Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Alexander the Great Exhibition at the Australian Museum - 24th of November 2012 to 28th of April 2013

Poster for Alexander the Great exhibition at Australian Museum
The Australian Museum was established in 1827 and is actually Australia's first public museum. It is located just across Hyde Park in Sydney and has three levels of exhibitions covering the areas of animal science, mineral science and cultures which include Skeletons, Birds & Insects, Planet of Minerals and Indigenous Australian. It's a very kid-friendly museum with lots of features targeted at children such as the Dinosaurs space, Kidspace (a mini museum for the under 5s), and the 'Search and Discover' area, a great information and resource centre for students.

Besides, its permanent exhibits and space areas, the Museum also hosts many changing exhibitions. One such exhibition is the 'Alexander the Great - 2000 Years of Treasures' exhibition which will be running from 24th of November 2012 till 28th of April 2013. Alexander the Great was a king of Macedon, which is a state in northern ancient Greece. He was born in Pella in 356 BC, and was tutored by Aristotle until the age of 16. By the time he turned thirty, he had already created one of the largest empires of the ancient world, stretching from the Ionian Sea to the Himalayas!

Come and find out more about this fascinating character and one of history's most successful commanders at this exhibition. The exhibition will be divided into six main themes:
- The Myth of Alexander
- Alexander’s Background
- His Eastern Campaign
- The Hellenistic cultural legacy created by Alexander’s empire
- Ongoing Hellenistic influence
- Reinventing Alexander

The exhibition features the largest collection of treasures to ever come to Australia's shores from the famous Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, Russia, showcasing over 400 objects from classical antiquity through to the modern age from both Western and non-Western origins including the famous Gonzaga cameo and the polished black basalt statue of Cleopatra VII!


DATE: Saturday, 24th of November 2012 to Sunday, 28th of April 2013

VENUE: The Australian Museum, corner of College Street & William Street, Sydney. It is located just across the road from Hyde Park and opposite the St.Mary's Cathedral.

TIME: The Australian Museum is open 9.30am to 5.00pm every day except Christmas Day.

LOCATION MAP: Click here

GETTING THERE: The best way to get there is to catch a train and alight at the St.James, Museum or Town Hall station. All three stations are located more or less the same distance to the Australian Museum, about a 7 minute walk away. For more info on other ways to get there including parking stations, go to this link:

ENTRY FEE: For general admission (that includes the Alexander the Great exhibition): $24 Adult; $60 Family (2 adults + 2 children); $18 Concession; $12 Child (5-15 years). This is a timed-ticket exhibition so when you purchase your tickets, you will be asked to choose a date and time you would like to see the exhibition. You can book online here:

MORE INFO: Call the Australian Museum on 02 9320 6000, use their contact form here or check the Australian Museum website:

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