9am–6pm weekdays (except public holidays)
Ground Floor, A.D. Hope Building (14)
Visitors to the Classics Museum at ANU or via our mobile app, as below, can gain a taste of everyday life in the ancient world.
The Classics Museum, established in 1962, displays a range of items that provide fascinating insights into the cultural practices of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds.
The collection, which is open to the public, spans the Mediterranean and beyond. It features examples of ancient art and objects of daily life from Greece and the Roman world, including Egypt and the Near East.
The museum's areas of strength include domestic items, writing and commemoration, southern Italian pottery, and drama.
Check out detailed information about artefacts of interest in the museum.
From very modest beginnings, the collection has steadily grown through the years with the support of ANU and University House, and with loans from the Australian National Gallery, the Parliament House Art Collection, and former students and members of the community who have acquired classical antiquities and wish to make them available to a wider audience.
The Friends of the Classics Museum has played a vital role in acquiring artefacts for the collection.
Since it was founded under the guidance of Professor Richard Johnson, the Classics Museum has always been intended as a teaching resource. Students of Classics and Ancient History use the collection in the course of their studies, as do students from Art History, Archaeology, and the ANU School of Art.
The Classics Museum is open to the public on weekdays (except public holidays) from 9am–6pm. If you are interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the collections, you can attend one of our monthly guided tours through the Museum. Group tours can also be arranged on request.
An illustrated catalogue of the collection, Antiquities, by J.R. Green and Beryl Rawson (Canberra, 1981), is available at the Museum. A new edition is currently being prepared.
An illustrated volume: 'Fifty Treasures: Classical Antiquities in Australian and New Zealand Universities' commemorates the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Australasian Society for Classical Studies (formerly the Australian Society for Classical Studies). It includes the finest and most interesting items on display in the Classics museums of Australasia, including the ANU Classics Museum.
The Centre for Classical Studies has a limited number of copies for sale at $40. If you wish to buy one, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.