June 8 - September 3, 2019
Making its North American debut at the Science Museum of Virginia, and on display for only the second time since its creation, Pompeii: The Immortal City plunges guests into the heart of the drama and the ruins of the ancient city.
The volcanic eruption that destroyed Pompeii was a catastrophe for its inhabitants. It ended their lives, but also preserved Pompeii’s living environment making it possible for us to explore what life was like nearly 2,000 years ago in a bustling Roman city. Guests will step back in time to discover a vibrant and remarkable civilization that pushed the envelope of innovation.
Models of machines and 3D reconstructions accompany the guest in a journey across time and space. Spectacular immersive moments using multimedia techniques allow guests to experience the destruction of the city and to identify with the inhabitants of that time, immobilized by the volcano’s ashes.
Over 100 archaeological items from Pompeii, including a large number being exhibited for the first time in the U.S., demonstrate the knowledge the Romans had about nature as well as their scientific and technical know-how at the moment when Vesuvius erupted in 79 A.D. The unearthed objects confirm the extraordinary heights attained by the Pompeians, and their inclusion in the exhibition celebrates their scientific accomplishments. Told through the lens of STEM, guests will discover the impact science has had on our lives for thousands of years.
During regular Museum operating hours (9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week), admission to Pompeii: The Immortal City is available through a combination ticket that includes access to the exhibition as well as the Museum’s three floors of interactive exhibits.
Admission is $7 for Museum members; $25 for adults; $23.50 for youth (ages 6 – 12) and seniors (ages 60 and older); and $20 for preschool-aged children (ages 3 – 5). Discounts are available for teachers, military personnel, groups and EBT cardholders. Dome tickets are additional. Add Volcanoes: The Fires of Creation or another Dome show at Guest Services for only $4.
The Museum will offer extended hours each Friday from 5 to 8 pm to give guests the chance to see Pompeii: The Immortal City at the reduced, exhibition-only price of $15. Extended hours from 5 to 8 pm will also be offered during closing weekend, Thursday, August 29 through Sunday, September 1. All other Museum exhibits will be closed during this time.
The exhibition was developed and produced by TEMPORA in collaboration with Civita and Filmmaster based on the scientific research of Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli and Museo Galileo Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza, Firenze and distributed by Exhibits Development Group.
Pompeii: The Immortal City is presented locally by Altria Group and sponsored locally by Allianz Partners and WestRock.
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