A ONCE IN A LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY: EXHIBITION OPENS 31 MARCH
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 naval triremes 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.
POMPEII COMES TO YOU
More than a hundred individual objects from Pompeii and Herculaneum, the cities obliterated by the volcano – and from shipwrecks in the area, have been shipped to the Australian National Maritime Museum with painstaking care. 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 trireme. The haunting bodycasts of Pompeiians, trapped forever in their final moments, have pride of place.
This extraordinary collection of objects has been enhanced by the latest technology, using interactive multimedia and 3D animation to bring the length and breadth of the Roman world to life. You'll also be able to relive that fateful day in 79AD - and feel the full force and fury of Vesuvius.
Not many have the chance to visit Pompeii. Now's your chance to be visited by Pompeii.
Tickets are valid any day for the duration of the exhibition.
THIS TICKET INCLUDES ENTRY TO ESCAPE FROM POMPEII, AS WELL AS ALL OTHER AREAS OF THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM, INCLUDING VESSELS.
The Big Ticket is a Big Deal
Buy a Big Ticket for great value. It provides access to everything open at the Museum on the day of your visit:
- Special exhibitions including the coming blockbuster Pompeii
- Action Stations our all new immersive experience.
- A fleet of ships check out the submarine, destroyer and tall ships!
For safety reasons, children have to be at least 90cm in height to board all vessels.
- Permanent galleries and our Mini Mariners Play Space
- Kids on Deck activities fun and learning for kids 12 and under
- Daily guided tours
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