Escape from Pompeii

The Untold Roman Rescue

Escape from Pompeii The Untold Roman Rescue

International exhibition featuring 2,000 year old artefacts from Pompeii, Sicily, Naples and Rome.

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    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.

    Not many have the chance to visit Pompeii. Now's your chance to be visited by Pompeii.



    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 bookings@anmm.gov.au

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    Escape from Pompeii: The Untold Roman Rescue

    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.




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    Escape from Pompeii is developed by the Australian National Maritime Museum in association with Expona and Contemporanea Progetti.  

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    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 AnticaPompeii Diorama Bar  The Roman Naval Base at Misenum, around 1 pm, 24 August 79 AD  Diorama by Geoff Barnes and Roger Scott Pompeii Diorama BarbariansPompeii Diorama OverviewPompeii Diorama Pliny the Elder  The Roman Naval Base at Misenum, around 1 pm, 24 August 79 AD  Diorama by Geoff Barnes and Roger Scott Pompeii Diorama Merchant Ship - The Roman Naval Base at Misenum, around 1 pm, 24 August 79 AD  Diorama by Geoff Barnes and Roger Scott