The Hon. John Brumby, Premier of Victoria, today announced that a major exhibition, A Day in Pompeii, will be staged at Melbourne Museum as part of the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series in 2009. To celebrate the exhibition’s announcement, visitors to Melbourne Museum will have the unique opportunity to view a body cast of two women who were among nine victims found in the garden of the House of Cryptoporticus. The cast, which has been flown in especially from Pompeii, will be on display in Melbourne Museum’s Mind and Body Gallery for the next two months. On August 24, A.D. 79, the Roman city of Pompeii was buried by the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius. The pumice and thick volcanic ash that ended the lives of so many also encased the city in a virtual time capsule for the next 17 centuries. The city remained largely lost and forgotten until rediscovered by archaeologists in the early 1700s, resulting in Pompeii today being one of the most complete and intact archaeological sites in the world.
‘This exhibition is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see Roman treasures from almost 2000 years ago,’ said Dr Patrick Greene, CEO, Museum Victoria. The exhibition will be developed by Museum Victoria in partnership with the Soprintendenza archeologica di Pompeii, and will feature over 250 objects from daily life in Pompeii and surrounds, as well as a number of body casts. A Day in Pompeii will be on display at Melbourne Museum from 26 June to 11 October 2009.
Melbourne Winter Masterpieces is a Victorian Government initiative and is exclusive to Melbourne, Australia. Presented in association with the Soprintendenza Archeologica di Pompei.
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I am sorry that you missed A Day in Pompeii. Melbourne Museum allocates a maximum number of tickets sold to avoid over-crowding and ensure our visitors enjoy the exhibition in a comfortable and safe environment. The exhibition has been exceptionally popular since opening in late June and continues to sell out on some days. Should you choose to visit Melbourne again, we encourage you to book online via our website museumvictoria.com.au or by phone 131102.
Alexander, these are not actual bodies but casts made from the voids they left behind. There's more information about body casts at this part of the exhibition's website. Hope this helps.
Hi Kelly. There are quite a few great websites about Pompeii, which include information on who discovered the city and when. You might want to start with our A Day in Pompeii website link at right, based on the exhibition which we held last year. The BBC has an excellent Roman History site that includes a section on Pompeii and the British School at Rome has a great virtual tour of the city. Lots of great images of the city can be found here and more information here. These sites should all provide a lot of information and be a great start to your research.
Hi Sandy, the exhibition is currently at Western Australian Museum, Perth until Sunday 12 September, 2010. It then travels to the National Museum of Singapore where it will be on display Saturday 16 October, 2010 – Sunday 23 January, 2011.
The souvenir booklet is still available from the Melbourne Museum Shop and you can order a copy through them by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi Nathalie, the exhbition will be heading over to the United States after it closes in Singapore.
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