Queensland Museum to reveal collections in new exhibition series

18 December 2019

The stories behind some of the extraordinary objects within Queensland Museum’s collection will take centre stage as part of a new exhibition series ‘Revealed’.

Revealed will be a series of exhibitions featuring objects from the State Collection with the first exhibition Antiquities Revealed opening on Friday 20 December.

Queensland Museum Network CEO Dr Jim Thompson said Revealed would provide an opportunity to showcase the museum’s expansive collection, beginning with Antiquities Revealed on Friday 20 December.

“Our collection has more than 15 million objects and through the Revealed series of exhibitions, we will be able to showcase these objects and the fascinating stories behind them,” Dr Thompson said.

Antiquities Revealed will feature more than 200 objects that will provide insights into daily life, personal dress, technology and beliefs from ancient Greek, Roman and Egyptian civilisations.

Queensland Museum Archaeologist Dr Brit Asmussen curated Antiquities Revealed and said it will feature a diverse range of intriguing stories.

“We are delighted to share some of our favourite items from the collection through Antiquities Revealed,” Dr Asmussen said.

“The objects featured in the exhibition are a fascinating insight into the stories from a different era, yet we can still connect with them as these items were used for day-to-day activities such as painted pottery from Greece and Cyprus, glass perfume bottles and fragments of mosaic pavement from Pompeii.

Antiquities Revealed tells a story of the people of this time – their lives, passions, creativity and innovation.”

From the common to the exquisite, visitors are invited to marvel at the intricate and well-loved items of everyday life from centuries ago through Antiquities Revealed.

Antiquities Revealed is a free temporary exhibition on Level 3, Queensland Museum and will open on 20 December 2019 and will run until 27 April 2020.

For more information visit www.qm.qld.gov.au 

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At a glance: Antiquities Revealed will feature over 200 objects from ancient Greek, Roman and Egyptian civilisations.

Smallest Object: A glass bead that was once part of a necklace

Largest Object: Bel Krater

Oldest Object: A twin necked jug from Cyprus (4200 years old), a cylinder seal from Mesopotamia (3900 years old), and a Greek spear head (3800 years old).  

Most Fragile Object: All of the glass objects