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A Day in Pompeii

A Day in Pompeii has concluded its run at the Science Museum of Minnesota.

About the Exhibit

seated manOn August 24, 79 A.D., a massive eruption of Mt. Vesuvius buried the ancient Roman resort city of Pompeii, freezing the city and its people in a historic moment in time.

St. Paul is one of only four U.S. cities to host artifacts from lost Pompeii. Don't miss the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get a close look at a city—and a period in time—that is steeped in legend and mystery.

Pompeii includes more than 250 priceless artifacts, including wall-sized frescoes, gold coins, jewelry, grave goods, marble and bronze statuary, and other dazzling examples of ancient Rome's artistry and craftsmanship. They paint a picture of the rich culture, spirituality, and day-to-day customs of the people of ancient Pompeii. A free audio tour, included with each admission, brings visitors closer to the details of everyday Roman life and the aftermath of the Mt. Vesuvius eruption.

In addition, you'll see eight body casts, or plaster molds of the cavities left by the victims' bodies, which depict the people of Pompeii in their final moments of life. The casts provide a haunting reminder of the humanity of this ancient civilization and connect us—in the 21st century—to people who lived thousands of years ago and experienced this historic event.

Outside photography is not permitted in A Day in Pompeii.

Parents: Download the Pompeii Family Guide here. (PDF | 2.5 MB)

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