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The distant past is a lot closer to hand – and sight – for scholars of the ancient world, thanks to the re-opening of the Classics Museum at ANU.
The Classics museum has been extensively refurbished this year with new cases, lighting and interpretative panels making the 50-year-old collection of more than 600 Greek and Roman antiquities more accessible for visitors and students alike.
Speaking at the official launch of the new museum last week ANU Chancellor, Professor the Hon Gareth Evans said the museum provides the broader public with the opportunity to engage with our ancient Mediterranean heritage.
“With this splendid refurbishment, the Classics Museum will take its rightful place as one of the University’s cultural jewels, and a place which many visitors to Canberra will want to visit,” said Professor Evans.
Also speaking on the evening curator and Classics scholar Professor Elizabeth Minchin said the new museum represented the culmination of two years of “planning, dreaming and sheer hard work”.
“We are delighted with [the museum], our students are delighted with it,” said Professor Minchin.
“We hope that the wider community too will wish to use our collection as a resource, a window onto the ancient Mediterranean world.”
The Classics museum is located in the A.D. Hope Building.