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Museum of Classical Archaeology

The Museum of Classical Archaeology is the largest collection of artefacts from ancient Greece and Rome on display in South Australia.

It comprises the teaching collection of the Department of Classics, and our archaeology students are able to study this material at first hand in select Classics courses and through the Faculty's internship programme for undergraduates. Dr Margaret O’Hea  is the Director of the Museum.

The material includes glass, pottery and metalware from Minoan Crete to Hellenistic Greek cities in Southern Italy; from Etruscan Italy to the Roman provinces of Britain, Gaul and Egypt. We also house a small but representative collection of Egyptian material - mostly Late Period-Hellenistic - and artefacts from published archaeological excavations in Jordan and Iraq. Our Egyptian collection includes some papyri and also a woven textile fragment from the Late Roman period.

  • Community Outreach

    Since its expansion in the late 1980s from a small departmental cabinet collection to a large display of more than 1700 items, the Museum has been supported by a charity, The Friends of the Museum of Classical Archaeology (FMCA). This organisation funds an outreach programme of public lectures every year. Membership is fully tax-deductible.

    If you are interested in joining the FMCA, or renewing your subscription, please email Margaret O'Hea.

    You can also make a tax-deductible donation specifically to help the Museum, by completing the University's online donation form. Such donations help us to fund our displays and add to our teaching collection, which promotes the study of ancient Greece and Rome.

  • Opening Hours - First Tuesdays

    Because this is a university teaching collection, we are not always open to booked visits or to the general public. However, thanks to the generous dedication of University Collections Volunteers, we are delighted to announce that the Museum is open to the general public on the first Tuesday of every month (excluding December and January), between 11.00 am - 3.00 pm.

    We welcome all visitors to the University during this time, but please note that large bags, strollers etc may not be taken into the Museum. Photography is only allowed for personal use, without a flash or with a tripod.

    In addition to the First Tuesdays initiative, we are also always open to the public during our annual University Open Day, which is usually held in August on a Sunday. Please check with the University's main web-pages in early August every year for more information on this.

  • For Schools

    We welcome visits by school groups. All bookings must be made with the following in mind:

    • No bookings can be made on the first Tuesday of the month, since this would impinge on access by the general public on those days. Outside these days, visits should be booked between the hours of 9.00 am - 5.00 pm, Mon-Fri. The Museum is not normally open on weekends.
    • All bookings must be made by telephoning the School of Humanities Office on (08) 8313 4249.
    • The Museum visit will be supervised by our schools liaison officer, who can answer questions about particular artefacts.
    • The booking cost is $55 per group (GST included). Schools should present the cheque/money order for that amount to the schools liaison officer at the visit, and the University will post an official receipt within 30 working days. Cheques should be made payable to The University of Adelaide.
    • Due to limited space, the maximum size of any one group in the Museum should be no more than 15 people.

    We regret that we are not able to offer any kind of work experience placement for students at the Museum of Classical Archaeology.

  • Location

    We are located in the Basement of the Mitchell Building on the North Terrace campus, Adelaide

    Access is through the front doors of the Mitchell Building, facing North Terrace. Please note that there is no disabled access to the museum. Click here for a map of the campus.

  • Contact

    Address: The Museum of Classical Archaeology, 
    The University of Adelaide 
    South Australia 5005

    Telephone: School of Humanities (for group bookings) (08) 8313 4249

Department of Classics, Archaeology
& Ancient History

Level 7, Napier Building


T: +61 8 8313 4249
School of Humanities