28 March – 29 September 2013
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AD 79. In just 24 hours, two cities in the Bay of Naples in southern Italy were buried by a catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius.

Preserved under ash, the cities lay buried for just over 1,600 years, their rediscovery providing an unparalleled glimpse into the daily life of the Roman Empire.


From the bustling street to the intimate spaces of a Roman home, this major exhibition will take you to the heart of people’s lives in Pompeii and Herculaneum. Read press release 

Ticket information

Portrait of baker Terentius Neo and his wife. Pompeii, AD 55–79. © DeAgostini/SuperStock.

Adults £15, Members free

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The British Museum at night

Open daily 10.00–17.00,
Fridays until 20.30

Last entry 70 minutes before closing

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Getting here

Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG

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Highlight objects

Relief with Bacchus and followers, marble wall panel, © Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Napoli e Pompei / Trustees of the British Museum

A selection of objects from the exhibition

Includes a carbonised wooden cradle and a mosaic of a guard dog.

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Pompeii Live

Coming to a cinema near you
in June 2013

Visit your local cinema for an exclusive private view of the exhibition.

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Loan objects

A number of objects borrowed for this exhibition will be recommended for protection under Part 6 of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 (protection of cultural objects on loan).

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