More than 100,000 people have visited “The Greeks – Agamemnon to Alexander” exhibition in Pointe à Callière, Montreal Archaeology and History Complex, since it opened its doors on December 12, 2014.
According to the Greek Ministry of Culture, visitors were not discouraged by the cold winter weather in Canada, with low temperatures reaching -40 degrees Celsius. On the contrary they opted for leaving their homes and visiting the local museum to learn more about the ancient Greeks, forming large queues outside Pointe à Callière. Furthermore, the lectures that accompanied the exhibition were always full, while the museum recorded a large number of sales in books regarding the exhibition artifacts.
According to Canadian media the exhibition popularity is due to the fact that it consists of more than 500 exhibits of great scientific importance and aesthetic value. The artifacts came from 21 Greek museums, most of which were exhibited in North America for the first time. Additionally, Canadian’s love for Greek culture, the base and cradle of Western civilization also played a significant role.
The exhibition that has deeply touched the Greek Diaspora is firmly supported by the Canadian Embassy in Greece, and the Greek Embassy in Canada. It was organized by the Ministry of Culture, Pointe à Callière Montreal Archaeology and History Complex, Canadian Museum of History (Gatineau, Canada), Field Museum Chicago USA, National Geographic Museum, Washington USA.
The exhibition has been scheduled to remain in Pointe à Callière Montreal Archaeology and History Complex until April 26, 2015, while later it will continue its journey across North American cities, notably Ottawa, Chicago and Washington.