Q. What are the dates this exhibition will be open?
A. POMPEII: THE EXHIBITION will be on view from November 18, 2017 to May 28, 2018.
Q. Will there be an additional cost to attend the exhibit?
A. Yes. POMPEII: THE EXHIBITION requires a timed-entry ticket. Advance purchase is highly recommended. Guests can purchase tickets online or in person at Arizona Science Center.
Featured Exhibition: Adults: $11.95 | Children (3–17): $9.95
General Admission: Adults: $18 | Children (3–17): $13
General admission is required to visit the featured exhibition.
General Admission: FREE
Featured Exhibition: Adults: $9.95 | Children (3–17): $7.95
Q. I have young children with me, can I bring my stroller into the exhibition?
A. Strollers are not permitted inside the exhibition due to the fragile artifacts within. There is a designated space outside the exhibition entrance where you can park your stroller.
Q. When are the best times to visit the exhibition? When is the last admission to the exhibition?
A. Arizona Science Center is generally busiest during the late mornings and early afternoons. The exhibition has scheduled entry times. This allows guests to have the best experience. We recommend purchasing online to reserve your time slot. Please note, however, that same-day admission tickets for POMPEII: THE EXHIBITION will not be sold after 4 p.m. to allow guests adequate time to view the exhibition.
Q. Is this exhibition appropriate for young children?
A. Adults and children are welcome to visit POMPEII: THE EXHIBITION, which has been visited by over 800,000 people during its North American tours. However, the exhibition may not be suitable for some children. The exhibition includes body casts of those who died in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius as well as a small, separate section that discusses erotic art in ancient Pompeii. Because every family is different and children are at varying stages of development, we recommend that you become familiar with and discuss the exhibition with any accompanying children before deciding whether or not to share the experience with them.
Q. When did Mount Vesuvius erupt?
A. Mount Vesuvius erupted on August 24, 79 AD, and sent a cloud of ashes, pumice, rocks and hot volcanic gases into the sky that people could see for hundreds of miles.
Q. What happened when the volcano erupted?
A. Days before the eruption, tremors shook Pompeii and surrounding cities more frequently. Shortly before noon the volcano erupted and by 1:00 p.m. the dust and ash had completely covered the sky. By 8:00 p.m. the eruptions had grown more violent creating heavy debris of falling ash and pumice that buried Pompeii and its neighboring cities, Herculaneum and Stabiae. Eruptions and earthquakes continued into the next day and that morning, the largest pyroclastic flows of hot ashes, volcanic gases and debris made their way through the streets of Pompeii completely destroying the city. In just two minutes the city streets were covered in almost 8 feet of hot ash. On the morning of August 26, the eruption finally stopped, leaving almost 5 cubic miles of pumice and ash covering approximately 186 miles of land.
Q. How long did people have to evacuate?
A. Though earthquakes began days before the eruption, most Pompeians did not view them as potential warning signs. It is believed residents of Pompeii had only a few hours to evacuate the city.
Q. How was the city preserved?
A. The large amount of ash (known as a pyroclastic flow) that covered the city acted as a preservative. During a pyroclastic flow, enormous volumes of extremely hot gases, ash, and rocks rush down the side of a volcano, like an avalanche; there are also big explosions and large, billowing clouds. This mixture of ash, rock and gas, covered the city and froze it in time.
Q. What is the present status of Pompeii?
A. The ancient city of Pompeii is a world-renowned tourist attraction that has seen the likes of over 25 million visitors. Though sections of it are currently visible to tourists, much of the city remains protected due to the moratorium imposed by Professor Pietro Giovanni Guzzo, the superintendent of the site.
Q. Is Mount Vesuvius still active?
A. Yes. Mount Vesuvius is the only active volcano in mainland Europe, and has produced some of the continent's largest volcanic eruptions. Located on Italy's west coast, it overlooks the Bay and City of Naples and sits in the crater of the ancient Somma volcano.