An exclusive exhibition showcasing the might and power of Ancient Rome is coming to Queensland Museum.

Gladiators: Heroes of the Colosseum will reveal unique insights into the fascinating lives of gladiators and the arenas in which they fought.

Queensland Museum CEO and Director Professor Suzanne Miller says the exhibition will feature a stunning array of archaeological treasures, including elaborately decorated bronze gladiator helmets and original arms and armour preserved in the ashes of Pompeii.

“This will be the first time many of these artefacts have been displayed in Australia and will give visitors to the Queensland Museum a unique opportunity to view more than 120 objects up close,” she says.

“As well as viewing these extraordinary antiquities, which include actual pieces of Rome’s famed Colosseum; visitors can learn the story of these armed athletes through interactive games and displays of historical armour.”


The exhibition will explore four themes — the origin and development of gladiatorial games; Gladiators; the Colosseum and the amphitheatre of the Roman Empire; and One Day in the Arena, designed to give visitors a taste of what life was really like in Ancient Rome.

Queensland Museum has teamed up with Tourism Events Queensland to host this Australian-exclusive exhibition.

Kate Jones, the Minister for Tourism and Major Events, says exhibitions like Gladiators: Heroes of the Colosseum help reinforce Queensland’s reputation as a top tourism destination.

“Queensland is renowned for its ability to host world-class events and exhibitions and Gladiators: Heroes of the Colosseum is yet another drawcard for visitors to Queensland,” she says.

“Queensland Museum will be the only venue in Australia to host this extraordinary exhibition which combines modern technology and artefacts to tell the story of these ancient warriors.”

Gladiators: Heroes of the Colosseum will run from Friday 23 June 2017 to Sunday 28 January 2018 at Queensland Museum. Tickets are available now at QTIX.