The National Museum of Australia is renowned for its international exhibitions.

National Museum director, Dr Mathew Trinca, said he looks forward to bringing Ancient Greeks to the capital in December 2021.

“We are delighted to bring Ancient Greeks to east coast audiences next year – I know they’ll be mesmerised by the stories of competition in the ancient Greek world and by the beautiful depictions of athletes, the ceramics, sculptures, armour and jewellery featured in the show,” said Dr Trinca.

Featuring some 170 objects which explore the theme of competition through sports, politics, drama, music and warfare, Ancient Greeks will open in Western Australia before starring at the National Museum (17 December 2021 – 1 May 2022), as the show’s only east coast Australian venue.

The exhibition will then conclude its Australasian tour with a final stop in New Zealand.

Dr Trinca thanked the partner institutions and said the unique three-way collaboration is a model for future agreements, allowing cultural institutions to pool and leverage their resources, to bring world class shows of this type to their audiences.

“The National Museum is working creatively with its partners to pool resources to our mutual benefit and bring high quality exhibitions to our audiences as a result,” said Dr Trinca.

Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors and Heroes is the fourth in a series of British Museum exhibitions
that have featured at the National Museum of Australia.

The other three include: Rome: City and Empire (2018), A History of the World in 100 Objects (2016) and Encounters: Revealing Stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Objects from the British Museum (2015).




By subscribing you accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.


Latest News

2035: The end of the Greek community of Australia as we know it (Part Two)

In our previous article we referred to the important year 2035, a milestone for the presence and evolution of Hellenism in Australia.

‘Poor Things’ costumes exhibition opens at Benaki Museum in Greece

Costumes from Giorgos Lanthimos' film "Poor Things" are featured in an exhibition inaugurated by Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou.

Meet Joanna Kalafatis: New Greek star of hit Netflix series ‘Maestro in Blue’

Joanna Kalafatis is a beautiful Greek woman with voluminous hair. However, as the saying goes, there’s a lot more than meets the eye.

Archaeologists in Crete mystified by 4000-year-old discovery

A recently discovered 4,000-year-old stone building in Crete is puzzling archaeologists and potentially delaying an airport project.

Greece ranks third among Mediterranean cruise destinations

Data from the Hellenic Ports Association (ELIME) show that Greek ports handled 7,003,150 passengers in 2023, up from 4,629,650 in 2022.

You May Also Like

Heritage Care director Peter Arvanitis resigns

Heritage Care CEO Greg Reeve said Arvanitis decided to resign last week as a Director of Heritage Care, not wanting to "be a distraction to the good work of staff".

Ninth body recovered from Kythera refugee shipwreck

A ninth body has been recovered off Kythera, where a vessel carrying 95 refugees was overcome by gale-force winds and sank last Wednesday.

Chris Papantoniou’s Century 21 Summit set to heat up Sydney’s property market

Sydney's property market is set to heat up with the latest grand opening of Chris Papantoniou's Century 21 Summit in Toongabbie.