27 November 2014 until 10 May 2015

Exhibition 'Carthage'Exhibition 'Carthage'
Dutch Blockbuster FundDutch Blockbuster Fund
Statue of the chief Carthaginian god, Baal Hammon (Collection of the Musée National du Bardo, Tunisia)Statue of the chief Carthaginian god, Baal Hammon (Collection of the Musée National du Bardo, Tunisia)

This major exhibition on Carthage will introduce you to the illustrious history and archaeological treasures of one of the ancient world’s most legendary cities. You will find more than three hundred objects, including many highlights from the collections of renowned museums.

  • During the exhibition (27 November 2014–10 May 2015), a surcharge of €2.50 will apply in addition to regular admission rates (for visitors 18 or older)

Carthage: third city of the Roman Empire

Carthage was founded by the Phoenicians around the ninth century BC. About two thousand years ago, after it was captured by the Romans, it grew to become the third-largest city in the Roman Empire, after Rome and Alexandria. Carthage was on the coast of present-day Tunisia. For centuries, it was one of the most legendary centres of trade and navigation in the ancient world.

Highlights from Tunisia, the Louvre, and the British Museum

Never before has there been such a large exhibition about Carthage in the Netherlands. This major survey is possible thanks to highlights on loan from Tunisian museums, the Louvre, the British Museum, and other institutions. The objects are presented in the Mediterranean setting of the ancient port and the city ruins, which can still be found on the Tunisian coast.

Exceptional objects and famous figures from the ancient world

The eye-catching objects featured in the exhibition include colourful mosaics, marble and bronze sculptures, tombs, jewels, glass artefacts, and valuable treasures found in a shipwreck. The exhibition galleries will present the city’s fascinating and eventful history, illustrated by historical and mythical Carthaginians: Queen Dido, the Trojan hero Aeneas, the warlord Hannibal, Emperor Augustus, and church father Augustine. These stories begin with the founding of Carthage in the ninth century BC, followed by its annihilation and reconstruction by the Romans. From in the seventh century AD onwards, the city was gradually forgotten. The ruins of Carthage were not rediscovered until the early nineteenth century.

Reservations for guided tours or group visits

  • Guided Tour (adult rate, with guide):
    €75 per hour / €90 per hour on Sundays
    (max. 25 pers., reservation required)
  • Group visits (adult rate, without guide):
    €2 discount for visitors over 18
    (10 pers. minimum, reservation required)
History of CarthagePhoenicians, Romans, Vandals and ruins
Exhibition highlightsPhotographs and descriptions of 12 main objects