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Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum - The British Museum

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A stunning exhibition at the British Museum
This Spring, the British Museum is opening a major and unmissable exhibition on the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. The Museum brings to you the chance to see over 250 fascinating objects from excavations and recent discoveries to experience a unique viewing of these ancient cities and the devastation they suffered.



Pompeii and Herculaneum, two cities on the Bay of Naples in southern Italy, were buried by a catastrophic volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in just 24 hours in AD 79. This event ended the life of the cities but at the same time preserved them until rediscovery by archaeologists nearly 1700 years later. The excavation of these cities has given us unparallelled insight into Roman life.

It is the first exhibition on these two cities ever hosted by the British Museum and the first in London for nearly 40 years, so is certainly not one to miss. With a wealth of beautiful uncovered artefacts and treasures, this exhibition will certainly be one of a kind.

Visitors are able to have a taste of daily life in Pompeii and Herculaneum, with stunning wall paintings, work objects and home furniture. These items, carbonised by the high temperatures of the ash that engulfed the city, are extremely rare finds. There are even the casts of some of the victims of the volcanic eruption, cast in their final moments.

This exhibition is sure to be both breath taking and emotive. It is a once in a life time experience, with the chance to see extremely rare historical artefacts from one of the most devastating events in ancient history.

Admission charge is only 15, with various concessions available to many. The exhibition runs until the end of September, so don't miss out this Spring and Summer.
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When: Spring/Summer 2013
Phone: 020 7323 8394
Where: British Museum
Cost: 15
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