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FRI 3 JUL - SUN 18 OCT 2020


FRI 3 JUL - SUN 18 OCT 2020

A world-class exhibition in our own backyard

The Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors and Heroes exhibition from the British Museum’s world-renowned collection from the Ancient Greek world, is the largest selection of ancient artefacts ever loaned by the British Museum to New Zealand.

It will showcase a wide range of treasures and stories, and includes a selection of iconic sculptures from the ‘Mausoleum at Halikarnassos', one of the seven wonders of the Ancient World.

Ancient Greek civilization has had a profound influence on the development of language, politics, educational systems, philosophy, science, and the arts around the world. Artistic, physical and intellectual competition pervaded all of society and this exhibition, coinciding with the 2020 Olympics in Toyko, highlights that competition can unify, resulting in achievement and innovation. 

Don't miss this major international exhibition coming exclusively to Auckland in July 2020 - a world-class exhibition in our own backyard.

This impressive and impactful exhibition is an introduction to an ancient culture that has never before been showcased in Auckland in this way or to this scale.

Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors and Heroes, on for a limited time only, will open to the public on Friday 3 July 2020.

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If you are interested in a group booking, please email
If you’re a school, please visit or email to be notified when our education programmes will be released for this exhibition.   

​Banner Image: (Detail) Pottery, black-figured hydria (water jar), made in Athens about 510–500 BC, found at Vulci, Italy, 1837,0609.60 © The Trustees of the British Museum.
Main Image: (Detail) Frieze block showing a battle between Greek and Amazon warriors, marble, about 350 BC, from the site of the Mausoleum at Halikarnassos, 1865,0723.1 © The Trustees of the British Museum.

The presentation of this exhibition is a collaboration between the British Museum and Auckland War Memorial Museum, in partnership with the National Museum of Australia in Canberra and the Western Australian Museum. 

With support from ATEED