University Cultural CollectionsTangible Evidence of Knowledge

John Elliott Classics Museum

The Classics Museum houses a significant and valuable collection of ancient artefacts from Egypt, Greece and Rome.  The museum was started as a teaching collection in 1954 by Classics Professor John Elliott to show the development of ancient Greek pottery decoration. Over the years, the collection has expanded to include artefacts and coins from Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, Etruria and Rome and some objects date from around 400BCE. It now contains 500 artefacts and 300 ancient coins. 

Items of special significance include: a pair of white-ground ‘lekythoi’, funerary pots, depicting rare dramatic scenes, along with two uniquely identified vases respectively named for their location in Hobart and the museum founder: the Hobart painter vase and the Elliot painter vase.

The museum is open to the public four days a week, and is used as a University teaching resource and offers activity sessions for school and community groups.



The John Elliott Classics Museum and The Great War

Classics Changes - University of Tasmania Classics Department and the Museum

John Elliott Classics Museum: Hobart's hidden gem brings ancient world to life,  by Paul McIntyre, ABC Radio Hobart, 8 April 2016 


University of Tasmania Classics,  YouTube, Published on 7 December 2017


Contact us 


T +61 3 6226 2235


Visit us

John Elliot Classics Museum, University Centre, Dobson Road, Sandy Bay Campus, Hobart

We are open Monday to Thursday from 9am to 12pm and 1pm to 4pm  (closed 12pm to 1pm).  The museum is closed on Friday, the weekend and during the summer break.