Hot new Pompeii exhibition now on

Article | Updated 4 weeks ago

The courage of the Roman navy as its commander and sailors tried to save lives in the wake of the devastating Mount Vesuvius eruption in 79 AD is at the centre of a new exhibition at the Western Australian Maritime Museum.

Now open, Escape from Pompeii: the untold Roman rescue, has incredible objects such as gold jewellery, amphora, glassware and food items such as a loaf of bread ‒ all remarkably preserved in the ash and debris.

Visitors can see a rostrum (used to ram other vessels) from a Roman warship, reliefs celebrating Rome's naval victories and five replica body casts of victims of the eruption, capturing their final moments.

Caption: A body cast from the exhibition.
Image courtesy Western Australian Museum 

Escape from Pompeii follows the accounts of Pliny the Younger, who witnessed the event and created the only known surviving first-hand account of the eruption.

There are activities for the school holidays, lectures and Pompeii-themed nights planned for the five-month exhibition season.

Escape from Pompeii has been developed by the Australian National Maritime Museum in association with Expona and Contemporanea Progetti. It runs until February 4, 2018.

Visit the Escape from Pompeii event page to book your ticket now!