Ancient Rome on display in Townsville

Discover the legacy of the Roman Empire at the Museum of Tropical Queensland.

An exhibition highlighting one of the most powerful civilisations in the history of humankind has opened at the Museum of Tropical Queensland.

Ancient Rome: The Empire that Shaped the World features replica art, machines and technology from the famous era.

Created by internationally acclaimed Artisans of Florence, Italy, the exhibition consists of more than 50 displays including frescoes, catapults, armour, busts and weapons all reconstructed from ancient Roman records.

Queensland Museum Network CEO Dr Jim Thompson said the exhibition explored the important historical events, myths and legends of Ancient Rome.

“Visitors will be entertained whilst learning just how much we have inherited from this great Empire with many of the objects and concepts still a part of our contemporary life,” Dr Thompson said.

“After a year of closure due to extensive roof works, Queensland Museum Network is excited to bring this national touring exhibition to Townsville to celebrate not only the reopening, but all that the museum has to offer.”

Artisans of Florence Director Thomas Rizzo said the exhibition really resonated in regional communities where practical innovation, teamwork and community was key to success.

“It's a testament to the Roman Empire's lasting impact on our modern world and way of life, and the practical can-do attitude of the Romans,” Mr Rizzo said.

Ancient Rome: The Empire that Shaped the World is free with museum admission and is open until Sunday 14 November 2021.

The exhibition will run alongside Antiquities Revealed, a Queensland Museum travelling exhibition that showcases the Queensland State Collection of real artefacts from ancient Greece, Rome and Egypt.