Classics Museum


Opening hours

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



Monthly tours

The Classics Museum offers regular guided tours of the collection on the second Friday of each month. All are welcome. No need to book, but if you're bringing a group please contact us. Upcoming tour dates are as follows:

12.30 pm

Classics Museum tour

12.30 pm

Classics Museum tour

12.30 pm

Classics Museum tour

12.30 pm

Classics Museum tour


Group tours

Group tours of the Classics Museum can be arranged. Volunteer guides can take your group on a general tour or we can tailor a tour to suit your interests.


02 6273 2153



Occasional Papers

NailsThe Australian National University Classics Museum was delighted to receive a gift of five Roman nails from Canberra resident, Mr Derek Abbott, in 2012.

The nails were once part of a buried hoard of almost a million nails recovered from the famous Roman site of Inchtuthil in Perthshire, Scotland.

The occasional paper, the first in a series of museum papers, explores the story of the nails and the conservation undertaken to present the objects for museum visitors.

Download Occasional Paper No. 1
"Five iron nails from the Roman hoard at Inchtuthil"
by Matasha McConchie




Structure and Persuasion in Suetonius’ Caesars

Presented as part of the Centre for Classical Studies Seminar Series

At the sentence level Suetonius often appears to be neutral, but I argue here that the persuasive force of Suetonius’ text in the arrangement of his material creates a...

Achilles and Scamander go to school (Proclus in Plat. Tim. 19 d-e)

Presented as part of the Centre for Classical Studies Seminar Series

“It is not difficult to say that Achilles came out armed in some such fashion as this, and did some such deeds as this, but to supplement this with an explanation...

Prophetic dreams and how to bring down an emperor in Maximus the Confessor

Presented as part of the Centre for Classical Studies Seminar Series

Maximus the Confessor (c. 580‐662) considered dreams to be involuntary. He used this position to defend himself against the charge of treason at his trial in...

Book launch of 'Text and the Material World: Essays in Honour of Graeme Clarke'

Hosted by the ANU Centre for Classical Studies and the Friends of the ANU Classics Museum

As a scholar, with more than 50 years of productive research behind him, Graeme Clarke has achieved international distinction in two fields: in...


Friends of the ANU Classics Museum: Annual Winter Dinner

Limited places, so please phone the restaurant on 6257 2718 for reservations and payment by Friday, 19 May. Seating allocation will be made by a committee member at tables of 8; so please list names of guests for whom you are booking, and indicate if...


Theoclymenos, the "overlooked" Homeric refugee

Presented as part of the ANU Centre for...


'Odyssey 24' with the ANU Centre for Classical Studies

Please join the ANU Centre for Classical Studies as we contribute to the European Festival of Latin and Greek in an international reading of Homer's Odyssey.

At 10.00am sharp Paris time on Friday 24 March (that is, 8....


Tales for All Time: Modern Audience Reception of Homeric Epic

Presented by Karen Possingham (ANU) as part of the Classics Seminar Series

The poet we call Homer stands at the intersection of a long oral tradition and the emergence of literacy. The poems associated with his name have exercised a...


Books That Changed Humanity #4: The Iliad

Books that Changed Humanity is a book club with a difference.

Each month, the Humanities Research Centre hosts an expert from one of a variety of disciplines, who will introduce and lead the discussion of a major historical text. All of these...


ANU FAAIA Annual Fundraising Dinner

The ANU Friends of the Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens (FAAIA) cordially invites you to their Annual Fundraising Dinner:

'The Iliad As It Should Be - Live and Loud': Readings by William...

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