The Untold Roman Rescue
International exhibition featuring 2,000 year old artefacts from Pompeii, Sicily, Naples and Rome.
All the world knows the legend of Pompeii. In 79 AD Mount Vesuvius erupted, spewing huge waves of volcanic ash over the Bay of Naples.
One of Rome's greatest writers and scientists, Pliny the Elder, was stationed across the water from Pompeii at Misenum. Not just a great scholar - he was the military commander of Misenum's strategic naval base. He ordered a fleet of warships to rescue as many people as possible from the doomed city.
So began one of the first recorded rescues by sea of civilians by a military force. Discover the untold story of Pompeii.
The exhibition features more than a hundred objects from Pompeii and Herculaneum, the cities obliterated by the volcano, and from shipwrecks in the area. You'll be able to see some of the most famous objects from antiquity, first hand.
This world-class exhibition reveals how the Roman navy came to dominate the Mediterranean, and how this control created a boom in maritime trade not seen again for a thousand years.
Objects displayed in Escape from Pompeii include jewellery, ceramics, sculptures and frescoes from Pompeii and Herculaneum; even a bronze rostrum (ram) from a shipwrecked warship. The haunting bodycasts of Pompeiians, trapped forever in their final moments, have pride of place.
This extraordinary collection of objects has been enhanced by interactive multimedia and 3D animation to recreate that fateful day in 79AD – from everyday life in the Roman world to the full force and fury of Vesuvius.
Tie on your togas and TRAVEL BACK IN TIME to the heyday of the Roman Empire these school holidays with activities, performances, art making, tours, creative workshops and more to enjoy! Pompeii Kids activities
A Day in Pompeii is a 3D rendering of the final days of Pompeii, following the exact timetable of events, showing you what it was like living those final hours under the shadow of an erupting Mount Vesuvius.
An extraordinary opportunity for teachers and students, Escape from Pompeii covers key areas of the History Syllabus, both for NSW and nationally, with a series of targeted education programs being developed to accompany the exhibition. See Our Pompeii: School Excursions Page for more information. You can also enquire about the museum's educational programs by contacting email@example.com
Will be open daily, 9.30am–5pm, from 31 March to 30 August 2017.
Pre-purchase your ticket online before 31 March to receive 20% off.
This is a Big Ticket purchase, which provides you with access to this exhibition, as well as all other areas of the museum, including all vessels and exhibitions.
Grab a bite to eat at Yots Café with their Roman inspired menu.
Delve further into histories most famous archaeological site with a selection of books and DVDs available at our online store or when you visit the exhibition.
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Escape from Pompeii is developed by the Australian National Maritime Museum in association with Expona and Contemporanea Progetti.
Triremes were the standard warship of the ancient Mediterranean world for nine hundred years from the 5th BC to the 4th AD. Triremes had three banks (remes) of rowers on each side, hence the name. 170 rowers were required, in addition there was a flute player to keep them in time, 10 sailors and 5 officers. The metal ram (rostrum) at the bow of the trireme was the primary weapon used to disable and sink enemy ships.
The complement of soldiers on board was quite small, 10 armoured spearmen (hoplites) and 4 archers. In its sea trials OLYMPIAS proved fast and highly maneuverable attaining a speed of 17km per hour and able to perform a 180 degree turn within one minute. The OLYMPIAS is on loan from the Hellenic Maritime Museum and will be on display at the museum in conjunction with the exhibition Escape from Pompeii – The Untold Roman Rescue, until the end of August 2017.
Scale model of the full size operating replica of the Athenian trireme OLYMPIAS 5th century BC, commissioned into the Greek Navy in 1987.
All this has been made possible with the kind support of the following "Friends of the Trireme":
View our Pompeii inspired Kids, Food and Drink Menus.
Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli
Parco Archeologico dei Campi Flegrei
Soprintendenza Speciale di Pompei
Museo della Nave di Comacchio
Soprintendenza del Mare
Australian Centre of Ancient Numismatics Studies
Museum of Ancient Cultures, Macquarie University
Nicholson Museum, Sydney University Museums
The Art of Science
Extended to 6:00 pm in January
Last boarding time for Submarine and Tall Ships – 4.10pm
Closed Christmas Day 25 December.
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Australia National Maritime Museum
Every day 9.30 am - 5 pm
Extend to 6.00 pm in January
Closed Xmas Day 25 Dec.
2 Murrey Street
sydney NSW 2000, AU
+61 2 9298 3777