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From the Trojan horse and Troilus and Cressida to films and contemporary art, this exhibition tells the stories of Troy that have fascinated and inspired people for more than 3,000 years.

The story of a great city, plunged into a 10-year war over the abduction of the most beautiful woman in the world, is irresistibly dramatic and tragic.

The allure has sent adventurers and archaeologists in quest of the lost city, which is now widely believed to have existed, and the exhibition showcases the discoveries made by Heinrich Schliemann in Turkey in the 1870s, which changed the perception of this epic tale forever. A large number of his original finds, including pottery, silver vessels and bronze weapons, are on display in the UK for the first time in nearly 150 years.

But what of the heroes and the heartbroken, the women and the wanderers, who are said to have played a part in the Trojan War? Why have they inspired so many retellings, from Homer to Shakespeare and Hollywood? Visitors can get closer to these captivating characters by exploring the breathtaking art that brings them to life, from dramatic ancient sculptures and exquisite vase paintings to powerful contemporary works.

The exhibition includes responses to key objects created with participants from two charities, Crisis and Waterloo Uncovered, to highlight how the experiences of characters in the story resonate with displaced people and soldiers today.

ArchaeologyAncient & classical artLondon

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Daily, 10am – 5.30pm (Fri until 8.30pm) Closed 24 – 26 Dec and 1 Jan

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