Australian Museum

The largest collection of treasures to ever come to Australia from the world famous State Hermitage in St Petersburg, Russia. Over 400 objects from classical antiquity through to the modern age, spanning a period of almost 2500 years.

24 November 2012 - 28 April 2013

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Admission Costs

Prices below include entry to Alexander the Great and general entry.
Limited number of tickets available at the door.
Last session starts at 3:30pm. Please note: Museum closes at 5pm.

Cost Ticket
$24 Adult
$60 Family (2 adults + 2 children)
$12 Child (5 -15 years)
FREE Children under 5 years
$10 Member Adult
$26 Member Family (2 adults + 2 children)
$6 Member Child (5 -15 years)
$18 Australian Veterans Affairs Gold Card-holders
$18 Australian Government 'Blue' Pension Card-holders
$12 ICOM Members
FREE Companion Card-holders visiting with a person with a disability

Features from the collection


Mantel clock ‘The vigil of Alexander the Great’
Bronze, cast, embossed, gilded
Probably St Petersburg, Russia, 1820–1830

This clock, made by Russian artists, is based on the well-known work by French master Louis Lenoir-Ravrio. The centre piece – inspired by the famous ancient sculpture Mars Ludovisi, now in the National Museum in Rome – is decorated with a peaceful story from the life of Alexander. In this story, the young Alexander, determined to strengthen his concentration and willpower, would hold a ball while studying. If he became too relaxed or sleepy, the ball would clatter noisily onto a copper dish and wake him.


Statue of Dionysus: Roman copy of Greek original from late 4th – early 3rd century BCE
Frascati, Italy, 2nd century CE

Dionysus was the Greek god of wine, madness and theatre. He was popular in Macedon and Alexander’s mother Olympias was a devotee, so Alexander knew him from a young age. Dionysus was a guiding star on Alexander’s eastern campaign. Historians used Dionysus to create the myth of Alexander as the god was seen as a bringer of culture and had travelled in the east. Conversely, myths of Dionysus were enriched by Alexander’s campaigns. No myth existed about Dionysus in India prior to Alexander; however, the presence of ivy in the Khyber Pass encouraged Alexander to think he was following in Dionysus’ footsteps and the myth soon ‘appeared’.


"Wonderful exhibition - it had us all captivated for a couple of hours. Museum staff were very helpful. The museum shop is great too - could have easily spent a small fortune!"

"Very enjoyable 3 hours spent looking over the Alexander the Great exhibition. Very well laid out and detailed explanations provided as well."

"The Alexander the Great exhibit on loan from Russia is well worth the entry fee (AUD$12). The exhibit is memorable for being a presentation and learning experience rather than simply a display of artifacts."

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Web Apps for the Exhibition

Pack n Plunder Introduction Image

Got kids?

They can play our free Pack 'n Plunder game in the exhibition on your smartphone or tablet.

A Great Story Home Screen

A 'Great' story

Read/listen up on Alexander’s life now, in the queue or while you’re inside the exhibition.