The British Museum’s ancient Greek treasures arrive in Australia and New Zealand


The ancient Greek treasures of the British Museum are on display at the National Museum of Australia, the West Australia Museum, and the Tamaki Pengahira Auckland War Memorial Museum.

Featuring a range of 180 objects, the exhibition revolves around the concept of competition and how it emerged in sports, politics, theater, music, and war. The exhibition entitled “Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors, Heroes” will take place at the West Australian State Museum in June and will head to the National Museum of Australia (NMA) in Canberra from December 17 across the Tasman Sea. Head to Auckland. , New Zealand in 2022.

NMA Director Macute Linker Thank you The British Museum states that this unique collaboration has enabled cultural institutions to pool and harness resources to provide viewers with this type of world-class show.

“I’m excited to finally be able to bring the ancient Greeks to the East Coast audience after a 12-month delay,” Trinka said. “I know that the audience is fascinated by the story of competition in the ancient Greek world and the beautiful depictions of athletes, pottery, sculptures, armor and jewelery on the show.”

Alec Coles, CEO of the Western Australian State Museum, said he was pleased that his museum was the first destination for an exhibition tour, reflecting Trinka’s sentiment.

A girl playing a red-figure Aulos or double flute in a vase around 480 BC. Fletcher Foundation, Metropolitan Museum of Art. (Marie Lan Nguyen / CC-BY 2.5)

The exhibition is include The iconic black and red shaped pottery of the British Museum features a detailed depiction of athletes, gods and citizens. Stunning marble and terracotta statues and reliefs. Weapons and armor; toys and games; fine gold jewelry; and coins.

Ancient Greek society is considered one of the roots of Western society, which has influenced modern language, politics, educational systems, philosophy, science, and art around the world.

“Siren Vase”, 5th century BC, Siren Painter, Vulci, Greece. Pottery, height: 13 ¾ inches. British Museum, London. (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)

“Ancient Greek cultural themes shared at this exhibition, such as sports, art, politics and philosophy, are a legacy that continues to permeate our daily lives. To the Western Australian audience and our state. Visitors are undoubtedly amazed at the artistry and beauty of the objects and look back on the profound impact of this era on our world today, “Coles said.

The exhibition was originally intended to tour the Southern Hemisphere in 2020, but was postponed during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is the fourth collaboration between the British Museum, which previously hosted Rome, and the National Museums of Australia and New Zealand: Cities and Empires, World History of Encounters with 100 Objects: Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islanders’ Object Story Britain Museum.


The exhibition will be held at the following locations.

  • Western Australia Museum, Perth, June 20-November 7, 2021.
  • National Museum of Australia, Canberra, December 17-May 1, 2022.
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum, June 10-16, 2022.