Queensland Museum to host Ancient Rome’s finest in exclusive exhibition

22 January 2017

In an Australian exclusive, Queensland Museum will host the might and power of Ancient Rome when Gladiators: Heroes of the Colosseum opens on 23 June 2017.


Tickets are now on sale for this impressive exhibition which reveals unique insights into the fascinating lives of gladiators and the arenas in which they fought.

Queensland Museum CEO and Director Professor Suzanne Miller said the exhibition featured a stunning array of original artefacts representing gladiatorial life.

“This will be the first time many of these artefacts have been displayed in Australia and will give visitors to the Queensland Museum a unique opportunity to view more than 120 objects up close,” she said.

“As well as viewing these extraordinary antiquities, which include actual pieces of Rome’s famed Colosseum; visitors can learn the story of these armed athletes through interactive games and displays of historical armour.”

The exhibition will explore four themes: Origin and development of gladiatorial games; Gladiators; the Colosseum and the amphitheatre of the Roman Empire; and One day in the Arena, giving visitors a taste of what life was like in this period.

Queensland Museum has partnered with Tourism Events Queensland to deliver this exclusive exhibition.

Minister for Tourism and Major Events Kate Jones said exhibitions such as Gladiators: Heroes of the Colosseum helped reinforce the state’s reputation as a top tourism destination.

“Queensland is renowned for its ability to host world-class events and exhibitions and Gladiators: Heroes of the Colosseum is yet another drawcard for visitors to Queensland,” she said.

“Queensland Museum will be the only venue in Australia to host this extraordinary exhibition which combines modern technology and artefacts to tell the story of these ancient warriors.”

Gladiators: Heroes of the Colosseum is produced by Expona and Contemporanea Progetti and features artefacts from eight Italian museums and institutions.

Tickets cost Adults $18, Concession $16, Child $12 and Family (2A+2C) $50 and are now on sale via QTIX. Gladiators: Heroes of the Colosseum will run from 23 June 2017 to 28 January 2018. Visit www.qm.qld.gov.au for more information.

Visit www.qm.qld.gov.au/Gladiators 


Christine Robertson, 3840 7789 
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