Gladiators: Heroes of the Colosseum


In an Australian exclusive, Gladiators: Heroes of the Colosseum is an international touring exhibition that will only be appearing at Queensland Museum.

The exhibition features more than 120 artefacts, interactive games and displays to reveal who gladiators were, where they lived and how they trained.

View archaeological treasures, including actual pieces of the Colosseum, elaborately decorated bronze gladiator helmets and original arms and armour preserved in the ashes of Pompeii.

Learn the story of these armed athletes who fought to entertain and inspire the people of Ancient Rome.

The exhibition will explore four themes: Origin and development of gladiatorial games; Gladiators; the Colosseum and the amphitheatre of the Roman Empire; and One day in the Arena.

Gladiators: Heroes of the Colosseum is produced by Expona and Contemporanea Progetti and features artefacts from seven Italian museums and institutions.

Ticket Prices

  • Adult: $18
  • Concession: $16
  • Child: $12
  • Family (2A+2C): $55
    My Museum members receive a 10% discount on exhibition entry and merchandise. 
    All ticket prices include booking fees. 

Gladiators is a timed ticketed experience. The exhibition is open daily from 9.40am to 5pm. Entry times commence at 9.40am daily, then at 20 minute intervals through to the last entry at 4pm. 

Please arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled ticket entry time.  For example if your ticket time is 10am please arrive at the museum no later than 9.50am. 

Why is entry timed? 
Entry is timed so that we can manage the flow of visitors through the exhibition, once inside you’re welcome to stay as long as you like. Please note there are no pass outs from the exhibition.

We recommend planning your trip to the museum with plenty of time to find parking and allowing for possible delays on public transport. 

After Dark

Click here for dates and programming information for the Gladiators: After Dark series.



School bookings, or community groups of 10 or more children (15 years and under): $10 per child.
Further information, including cost for carers/supervisors is available here.  

Booking Process: 
Please complete the School & Group booking form. If you have any questions, please phone our Booking Officer on (07) 3840 7608, weekdays.

A Teacher Resource Guide for this exhibition will be available to download in Term 2. To find out about upcoming teacher events and resources, subscribe to our Learning e-news.

Discounted ticket price available for groups of 10 or more adults (16 years and over).

Benefits offered to group bookings include discounted ticket prices for adults (over 15 years) and one free adult with every group. 

Cost:$16.50 per adult 
Plus $14 group ticketing fee

 Booking Process:
Please complete the Group Booking form or phone QTIX on (07) 3840 7466.


Event Details

23 June 2017 - 28 January 2018
Level 3 Touring Exhibition Gallery

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