Part of our Myth and Reality Season

The tour is now FULLY BOOKED

This Members-only tour will take place in the exhibition gallery. Ticketholders should enter via the St. Giles entrance.

Drinks will be served in the Rooftop Restaurant from 6.30pm, following the tour.

Join Dr Andrew Shapland, Sir Arthur Evans Curator of Bronze Age and Classical Greece at the Ashmolean, in this guided tour of the Labyrinth: Knossos, Myth & Reality exhibition for Members.

The archaeological site of Knossos was famous in myth as the place where the Minotaur was imprisoned in a labyrinth, and in history as the centre of the Bronze Age Minoan civilisation, the home of the earliest farmers in Europe and a thriving Greek and Roman city.

Drawing of the Cretan Labyrinth amongst a hilly landscape

The Cretan Labyrinth, 1558, after Mathjis Cock drawing © Ashmolean Museum

Marble sculpture of the mythical minotaur, with a bull's head a human torso

Marble sculpture of the Minotaur, 1-300 CE, National Archaeological Museum, Athens © Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports / Hellenic Organization of Cultural Resources Development


Dr Shapland, curator of this major exhibition, will lead this tour, after which drinks will be served at the Rooftop Restaurant.

Members may also be interested in the Exhibition Curator's Talk that is happening earlier on the same day at the Taylorian.


The talk will take place onsite at the Museum, and booking is essential

Tickets are £10 and are available to Members only.


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