For a decade, history has come to life at the Hellenic Museum through its exhibitions and events, revealing both new ideas and unexpected connections across time and across cultures.
ABOUT THE HELLENIC MUSEUM
Australia's Hellenic Museum was inaugurated in April 2007.
Occupying one of the country's landmark buildings, the Museum has taken on an identity of its own in the former Royal Mint building. Since its inception, the Hellenic Museum has continued to build and maintain its collections. Today, hundreds of objects spanning over 8,000 years of Hellenic history are on view at any given time in the Museum's galleries.
In 2013, the Hellenic Museum entered into a landmark 10-year agreement with the Benaki Museum, Athens. In 2014, the Hellenic Museum opened the exhibition 'Gods, Myths and Mortals', a snapshot of Hellenic-civilisation from the Neolithic period to mid-19th century CE.
Now in its 11th year, the Hellenic Museum continues to grow. By bringing together multiple artistic disciplines, historical objects, perspectives and ways of understanding, the Hellenic Museum aims to present a holistic experience of Greece, Greek culture and the contribution it has made, and continues to make to contemporary society.
The Hellenic Museum was founded by the late Melbourne businessman and philanthropist Spiros Stamoulis.
Having emigrated from Greece to Australia as a 13-year-old in the 1950s, Spiros was a passionate Hellene who believed that Melbourne, arguably the cultural capital of Australia and home to the largest Greek community of any city outside Greece, should be home to Australia's Hellenic Museum.
Armed with his vision and passion, Spiros developed and funded what would become the Hellenic Museum. This generosity is maintained by his family who continue to be the major benefactors of the Museum, ensuring Spiros' vision continues into the future.