One Day in Pompeii at The Franklin Institute reveals more than 150 artifacts of and about the ruins of Pompeii, including wall-sized frescoes. (Image courtesy The Franklin Institute)
Buried beneath volcanic ash for more than a thousand years after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D., the remains of the ancient Roman city of Pompeii were preserved in time.
Since the site’s rediscovery and excavation nearly 300 years ago, Pompeii and its sister sites surrounding Vesuvius have captivated visitors with an unparalleled glimpse into the ancient history of Rome.
This November, Philadelphia audiences will have the chance to immerse themselves in the world of Pompeii with an exhibition of art, artifacts and objects straight from Italy at The Franklin Institute in One Day in Pompeii, opening Saturday, November 9.
With more than 150 archeological treasures on loan from the collection of the Naples National Archaeological Museum in Italy, the exhibit offers an incredible snapshot of life at the height of the Roman Empire.
The media-rich display will include not only a selection of human impressions created from cavities found in the volcanic matter, but also mosaics and frescoes, gladiator helmets, a ship’s anchor, lamps, plates, pots and pans and other household objects, jewelry, medical instruments, tools and more.
In addition to the objects, multimedia elements like an introductory display and an immersive CGI experience of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius complete the exhibit.
Tickets for the special exhibition are already on sale online, and include regular Franklin Institute admission.
Note than tickets are timed and dated, and advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended.
Make your plans now to visit Pompeii in Philadelphia this fall.
One Day in Pompeii
When: November 9-April 27, 2014
Where: The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th Street
Cost: $27.50, adults, $21.50, children (includes general admission); After 5 p.m., Thursday–Saturday, $18, adults, $11, children
More info: www.fi.edu