Previous Events

Previous Events



Gods, Myths & Mortals opens!

Wednesday 10 September

Official launch of Gods, Myths & Mortals, a collection from the Benaki Museum bringing 8,000 years of Greek civilisation to Melbourne for the next decade.

Opening the collection was Victorian Premier, Dr Denis Napthine; along with Benaki Museum Deputy Director Irini Geroulanou; Minister for Planning and Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship the Hon. Matthew Guy; and Hellenic Museum Chairman Harry Stamoulis.

Stefano Canturi, a classically trained craftsman and visionary jewellery designer, sights the amazing quality and workmanship that cannot be reproduced today.

Hellenic Museum CEO and Victorian Premier, Dr Denis Napthine tour the collection

Evan Dimitropoulos, Peter Economides, Angela Nicolades, John Dimitropoulos

Greece's former Minister for Culture Pavlos Yeroulanos, Hellenic Museum Chairman Harry Stamoulis, Victorian State Premier Dr Denis Napthine

First look: at the launch for Gods, Myths & Mortals



Lefkandi in Euboea: Past and Recent Archaeological Research

Friday 12 September, 6pm

Presented by the Hellenic Museum in partnership with La Trobe University and the A.D. Trendall Research Centre for Ancient Mediterranean Studies, in collaboration with the Australian Archaeological Institute in Athens (AAIA), invite you to a special public lecture by Prof. Irene Lemos (Oxford University) followed by a private viewing of the new exhibition Gods, Myths & Mortals.

Aerial view of the site of Xeropolis

The site of Lefkandi in Euboea has offered much to the archaeology of the Late Bronze and Iron Age Aegean. The amazing discoveries made by teams of British and Greek archaeologists at the site have changed our perspectives of the period from 1200 to 700 BCE.

This lecture presents some of the most important discoveries made at Lefkandi, including those from the recent excavations under Prof. Lemos’ direction.

The history of Lefkandi started in the Early Bronze Age when the settlement was occupied for the first time and the site became an important node in the Aegean during the Middle Bronze Age. During the Mycenaean period Lefkandi was under the control of the powerful palace of Thebes, but after the collapse of the Mycenaean administration system the site became one of the key and most important settlements in the Aegean if not of the eastern Mediterranean.

During the last stages of the Bronze Age and into the Iron Age the inhabitants exploited the beneficial location of the site in the Euboean Gulf and the natural resources of their region. Lefkandi developed into one of the most prosperous and affluent communities of its time. Was this an exceptional site whose wealth and complex social organisation was indeed unrivalled or is it because of the modern archaeological research that we can gain a glimpse of one of the lesser known periods in ancient Greece.

Professor Irene Lemos is Reader in Classical Archaeology at Oxford University, and Director of the Lefkandi-Xeropolis excavations in Euboea. She is the author of The Protogeometric Aegean: The Archaeology of the Late Eleventh and Tenth Centuries BC (Oxford, 2003) and of numerous publications on the Lefkandi excavations as they relate to elite burials in the Iron Age, tell formation processes and ceramic analyses. Prof Lemos is in Australia as the the 2014 Visiting Professorial Fellow of the AAIA.

Registration: This is a free event, but numbers are strictly limited. Please book your place by emailing



Gala Preview: MASTER CLASS

Saturday 16 August, 7.30pm

The Hellenic Museum is proud to support Left Bauer Productions' Master Class.

Inspired by Maria Callas’ 1971 visit to New York’s Juilliard School of Music, Master Class is an insightful look at the life and art of opera’s most beloved and controversial diva.

At the time, Callas’ own career singing on the world’s great stages had drawn to a close; her voice - a shadow of its former glory. Six years later, Callas’ death, at the age of 53 sealed her legend as a real-life tragic heroine. Starring Maria Mercedes, and featuring three of Melbourne’s most exciting young operatic talents, Master Class sees Callas prod and provoke her students in a searing, funny and touching depiction of a woman who knows the sacrifices required to attain the dream. Forty years later, Callas’ story as a woman forced to choose between her professional and personal lives remains as relevant as ever.

Tickets available here

Gates, and the bar, open at 6.30pm

Performance commences at 7.30pm, with a 20 minute interval

Season begins at fortyfivedownstairs from 19 August. 



A Very Special Announcement

Tuesday 13 May, 6pm 

Friends of the Museum gathered last night to hear Premier Denis Napthine announce State Government support for the upcoming Benaki Museum and Hellenic Museum collaboration. 

Attending was also Greece's Minister of Tourism Mrs Kefalogianni, Minister for Planning and Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship Mr. Matthew Guy, and other dignitaries in a strong show of support for the city's ethnic museum sector and the arts scene of multicultural Melbourne.

Thank you to everyone who came, the Benaki Collection opens midyear!

Images from top to bottom: gathering for the speeches; Premier Napthine, Greece's Minister of Tourism Mrs Kefalogianni, Minister for Planning and Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship Mr. Matthew Guy; Ms Melina Stamoulis, Mrs Helen Stamoulis, Minister Kefalogianni, Museum Chairman Harry Stamoulis, Mrs Valenti Stamoulis. 


The photographs of archaeologist Sir John Linton Myres: Greece before WWI

Thursday 27 March, 6pm  

Presented by the Hellenic Museum in partnership with the A.D. Trendall Research Centre for Ancient Mediterranean Studies at Latrobe University.

Sir John Linton Myres (1869-1954) was a distinguished Oxford archaeologist, ancient historian, anthropologist and traveller. He was also a keen photographer who amassed hundreds of images of his travels through Greece in the late 19th century. Myres’ extensive collection of lantern slides and negatives have been in store at the Institute of Archaeology, Oxford, for many decades, and are not yet available to the public. However, the collection now forms the core of a new interdisciplinary digital project, the Historic Environment Image Resource (HEIR), which explores the modern interdisciplinary research relevance of historic photography. This lecture will draw on HEIR to showcase Myres’ unique view of Greece and the Greeks in the decades before WWI, as he recorded vulnerable ancient landscapes, vanishing local customs, and an uneasy political environment.

Dr Sally Crawford FSA is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Archaeology, Oxford and Co-Director of the Historic Environment Image Resource project. She is a founder member and Monograph Editor of the Society for the Study of Childhood in the Past.

Registration: This is a free event, but please book your place by emailing

Mrs Myres at the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion, 1905


Summer Arts Festival 2014

1 February - 11 March 2014

Over six weekends of Summer, the garden courtyard at the museum opens its gates and celebrates the arts in Melbourne.

The Summer Cinema kicks off the program, bringing films from Greece's golden era of movie production, while the Summer Arts Long Weekend is all about the contemporary: from performing arts, to music, comedy and a kids program. 


Pop-up cafe and bar by Con Christopoulos (Neapoli, The European, Siglo). 

With new ice-cream flavours, including: Baclava, Rosewater, and Ouzo, as well as full menu with cinema inspired mains, snacks and sweets. Open from 7pm as part of the Summer Cinema, and all weekend over the Labour Day long weekend!


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Australian premiere of “Corybas” and “Aegean” by composer John Psathas and the New Zealand Chamber Soloists

Presented by The Delphi Club     29th September 2013                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               On Sunday 29th of September the New Zealand Chamber Soloists took centre stage at the Hellenic Museum presenting the Australian premiere of two new works by New Zealand-Greek composer, John Psathas. The compositions “Corybas” and “Aegean” were performed in the Museum’s magnificent courtyard on an equally magnificent spring afternoon.