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Gladiators: Heroes of the Colosseum

Gladiators: Heroes of the Colosseum

On view September 30 – January 7, 2018*

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From the seats of the world’s most iconic stage, Fernbank invites visitors to discover the story behind one of Rome’s most celebrated traditions in this stunning new special exhibit. Building on the larger-than-life legends of gladiators, the exhibit explores the world these men inhabited, from the regimen of training, discipline and constant peril to the fame, wealth and freedom that greeted the very best gladiators.

The exhibit unfolds on two paths, revealing two protagonists interwoven by destiny: the gladiators themselves, and the colossal, complex stage where their fate was determined—the Colosseum. The story is told through original artifacts, modern replicas, interactive technology, and immersive environments. In celebration of the Museum’s 25th anniversary, Fernbank will plunge visitors into the very heart of ancient Rome.   

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Just for Kids

Don’t miss the special Kids’ Colosseum, developed by Fernbank Museum educators. Self-guided activities include opportunities to play Roman games, build Colosseum puzzles, dress up like a classic Roman, read myths and put on a puppet show. The Kids’ Colosseum is open during normal Museum hours and is free with Museum admission. Check out more family fun at Fernbank.

Free with Museum admission and CityPASSMembers free

Make this special exhibit part of your next field trip!

Fernbank presents an extraordinary travel experience to Naples and Rome, curated by E & E Travel Society, Exclusivity and Excellence.

Gladiators: Heroes of the Colosseum is organized by Contemporanea Progetti and Expona, in collaboration with the Colosseum, Rome.

*Dates subject to change without notice.

Holiday Hours Notice: Fernbank Museum will be closed Thursday, November 23 for Thanksgiving and Monday, December 25 for Christmas. On Sunday, December 31, 2017, Fernbank Museum will open at 12:30pm due to the Museum’s ticketed family event, Noon Year’s Eve. The Giant Screen Theater resumes its normal schedule at 1pm.