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A British Museum Tour
Saturday 21 September to Sunday 12 January 2014
Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm
Weekends/Bank Holiday Mondays, 10am to 6pm
Last entry an hour before closing
Closed from 2pm Tuesday 24 December. Closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Visit the Christmas and New Year opening hours and services page for further details.
Access: Wheelchair accessible. Free audio description guides (Pen Friend) available on request.
Tickets: £5 / £4 concessions / £3 children (5 to 16yrs) / free under 5s
Family ticket £10 (2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children). Buy a family ticket and borrow a Roman kit bag to help your little time travellers discover what being Roman meant.
2 4 1 Offer
Enjoy 2 for 1 entry on exhibition tickets to Roman Empire: Power & People, Monday to Friday. Redeemable for two adults or one adult and one child. Includes concessions (excludes Family Ticket). Higher priced ticket must be paid for. Offer only valid Monday to Friday, from Monday 2 December until Tuesday 24 December (last entry 1pm). Not to be used in conjunction with any other discount or offer.
Plus, exhibition ticket holders can receive a complimentary cookie with a hot drink purchase from the Museum Café. Valid from Monday 2 December until Tuesday 24 December. Subject to availability.
Half price family ticket offer
Friends, Romans Countrymen, lend me your bears! From Friday 27 December – Sunday 12 January we are offering half-price family tickets to Roman Empire: Power and People when you bring along a teddy in a toga. To take up this offer, simply dress up your favourite bear in the distinctive garment of Ancient Rome, then show your toga-ed teddy to a member of staff at the exhibition ticket desk to get your half-price family ticket (usual ticket price £10).
Offer valid from 27 December until 12 January 2014. Not valid on 3 January. Not to be used in conjunction with any other discount or offer. Family ticket admits 2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children.
Free Fridays: 8 November and 3 January.
1 in 10 group visitors go free. Groups must book in advance by emailing email@example.com
Bristol Museum and Art Gallery will host the largest ever UK exhibition of Roman artefacts on loan from the British Museum this autumn.
Roman Empire: Power and People brings together over 160 stunning pieces from the British Museum to explore the story of one of the most powerful empires the world has ever seen. Roman Empire: Power & people press release (pdf, 386 KB)(opens new window).
Highlights include sculpture from the villas of the Emperors Tiberius and Hadrian, coins from the famous Hoxne treasure, beautiful jewellery and even near-perfectly preserved children’s clothing from Roman Egypt.
The exhibition explores the wealth, power and organisation of the Empire, but also how the Romans viewed their provinces and other peoples. Religious, military and personal objects give an insight into the lives of people across the Empire, from northern Britain to Egypt and the Middle East.
These fascinating objects show how the influences of the many people and places that the Romans came into contact with were absorbed and adapted into the Empire.
The exhibition débuts at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery and is the only stop in the south-west before touring the UK.
Roman Empire: Power and People is supported through the generosity of the Dorset Foundation. The exhibition has been developed in partnership with Bristol Museums, Galleries and Archives and The British Museum.
Return from the Underworld
Saturday 3 August to Sunday 12 January 2014
Discover the Orpheus Mosaic from Newton St Loe (pdf, 0.5 MB)(opens new window), one of our largest Roman Objects.
The Romans and Bristol
19 October to Sunday 12 January
An exhibition of Bristol’s own Roman collections and the people who discovered them.
Thursday 12 December, 5pm
Free but booking essential.
Tour of Roman Empire: Power and People for visually impaired visitors. Tours must be booked in advance: 0117 922 3571.
Winter Festivals Discovery Day
Sunday 15 December, 11am to 3pm
Discover what our diverse collections reveal about winter festivals throughout history with nativity scenes, Inuit life and the Roman festival of Saturnalia. Half-price family tickets to Roman Empire: Power & People (usual price £10) on this day.
Romans and Bristol
Wednesday 4 and Saturday 7 December, 1pm
Find out more about Bristol’s own Roman collections and the people who found them.
There are items relating to the Roman Empire in almost every gallery in the museum, fifteen objects in total. Each item is marked with a small Roman figure and a label which gives details of its connection with Rome. 'Roman' around the museum and see how many you can find! Download the information leaflet for further information (pdf, 430 KB)(opens new window).
Explore themes of power, influence and identity as well as the impact of the Roman Empire on people within it and beyond. Download the Roman Empire: Power and People schools programme (pdf, 0.8 MB)(opens new window) and a teachers visit guide to the exhibition (pdf, 3.2 MB)(opens new window) . Teachers are entitled to make one free preliminary visit to the exhibition during normal museum opening hours (including at weekends). To guarantee free entry, please email your name, school and the day/date you intend to visit to: Jane Hack, Learning Officer firstname.lastname@example.org.
10 % off Roman Empire: Power & People book
Teachers can also get a discount on the British Museum Roman Empire: Power and People book that accompanies the exhibition from the museum shop for the special price of £9. Contact Jane Hack to receive your discount voucher.
Bristol Museum and Art Gallery Queens Road Bristol, BS8 1RL Opening Hours
- Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm
- Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays, 10am to 6pm
- Email: email@example.com
- Work: 0117 922 3571