One Day In Pompeii Exhibit At The Franklin Institute In Philadelphia

On August 24, 79 A.D., the Roman city of Pompeii was frozen in time by the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius, burying everything in its path for more than 1700 years. The same ash and debris from Vesuvius' unpredicted eruption that destroyed the city - also remarkably preserved it.

One Day in Pompeii at The Franklin Institute features over 150 precious artifacts on loan from the unparalleled collection of the Naples National Archaeological Museum in Italy, including twelve key artifacts which are making their North American debut in Philadelphia.

One Day in Pompeii at The Franklin Institute
Photo courtesy of the Soprintendenza Speciale per I Beni Archeologici di Napoli e Pompeii
One Day in Pompeii
Set in their original surroundings, the artifacts tell the story of life in the bustling city of Pompeii as it existed before time essentially stopped. The catastrophic strength and power of volcanoes is illustrated through an immersive CGI experience of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, and the impact and destruction is evidenced by full body casts (human impressions created from cavities found in the volcanic matter), eerily preserved in their final moments.

The exhibition, which gives an extraordinary look at the city of Pompeii's archeological treasures that rarely leave Italy, will be on view in the Mandell Center of The Franklin Institute from November 9, 2013 through April 27, 2014. PECO, who has sponsored some of the Institute's most extraordinary exhibits such as: King Tut and Dead Sea Scrolls, and is currently the sponsor of the core exhibit Electricity, is the Presenting Sponsor of One Day in Pompeii.

Pompeii Exhibition

One Day in Pompeii at The Franklin Institute
Photo courtesy of the Soprintendenza Speciale per I Beni Archeologici di Napoli e Pompeii

One Day in Pompeii tells the remarkable tale of this city, hidden from view and forgotten for centuries until its rediscovery over 250 years ago. The sudden disaster that destroyed it also preserved it and over time archaeologists have uncovered a unique record of its daily life -- roads, buildings, municipal services, paintings, mosaics, artifacts, and even preserved bodies. Ongoing excavations at the site provide an ever-evolving picture of everyday life at the height of the Roman Empire.

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The exhibit has been created by Premier Exhibitions, Inc. which has also produced other traveling exhibits.

After Philadelphia, the exhibit will move to the California Science Center in Los Angeles and the Pacific Science Center in Seattle.

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November 12, 2013



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