Explore the legends of the gods and goddesses from Ancient Greece and Rome in this family-friendly exhibition, including some of the most well-known characters, such as Zeus, the king of the gods, Athena the goddess of wisdom and war, and Hercules, the hero. The exhibition features a stunning collection of over 100 sculptures and objects never before displayed together, that will immerse you in the ancient world and the heroes of the time.
Myths come to life as you learn how Apollo, god of music, slayed a snake to build his temple and Artemis, the goddess of the hunt, turned a shepherd into a stag so she could bathe in peace. Enter the luxury of a Roman villa, before stepping into the underworld in an ethereal display featuring the three-headed dog, Cerberus, guardian of the gates of Hades.
The exhibition includes incredible two-metre-high statues of Zeus, Aphrodite, and Athena, as well as amphoras (two handled ceramic pots) more than 2000 years old, illustrated and graffitied with their artist’s tag.
Originally collected by the 18th century antiquarian Henry Blundell of Sefton, this is the first time this significant collection of sculptures will be displayed on such a scale, with the sculptures comparable in importance and quality to the Charles Townley collection at the British Museum, and to Roman sculptures at the Vatican, Italy.