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One Day in Pompeii at the Franklin Institute

Interactive exhibition exploring the ancient volcanic disaster


One Day in Pompeii exhibition at the Franklin Institute. Credit: Franklin Institute


November 9, 2013–April 27, 2014


Experience the fateful day of an ancient Roman City during One Day in Pompeii, the latest exhibition at the Franklin Institute.

Making its Northern American debut, the interactive exhibition examines the lives of the residents of Pompeii both before and after the massive eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D.

The sudden disaster preserved parts of Pompeii in volcanic ash including roads, buildings, mosaics and even city residents eerily frozen in their final moments. Since the site’s rediscovery and excavation more than 250 years ago, Pompeii has offered an ever-evolving glimpse into everyday life during the height of the Roman Empire.

The exhibition features more than 150 authentic artifacts on loan from the collection of the Naples National Archaeological Museum. Projections, audio and video displays will offer visitors a chance to explore city locations including the market, a temple and baths.

In addition to fascinating artifacts, the exhibition allows visitors to experience the deadly impact of Mount Vesuvius with a simulated CGI eruption.


Tickets & Hours

Timed and dated tickets for One Day in Pompeii on the following days:
Sunday-Wednesday: 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m. (last entry at 3:30 p.m.)
Thursday-Saturay: 9 a.m.–9 p.m. (last entry at 7:30 p.m.)

Daytime Admission:
Includes general admission to The Franklin Institute and one Fels Planetarium show.
Adults: $27.50
Children (3-11): $21.50

Evening Admission:
Includes admission to Pompeii only. Available Thursday-Saturday after 5 p.m.
Adults: $18.00
Children: $11.00 (ages 3-11)

Advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended. Call (215) 448-1200 or use the button below to purchase tickets online.

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