Relive the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius and the rediscovery of Pompeii in an all-new exhibition.
Travel back in time to that fateful morning in 79 A.D. when Pompeii bustled as a commercial port and strategic military and trading city. Experience the lives of the city’s doomed residents and how they lived, loved, worked, and played.
Featuring nearly 200 artifacts — some never before seen in the United States—including vibrant frescoes, detailed mosaics, lifelike statues and precious personal objects, Pompeii: The Exhibition tells the story of a city hidden from view and forgotten for centuries until its rediscovery over 250 years ago.
The sudden disaster that destroyed the city also preserved a unique record of daily life at the height of the Roman Empire. Artifacts on loan from the Naples National Archeological Museum take visitors through a unique Roman Villa and onto the winding streets of Pompeii, exploring the Forum, theater and marketplace along the way. An immersive 4-D eruption theater allows guests to experience the eruption itself. CGI imagery, surround sound and special effects bring Mount Vesuvius to life with startling reality.
Adds the flexibility to visit exhibition any time and includes Audio Guide.Adult/Child: $29.95*
General Admission: Monday - Friday $19.95*
Saturday & Sunday $22.95*
General Admission: $15.95*
Now available for groups of 15 or more. Book a school field trip or company event today!
Adult Group: $12.95*
Youth/School Group: $9.95*
*Excludes taxes and fees
Add to your POMPEII: The Exhibition Experience with an Audio Guide. Available outside of the exhibition entrance for only $5.
Purchase a Pompeii ticket and add a Science City visit at a reduced rate.
Last tickets are to be sold 60 minutes prior to exhibition closing.
Stoller parking is available in the concourse of the Bank of America Gallery. No strollers are allowed in the exhibition gallery, itself.
Monday - Thursday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Guests should plan to spend at least 60 minutes and up to an entire afternoon exploring this exhibition.
Mount Vesuvius erupted on August 24, 79 AD, and sent a cloud of ashes, pumice stones, and smoldering hot volcanic gases high into the sky. People could see the eruptions for hundreds of miles. The debris made its way down to the earth as it began to cool. The volcano had been active for millennia before the eruption of 79, but had been dormant generations, and thus caught the ancient Romans off-guard.
Local inhabitants had long been aware of antiquities buried in their midst, and well diggers at Herculaneum, not far from Pompeii, discovered the theater of that city in 1738. A decade later attention shifted to Pompeii, which was not so deeply buried and more easily excavated.
The ruins of the city had previously been accidentally encountered in 1592 by engineers digging a canal, but they were not interested in the antiquities and continued with their project, leaving the ancient city relatively untouched.