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Ancient Rome: Epic Innovators and Engineers

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Experience the wonder of Ancient Rome

'Ancient Rome: Epic Innovators and Engineers' is a family-friendly exhibition currently showing at the WA Maritime Museum until Sunday, 26 April 2020. The exhibition is showing every day from 9.30pm to 5.00pm. Ticket prices are adults $17.50, concession (must present a valid Student, Senior, or Health Care Card) $10, Kids (5-15) $7.50, Kids (0-4) Free, Family (2 adults and 2 kids) $45, Carers (Must present a valid WA Companion Card) Free. The exhibition is best suited for families with primary school-aged children between the ages of 8 and 12 years. The exhibition has been designed to be both entertaining and educational.

Ancient Rome: Epic Innovators and Engineers
A bust of Julius Caesar


The Roman Imperial period (27BC 476AD) was a time of great technological achievements and human accomplishment. We have inherited a lot from the Ancient Romans. Many of their concepts, ideas, and inventions are still being used today.

'Ancient Rome: Epic Innovators and Engineers' features reconstructions of Ancient Roman technology created by the Artisans of Florence. The Artisans of Florence are the international tour operators for the Museum of Leonardo da Vinci in Florence, Italy. They are responsible for designing, developing and touring interactive scientific exhibitions all around the world. The Artisans of Florence reconstructed Ancient Roman technology for this exhibit using the same materials and techniques the Ancient Romans would have used thousands of years ago.

Ancient Rome: Epic Innovators and Engineers
An example of a Roman Triumph uniform. A Roman Triumph was an honour given to Roman Generals who had achieved a great victory in battle.


I liked the section of the exhibit that showcased their military genius and war machines. There was a bust of Julius Caesar and models of several Roman military machines. We were told that we would be able to touch some replicas, but not all of them. The war machine models were very large and came with an information plaque next to them that explained their history. The range of weapons they had back then was really impressive. As someone who grew up playing Age of Empires and watching Gladiator on repeat, I geeked out a bit looking at them.

Ancient Rome: Epic Innovators and Engineers
Gladiators were slaves who fought to death in armed combat to entertain audiences in Ancient Rome.


There was an assault ram with a steel-tipped rod shaped like a ram's head; an Onager catapult which took nine men to operate; stars of the valley which was a spiked defensive structure the Romans would put around their camps to protect their troops; a scorpion ballista; a siege tower which was a wooden structure that the Romans would use to help their soldiers storm an enemy base; and there was a Tortoise Ram, which was a wooden frame on wheels that was armed with a huge battering ram that the Romans would use to smash through walls.

Ancient Rome: Epic Innovators and Engineers
A re-creation of a Roman Testudo which was a military formation performed by Roman Legionnaires


I really liked the example of the Roman Testudo, which was a military formation that Roman legionnaires used to perform where they interlocked their shields to form a protective wall and roof around them.

Ancient Rome: Epic Innovators and Engineers
An example of an assault ram used by the Romans


I was impressed by the Roman Triumph uniform. A Roman Triumph was an honour given to Roman Generals after achieving a great victory in battle. The level of detail that went into making this costume was very impressive.

Ancient Rome: Epic Innovators and Engineers
A re-creation of Gladiator helmets and traditional weapons and tools

'Ancient Rome: Epic Innovators and Engineers' was a great exhibit to take my five-year-old daughter too. It's amazing all of the things that they were able to invent over 2,000 years ago like modern-day plumbing, roads, water wheels and sundials. I was also delighted to learn some new things about the Romans, like how they invented stone archways, operated ancient cranes, pulleys, and had water clocks.

Ancient Rome: Epic Innovators and Engineers
One of the most influential inventions of the Ancient Romans was their highly advanced plumbing system

'Ancient Rome: Epic Innovators and Engineers' makes for a great activity as part of a family day out in the City of Fremantle. Adults and children will love learning about this fascinating era and there is a dress-up station where you can dress up as a god or goddess and take photographs of yourself in front of a backdrop.

Ancient Rome: Epic Innovators and Engineers
An example of a Noria Roman water wheel


Your ticket into 'Ancient Rome: Epic Innovators and Engineers' will also grant you access to the rest of the WA Maritime Museum. After you've finished looking at the exhibit, take a stroll through the rest of the museum and check out the HMAS Ovens, permanent galleries, Welcome Walls, Megamouth shark and more.

Ancient Rome: Epic Innovators and Engineers
A model of a traditional Roman arch


For more information about 'Ancient Rome: Epic Innovators and Engineers' including details about parking and public transport please visit their website.
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Why? Learn all about the Roman Empire and how this influential time in history helped to shape the modern world.
When: Saturday, 7 December 2019 to Sunday, 26 April 2020 9:30am to 5:00pm
Phone: 1300 134 081
Where: WA Maritime Museum, Victoria Quay Road, Fremantle, Western Australia, 6160
Cost: Adults $17.50, concession (Must present a valid Student, Senior, or Health Care Card) $10, Kids (5-15) $7.50, Kids (0-4) Free, Family (2 adults and 2 kids) $45, Carers (Must present a valid WA Companion Card) Free.
Your Comment
This would be a fascinating exhibition to see. We sometimes forget in our technological age about how much was achieved so very long ago and how much of it underpinned progress.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|8042) 335 days ago
This is a great holiday activity! Thanks for sharing.
by SocialHummingBird (score: 3|1396) 333 days ago
This looks fab! Definitely one to add to the to-do list.
by Reeva Cutting (score: 0|6) 334 days ago
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