2017 media releases

Ancient Roman artefacts arrive in Sydney

for Escape from Pompeii exhibition

The Australian National Maritime Museum is excited to be unpacking and installing a fascinating selection of objects dating back thousands of years for its new international exhibition Escape from Pompeii opening on 31 March.

New international exhibition opens 31 March 2017

The Australian National Maritime Museum is excited to be unpacking and installing a fascinating selection of objects dating back thousands of years for its new international exhibition Escape from Pompeii opening on 31 March.

The ancient consignment from Pompeii, Herculaneum and sites around the Bay of Naples as well as some of Italy’s leading institutions includes a rostrum from a Roman warship recovered from the site of a famous sea battle. There’s also impressive Roman reliefs, beautiful golden jewelry, tableware and even food items, all remarkably preserved in the ash and debris of Pompeii.

Five haunting body casts of victims of the eruption are also included, capturing their final moments preserved in the ash.

Escape from Pompeii will reveal the untold story of the dramatic rescue attempt following one of history’s most famous and devastating natural disasters – the eruption of Mt Vesuvius and the destruction of Pompeii in 79 AD.

Developed by the Australian National Maritime Museum in association with Expona and Contemporanea Progetti, the exhibition features artefacts from institutions including the Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Parco Archeologico dei Campi Flegrei and Soprintendenza Archaeologica di Pompei to tell how the Roman navy attempted to evacuate people affected by the eruption.

Escape from Pompeii – the untold Roman rescue opens to the public on 31 March 2017 and runs until 30 August 2017. 

Tickets are adults $32, child/concession $20 and families $79. Pre-purchase your ticket online before 31 March to receive 20% off. 

For more information call 02 9298 3777.

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All media inquiries: Shirani Aththas (02) 9298 3642; 0418 448 690; email saththas@anmm.gov.au