Melbourne Museum’s Open Horizons: Ancient Greek Journeys and Connections exploring ancient works from the Early Bronze Age to the Roman period and stories of antiquity from Greece and the Mediterranean, welcomes this weekends family event.

Exhibition tours, talks, Greek dancing and performances, as well as activities for children of all ages will take place in partnership with the Greek Community of Melbourne.

The statue of Antinoos. Photo: Nelly Skoufatoglou

Greek food trucks on the Museum Plaza from St Gerry’s Loukoumades and Greek Gyro catering offering Greek gyro souvlaki (chicken and lamb) as well as vegetarian options such as falafels, tofu souvlaki will also be available.

In addition to the rare exhibition, attendees will be able to get an in-depth analysis of the philosophy and utility of Ancient Greek artefacts and take part in workshops in collaboration with La Trobe University.

At the workshops, over two days, guests can discover how ancient Greek vases were made and decorated, what they were used for and what they can tell us about life in ancient Greece. As well as having the opportunity to handle real artefacts, between 12:30 and 1:30pm, students from La Trobe University will present a series of short talks (5–10 mins) that examine the techniques and technology used in making ancient Greek vases.

Hammering, casting, engraving, embossing; families will be encouraged to express their creativity and decorate their own embossed postcard inspired by the exhibition.

On Sunday Greek band Anagennisi will take to the stage with a dedication of all things “laiko”. Based in Melbourne and performing together since 2004, Anagennisi is a well-known favourite of the community for their quality live music.

Finally, Melbourne’s Hoplitikon featuring Hoplites in full armour will be on patrol throughout the Museum offering a unique immersion in Ancient Classical and Hellenistic Greek eras through re-enactment focusing on 600-100 BC.

The group aims to bring awareness to Ancient Greece that, at the time, lead the world in philosophy, democracy, arms technology and application on the ancient battlefield. The unique Greek Hoplite Warrior encapsulates the beginnings of the early European cultural determination.

Entry to the upper level of the museum for families is free.

When: Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 May 2022, from 10:30am and 11:30am

Where: Melbourne Museum: 11 Nicholson St, Carlton, VIC