Exhibition

Troy: myth and reality

21 Nov 2019 – 8 Mar 2020

Event times

open daily 10.00–17.30
The Museum is open until 20.30 on Fridays, except Good Friday.

Cost of entry

Members free
Adults from £20*
under 16s free

British Museum

London, United Kingdom

Address

Travel Information

  • Holborn (500m), Tottenham Court Road (300m), Russell Square (800m), Goodge Street (800m)

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The legend of Troy has endured for more than 3,000 years. The story of a great city, plunged into a 10-year war over the abduction of the most beautiful woman in the world, is irresistibly dramatic and tragic.

About

This allure has sent adventurers and archaeologists in quest of the lost city, which is now widely believed to have existed.

But what of the heroes and the heartbroken, the women and the wanderers, who are said to have a played a part in the Trojan War? Why have they inspired so many retellings, from Homer to Shakespeare and Hollywood? Get closer to these captivating characters as you explore the breath-taking art that brings them to life, from dramatic ancient sculptures and exquisite vase paintings to powerful contemporary works.

You can also examine the fascinating archaeological evidence that proves there was a real Troy – and offers tantalising hints at the truth behind the mythical stories.

From Helen of Troy’s abduction to the deception of the Trojan Horse and the fall of the city, tread the line between myth and reality in this phenomenal new exhibition.

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Exhibiting artists

Filippo Albacini

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