Escape from Pompeii: the untold Roman rescue

Fri 22 Sep 2017Sun 4 Feb 2018

9:30am5:00pm

WA Maritime Museum


Ashes were already falling, hotter and thicker as the ships drew near, followed by bits of pumice and blackened stones, charred and cracked by the flames; then suddenly they were in shallow water, and the shore was blocked by the debris of the mountain. For a moment my uncle wondered whether to turn back, but when the helmsman advised this he refused, telling him Fortune stood by the courageous....

Pliny the Younger, Letters VI 16

In 79 AD Mount Vesuvius erupted, burying the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum under huge waves of volcanic ash and debris.

The falling ash, pumice and catastrophic pyroclastic surges, encased and preserved the two maritime cities and the residents who were unable to escape. When excavation began in the area, 2000 years later, researchers were astounded to find intact the buildings, objects and remains of those who died in one of history’s most famous natural disasters.

The artefacts recovered from Pompeii, Herculaneum and the Bay of Naples provided researchers with evidence of wealth and an extensive maritime trade network. It provided a glimpse into the success of the Roman Empire at the time of the eruption, a time when the Empire controlled the Mediterranean.

As many tried to flee, the Roman Navy attempted to evacuate people affected by the eruption. This exhibition takes into consideration the accounts of Pliny the Younger, the nephew of the commander of the fleet. Pliny the Younger's descriptions follows what he himself observed and experienced, and from what he learned from those who saw his uncle in action.

Through these accounts and rare archaeological artefacts, you are invited to explore the disaster that unfolded as a result of the eruption and learn how the control of the Mediterranean gave the Roman Empire unprecedented prosperity.


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Tickets provide entry to both the exhibition and the WA Maritime Museum.

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Pricing - General

Adults $20.00
Concession* $15.00
Child 5-15 $12.50
Child 4 and under Free
Family^ $60.00

* Concession applies to students, seniors and health care card holders.
^ Two adults and two children, or one adult and three children.

Pricing - Education and Groups*

Education - Adult $10.00
Education - Child $10.00
Group 20+ - Adult $12.50
Group 20+ - 5-15 $10.00

*Education and group bookings can only be made by calling 1300 134 081 or by emailing tickets@museum.wa.gov.au


Special Events

Caption: Pompeii After Dark Events (18+).
Image copyright Western Australian Museum 

Pompeii After Dark 18+

Museum, food, music, bar.

Be amongst the first visitors to see Escape from Pompeii transformed into an after dark playground.

Find out more and book your tickets through the After Dark event page.

Education Preview: Escape from Pompeii

The WA Museum is pleased to offer an exhibition preview night for teachers and educators. Join us to explore the exhibition, learn the background story, and gain ideas for how you can engage and inspire your students.

Head to the Education Preview page for more details.


Escape from Pompeii School Programs

Visit the Escape from Pompeii school programs page for facilitated activities, educational resources, and the WA Maritime Museum's excursion management plan. 


Exhibition Partners

      

Exhibition Co-producer

Australian National Maritime Museum logo.

Principal Travel Partner

Singapore Airlines written in navy below a golden bird shape.

Supporting Partners

Heyder and Shears exclusive catering written surrounding a drawing of food.      Liquor Barons written on a black background.      Gage Roads Brewing Co written in navy on a navy trident.


Getting Here

Google map of Western Australian Museum - Fremantle

Address

Victoria Quay,
Fremantle,
Western Australia,
6160,
Australia

Phone
1300 134 081

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By Train
The WA Maritime Museum is located within walking distance of Fremantle Station visit the Transperth website for timetables.

By Bus
The WA Maritime Museum is serviced by the free Fremantle Cat Service, at stop 24. Visit the Transperth website for timetables and details.

By Car
Paid parking is available in the City of Fremantle car park just outside the WA Shipwrecks Museum. Additional paid parking is available in the Wilsons car park at the WA Maritime Museum, Victoria Quay which is a short walk from the WA Shipwrecks Museum.

By Ferry
Captain Cook Cruises offer a range of ferry services from Perth which stop nearby at B-Shed ferry terminal.

Accessibility
Comprehensive accessibility information about the WA Maritime Museum can be found on the Access WA website.