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Troy: Myth and Reality at British Museum

Filippo Albacini (1777–1858), The Wounded Achilles. Marble, 1825. Credit: The Devonshire Collections, Chatsworth. Reproduced by permission of Chatsworth Settlement Trustees. Image courtesy of the British Museum.
Separate myth from reality as ancient Troy is put under the spotlight. Read More


Examine how much of the legend of Troy was actually real in the first UK exhibition on the ancient city and its famous war, with Troy: Myth and Reality at the British Museum.

Was there such a thing as the Trojan horse? And was Achilles actually felled by an arrow to his heel? This 3,000-year-old tale is picked apart with historic artefacts, writings and archaeologists’ findings.

Learn more about the people central to the story through more than 300 objects, including Helen who was taken to Troy by Paris. Follow her ordeal with imagined scenes from her life and photographs in a series named Helen’s Odyssey. View early 20th-century marble sculpture, The Wounded Achilles, depicting the injured hero. Or pinpoint the meeting of Priam and Achilles, as told in Homer’s Iliad, with a decorative Roman silver cup.

Key to uncovering the truth are artefacts found by archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann in Turkey in the 1870s. Many of these original objects go on display in the UK for the first time in nearly 150 years, from pottery and silver vessels, to bronze weapons and stone sculptures.


Child Ticket (under 16 years old) FREE
Child ticket (17 to 18 years old) £17.00 per ticket
Adult Ticket £20.00 per ticket

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