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Partnership with the Field Museum

CLB Greece (2015.3.21)

Courtesy of the Archaeological Museum of Pella.

Opening November 25 at The Field Museum, “The Greeks—Agamemnon to Alexander the Great” draws from the collections of 21 museums throughout Greece, making it the largest exhibition of its kind to tour North America in 25 years. Spanning 5,000 years of Greek history and culture, the exhibition presents stories of individuals from its origins in Neolithic villages through its expansion during the conquests of Alexander the Great.

“The Greeks” is making the first of two U.S. stops at The Field, and its appearance is the result of a first-of-its-kind partnership between The Field Museum and co-presenter, the National Hellenic Museum. In addition to “The Greeks” at The Field Museum, the National Hellenic Museum will host related programming and exhibitions in its Greektown home.

The exhibition contains more than 500 magnificent artifacts, many of which have never been displayed outside of Greece. Show-stopping examples include enigmatic stone figurines from the Cycladic Islands, gold funerary masks from Bronze Age tombs, classical marble statues of Greek poets, athletes, and heroes, and brightly painted ceramic vases featuring scenes from Greek mythology and daily life.

But the objects tell only part of the story. The exhibition is presented largely through the lens of the ancient Greeks themselves. Some are recognizable today—Homer, Agamemnon, Pericles, Philip II, and Alexander—their achievements recorded in epic poems, historical writings, and mythological stories. But many of the people featured in the exhibition remain unnamed and known to us only through the archaeological record: a priestess of Mycenae, a warrior of the Iron Age, two noble women of the Archaic period, and an athlete of the Classical era. The objects buried with these individuals provide insights into their lives and the roles they played within their respective families and societies.

“The Greeks—Agamemnon to Alexander the Great” was developed by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports (Athens, Greece), The Field Museum (Chicago, USA), the National Geographic Museum (Washington, DC, USA), Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal Archaeology and History Complex (Montréal, Canada), and the Canadian Museum of History (Gatineau, Canada).

“The Greeks” is co-presented in Chicago by The Field Museum and National Hellenic Museum, and made possible by the generous contribution of The John P. Calamos Foundation and John P. Calamos, Sr., Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the National Hellenic Museum.

Transportation provided by PACART.



The co-presentation of “The Greeks—Agamemnon to Alexander the Great” by The Field Museum and the National Hellenic Museum provides a unique opportunity for members of both institutions to enjoy reciprocal benefits: access to both Museums, tickets to special exhibitions and unique programs, discounts on purchases at Museum stores and restaurants, and much more! See our membership page for more information.

To receive these benefits at The Field Museum, you must take your ID and NHM membership card to the South Entrance Membership Booth. To reserve tickets in advance, call The Field Museum at 312-665-7705.


Go Beyond The Greeks at the National Hellenic Museum