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Blockbuster Ancient Rome exhibition lands in Albury

Friday 7 June 2024

Albury LibraryMuseum’s 2024 blockbuster exhibition, Ancient Rome: The Empire that Shaped the World, will open to the public this Saturday 8 June.

From the same artisans that brought the highly successful Da Vinci Machines exhibition to Albury in 2019, Ancient Rome invites patrons to step back in time to one of the most technologically significant periods in Western history.

Acting LibraryMuseum Team Leader, Emma Williams, said the return of an Artisans of Florence exhibition to Albury was a coup for the city.

“We’re very excited to welcome this award-winning exhibition to Albury,” she said.

“Exhibitions of this size and calibre are usually only available in the capital cities. This exhibition has toured Melbourne, Las Vegas, Seoul, Hong Kong, Taipei and many other places around the world, so to have it come here speaks volumes for our community and our facilities.”

Ancient Rome: The Empire that Shaped the World covers the reign of Rome, from the triumph of Julius Caesar over Gaul in 52 BC to its transformation from a republic to a mighty empire.

Some of the highlights include a copy of the world’s oldest printed roadmap, insights into military strategy, unprecedented logistics and communications, and gladiators’ armour, swords, and shields.

Patrons can also explore the secrets of Ancient Rome’s famous stadium, the Colosseum, and view a range of objects from the Roman Empire that shaped our modern world, including:

  • Roman coins, frescoes, mosaics and board games
  • Odometers that accurately calculated distances on land and sea
  • Cranes, pulleys and other engineering equipment.

The exhibition will run until 1 September 2024 and is open daily during LibraryMuseum opening hours. Entry is by voluntary donation.