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Ancient Greece comes to Canberra

Canberra continues to pump life into the art exhibition scene as it gets set to host a celebration of all things Ancient Greece at the National Museum of Australia.

Detail of kylix (drinking cup), Athens, Greece, about 575–550 BCE. © Trustees of the British Museum 2021

Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors and Heroes explores competition through sport, politics, drama, music and warfare, illuminated by more than 170 objects from the British Museum. 

It’s coming to the National Museum of Australia in Canberra from 17 December 2021, after COVID-19 delayed its arrival last year.

A major exhibition, Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors and Heroes features iconic objects that have never toured the Southern Hemisphere.

National Museum of Australia Director, Dr Mathew Trinca, said he was delighted that the show, which celebrates Olympic sporting prowess in the ancient Olympic Games, will now bookend the rescheduled 2021 Olympics year.

‘I know audiences will be mesmerised by the stories of competition in the Ancient Greek world and by the beautiful depictions of athletes, the ceramics, sculptures, armour and jewellery featured in the show,’ Dr Trinca said.

The accommodation 

To help you make the most of your stay in Canberra, a selection of Accor hotels are offering special ticket and accommodation packages for Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors and Heroes.

Stay at participating hotels in Canberra with Accor’s exclusive Ancient Greeks Accommodation Packages. The packages start at $157 and include overnight accommodation, daily breakfast, car parking and tickets to the exhibition. Accor Plus members enjoy an additional 10% discount.

Accor’s hotels are conveniently located within minutes’ drive to the National Gallery of Australia. Choose from the following:

  • Novotel Canberra – a 4-star hotel in the city centre, 10mins’ from the National Gallery
  • Mercure Canberra – a 4-star historic hotel in the heart of Canberra, 10mins from the National Gallery
  • Ibis Styles Canberra – a 3-star hotel located at Narrabundah in Canberra’s south, 15mins from the National Gallery and great for the budget-conscious
  • Ibis Styles Canberra Tall Trees – a 3-star hotel located at Ainslie in Canberra’s north, 15mins from the National Gallery and great for the budget-conscious
  • Ibis Styles Canberra Eaglehawk – a 3-star hotel located just across the ACT border in Sutton, NSW, 25mins from the National Gallery and great for the budget-conscious

Book today and secure your preferred visit. E-tickets to the exhibition will be provided upon arrival to the hotel.

Accor has also launched its Cleanliness & Prevention ALLSAFE label, creating COVID-safe standards for consumer reassurance at its hotels.

The ALLSAFE global cleanliness & prevention standards have been developed with and vetted by Bureau Veritas, a world leader in testing, inspections and certification. All the Group's hotels must apply these standards and will be audited either by Accor operational experts or by third-party auditors such as Bureau Veritas to receive this label.

For further information, visit the Accor website.