Ground Floor, A.D. Hope Building (14) Campus Map (refF3)
closest pay parking is off Childers Street or City West Parking Station, Allsop Street, Canberra
Open 9:00am - 6:00pm weekdays (except public holidays)
The newly refurbished ANU Classics Museum offers a unique study resource for ANU students in a variety of fields and disciplines, students from other universities in Canberra, school students, and the general public.
The Classics Museum was established in 1962 by Professor Richard Johnson, Professor of Classics at ANU. Amongst its first acquisitions were an Attic wine bowl, a gold lion's head earring, and some coins. From those early years the Museum developed steadily with the support of the University, loans from University House, the Australian National Gallery, the Parliament House Art Collection, and former students and others in Canberra who have acquired classical antiquities. The Friends of the Classics Museum, since their inception, have played an important role in acquiring items for the collection.
The collection was established for teaching purposes and is regularly used as a resource not only by Classics and Ancient History but also by colleagues in Art History, Archaeology, and the School of Art. Spanning the Mediterranean and beyond, the collection features examples of ancient art and objects of daily life from Greece, the Roman world, Egypt, and the Near East. It has areas of strength in domestic items, writing and commemoration, southern Italian pottery, and drama.
An illustrated catalogue of the collection is available for consultation: Antiquities, by J.R. Green and Beryl Rawson (Canberra, 1981). A new edition is in preparation.
Do come and visit us! The museum is open to the public on weekdays (except public holidays) from 9.00am until 6.00pm. There is abundant signage, so your experience as a visitor should be a good one.
Artefact of the Month
13.03 The Hero Relief
Photo courtesy of Charles Ede Ltd
Our most recent acquisition, a marble stele, can be dated from the mid-fourth century. This is not a grave stele like our late C5 grave stele for Myrto, but a votive relief. It would have been set up by worshippers in a shrine or a sanctuary as a token of piety, perhaps in fulfilment of a vow or a prayer. Ours is a representative of the great age of votive reliefs, the C5 and C4 BC.