Escape from Pompeii

School programs

Escape from Pompeii The Untold Roman Rescue

Discover the story of Pompeii and the Roman Navy with a fascinating excursion, workshop or symposium.

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  • On-site Excursions

    Guided tours: For all age groups. Explore the exhibition with our museum educators through discussion, observation, inquiry tasks and hands-on activities. Includes the dramatic 3D film A Day in the Life of Pompeii. Extension activities for Stage 6. $7.00 per student

    What is History? (Pompeii): A workshop for Stage 4 students. Using Pompeii as a case study, discover how museums use sources to reconstruct, interpret and conserve the past. Also look at the role of science and geography in investigating history. Includes a guided tour of the exhibition and the dramatic 3D film A Day in the Life of Pompeii. $12.00 per student

    Combined programs: For a fascinating educational full day out join one of our combined programs with the Nicholson Museum at Sydney University or the Museum of Ancient Cultures at Macquarie University. Details coming soon. 

    Senior Ancient History symposium: For Stage 6 students. Presentations by a range of expert archaeologists and researchers with Q&A ‘meet the panel’ sessions and a historical inquiry task. Includes a visit to the exhibition and the dramatic 3D film A Day in the Life of Pompeii. Date to be confirmed, dependant on speaker availability. Likely late May 2017 – watch our website in 2017 for details or join our mailing list for notifications. $15.00 per student

    All Roads Lead to Rome (well…Pompeii) Festival: For all ages. Take over the museum in a full day immersed in Ancient Rome. Activities will include a visit to the exhibition and film, hands-on activities drawn from everyday life in Roman society, performances and storytelling, art-making, a Latin school and displays on archaeology and volcanoes. Prizes for best-dressed Romans and archaeologists! Date to be confirmed – likely in archaeology week, late May 2017. Watch our website in 2017 for details or join our e-mailing list for notifications. $12.00 per student

    Historical fiction competition: Open to Years 7 & 8. Using Pompeii in 79 AD as a setting, students develop a work of historical fiction based on real events, focussing on historical perspective and empathy. Watch our website early in 2017 for details. Free to enter. 

    Virtual Excursions

    What is History? (Pompeii): A version of the on-site workshop as a virtual excursion

    Using sources: Q&A with a curator and/or archaeologist. For Yr 11/12 Ancient History students

    Senior Ancient History symposium: We will broadcast this event on You Tube live

    Learn more about the exhibition

    How do our Programs fit with the Curriculum?

    NSW New Syllabus - History

    Stage 4 - The Ancient World 
    Depth Study 1: Investigating the Past (ACOKFH003; ACDSEH001; ACDSEH029; ACDSEH030; ACDSEH148)
    Depth Study 2: The Mediterranean World: Rome (ACDSEH004; ACDSEH038; ACDSEH039; ACDSEH040)
    Outcomes: HT4-1; HT4-2; HT4-3; HT4-5; HT4-6; HT4-8; HT4-9; HT4-10 
    Historical Skills

    Stage 6 Ancient History 
    NSW: Part I: Core Study: Cities of Vesuvius – Pompeii and Herculaneum
    Outcomes: H1.1; H2.1; H3.1; H3.2; H3.3; H3.4; H3.5; H3.6; H4.1; H4.1 

    Australian Curriculum – History

    Year 7 – The Ancient World 
    Overview: ACOKFH003
    Depth Study 1: Investigating the Ancient Past (ACDSEH001; ACDSEH029; ACDSEH030; ACDSEH148)
    Depth Study 2: The Mediterranean World: Rome (ACDSEH004; ACDSEH038; ACDSEH039; ACDSEH040)

    Senior Ancient History
    Unit 4: Reconstructing the Ancient World Pompeii and Herculaneum, 80 BC – AD 79 (ACHAH365 - 379; ACHAH382 - 384
    Historical Skills & Concepts

    Other Subjects

    • Senior science - the cause and impact of Earth hazards (tectonic plates, volcanic eruptions)                            
    • Year 8/9 science – geology (formation of rock types), earth sciences (volcanoes), states of matter
    • Year 7/8 Geography – land forms and geomorphological hazards (volcanic eruptions)
    • Years 8 – 11 Visual Arts – form (mosaics, sculpture, frescoes), design styles, contextual appropriation

    Primary Schools

    This exhibition provides a great opportunity to create an integrated unit with Pompeii as the central focus – see diagram below.

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    Make a booking / Contact us

    Email: bookings@anmm.gov.au

    Phone: (02) 9298 3655

    Plan your visit / Essential Safety and Supervision Information

    Before embarking on your excursion, please visit our School Excursions page and read all the information under "Plan your visit / Essential Safety and Supervision Information".


    Loaf of bread from Herculaneum carbonised by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.  79 AD.  Museo Archeologico Nazionale di NapoliBracelet, in the form of a snake, from Pompeii.  Gold, 1st century AD.  Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli Fresco of Narcissus from Pompeii.  1st century AD.  Museo Archeologico Nazionale di NapoliPlate found with fruit seeds from the Roman port of Ostia.  4th century AD. Scavi di Ostia Antica