An exhibition of stunning artefacts from one of the world's great ancient civilisations.
The Wonders of Ancient Mesopotamia, will explore an era of extraordinary invention and innovation, the impact of which is still shaping our lives thousands of years later.
It will feature over 170 artefacts from the world famous Middle East collection of The British Museum. From massive carved stone reliefs depicting scenes of battles and hunting to stunning gold jewellery.
This exhibition focuses on three of the great centres of ancient civilisation – Sumer, Assyria and Babylon – bringing their rich history to life through objects and multimedia.
Themes in the exhibition include palaces and royal power, religious beliefs and rituals, burial practices and royal tombs, and the myths and legends that surround ancient Mesopotamia.
This exhibition is a collaboration with the British Museum.
Adults $24, concession $16, children $14, school groups $10 per student.
Telephone Bookings: 13 11 02 (Victoria only), 1300 130 152 (Australia-wide), +61 3 8341 7777 (International)
All tickets include entry to Melbourne Museum.MV Members receive discounted entry.
We are planning a suite of programs to help kids and families engage with the exhibition. Within the exhibition there will be signage aimed at engaging our younger audience with the content and there will also be some interactives on touch screens and a special kids version of the audio guide.
To compliment the exhibition we’re planning on having a short theatre presentation and school holiday activities. If you’re keen to get a head start, the British Museum Young Explorers website has some great videos and information. A little video introduction to Mesopotamia from Melbourne University's Dr Andrew Jamieson might be handy too.
There will definitely be a souvenir book to accompany the Mesopotamia exhibition. It will be available for purchase closer to the starting date.
Hi Frances, great to hear you are travelling from Adelaide to see Melbourne Museum's new exhibition “The Wonders of Ancient Mesopotamia” developed in partnership with the British Museum. Timed ticketing is still in place to help manage reduced hourly attendance levels and we are confident you will have a quality experience of this fantastic exhibition from beginning to end.
Many of the exhibition videos are accessible here (please click on the link), including two with the Curator Sarah Collins from the British Museum.
Hi Bob, The exhibition has timed ticketing. This controls the flow of visitors entering the exhibition and ensures that the exhibition does not become too crowded. If you would enjoy the exhibition more when it is least busy, we suggest that you avoid the popular times - weekends, public holidays, school holidays and the sessions on Thursday evenings.
The next allocation of tickets will be on sale on Friday the 1st of June. You can purchase these tickets either online or over the phone on 13 11 02.
Photography is not allowed within The Wonders of Ancient Mesopotamia exhibition. It is permitted within the Melbourne Museum itself, excepting the Bujilaka Gallery and the Top Designs Gallery.
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Unfortunately you are unable to take photos in the Mesopotamia exhibition. You are able to throughout the rest of the museum unless sign posted.
Due to the contractual obligations of the presenting partners, photography is not permitted in the Wonders of Ancient Mesopotamia exhibition area.
Thank you for your feedback regarding your recent visit. We appreciate where you are coming from with your feedback but I would like to address some of the concerns outlined. Firstly, we do have a timed entry system to manage capacity of the exhibition area, but we do not have a timed exit process. Once visitors enter the exhibition, they can stay as long as they like.
The reason why we have a no re –entry policy for Touring Exhibitions is:
As part of our timed ticketing entry process and managing capacity, at any one time, we are committed to delivering a quality experience to visitors where objects and text panels can be easily accessed throughout the exhibition area. By admitting unlimited re-entry this would impact on this commitment and affect following session times and the overall capacity.
We have to maintain and monitor a safe level of capacity for the overall exhibition. As you can appreciate, visitors cannot consume drink or food inside the exhibition area due to the safety of the objects also. We recommend visitors eat and drink before or after their visit
I hope this helps address the reasons for this policy.
Hi Out Of Time,
We will not extending The Wonders of Ancient Mesopotamia exhibition. After it closes on Sunday the 7th of October, the objects will be returning to the British Museum.
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