Museum of Classical Antiquities

History of the Museum

Established in 1975 as a teaching collection, the Museum of Classical Antiquities at the Department of classical and religious studies aims to inspire interest in classical studies in students of all ages.

Comprised of artefacts that reflect daily life during the period from the 7th century B.C. to the 7th century A.D., the permanent collection is enhanced by touring exhibitions and artefacts belonging to Canadian and foreign collectors.

Word from the curator

The Museum of Classical Antiquities was established in 1975 by the Department of Classics primarily for teaching purposes. Over the years our permanent collections has grown to include an excellent and representative ceramics collection, several sculptures and reliefs in stone and terracotta, an important Roman numismatics collection, and essentially a wide ranges of artefacts dealing with virtually all aspects of daily life in Classical antiquity.

Our programs offer several opportunities for undergraduates to participate in hands-on learning through a variety of workshops, activities and exercises which are normally incorporated into the courses offered by the Classics sector. In addition interested students may submit applications to work as volunteers in several capacities, in the Museum during the academic year. Many of our volunteers have gone on to pursue graduate work in museum studies, or have found various venues for museum employment in several contexts. We encourage students who are interested to seek us out at the beginning of term to find out about how they can be involved!

Dr. Antonia Holden

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