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Pompeii: The Immortal City


  • June 8, 2019

Making its North American debut at the Science Museum of Virginia on June 8, 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.

Pompeii: The Immortal City + Exhibit Galleries admission is $25 for Adults (13-59), $23.50 for Youth (6-12) and Seniors (60+), and $20 for Preschoolers (3-5). Children 2 and under are free. Member admission is $7. Admission to Pompeii: The Immortal City includes all Museum Exhibit Galleries. Add a Dome show for only $4.