Opening Friday, March 2, this highly anticipated exhibition features more than 250 priceless ancient artifacts that tell the story of daily life in Pompeii. Artifacts include frescos, gold coins and jewelry and detailed statuary perfectly preserved in volcanic ash from the sudden eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79.
Cincinnati Museum Center is one of only four stops, and the only stop between New York and Denver on this national tour.
“I’m proud that Cincinnati Museum Center is able to bring this fascinating exhibition of world famous ancient archaeology exclusively to our region,” says Douglass W. McDonald, president and CEO of Cincinnati Museum Center. “Whether you’re interested in history, art, architecture, archaeology, geology or have actually traveled to Pompeii, this exhibition is a must-see. It’s impossible not to feel a connection to this thriving city and her citizens who lived 2,000 years ago.”
Guests will get a glimpse of what life in Pompeii was like as a vibrant city, live through the day of the explosion of Mount Vesuvius, get up close and personal with body casts of the volcanoes victims, eerily preserved in their final moments and learn about the science of volcanoes with interactive displays.
"It’s blockbuster exhibitions like A Day in Pompeii, and award winning museums like Cincinnati Museum Center that make Cincinnati a world class city,” Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory said. “You don’t need to travel to Italy to see these ancient artifacts, they’re right here in Cincinnati.”
The exhibition is presented locally with the generous support of associate sponsor Frisch’s Big Boy. Additional promotional partners include Kroger, The Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati Reds, Garfield Suites Hotel and the Italian Consulate of Detroit.
“Cincinnati Museum Center is once again offering a one-of-a-kind experience to our community with A Day in Pompeii,” says Craig Maier, president and CEO of Frisch’s Restaurants. “I love the opportunity for my children and so many others to have these unique experiences through world-class blockbuster exhibitions that Museum Center brings to Cincinnati time and time again.”
“The regional tourism partners and attractions in Greater Cincinnati are really seeing the fruits of their excellent collaboration,” said State Tourism Director Amir Eylon. “Cincinnati is regularly delivering new product and experiences that are drawing the attention of travelers looking for their next getaway.”
Partnership with the University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati Museum Center is proud to partner with Steven Ellis, Roman archaeologist and assistant professor of classics at the University of Cincinnati (UC) and graduate students from the classics department. Don’t miss these programs developed in partnership with UC:
- A section in A Day in Pompeii highlighting UC’s current excavations and research in Pompeii.
- Gallery talks with graduate students inside the exhibition from 1 to 3 p.m. every Saturday from March 17 through May 26.
- A Day in Pompeii Book Club: Shadows of a Volcano – guest speakers at meetings on April 26 and May 31.
- Insights Lecture Series - Distinguished Lecturer Steven Ellis, Ph.D. on May 17.
- Brown Bag Lecture Series – Guest speaker on June 18.
Visit the A Day in Pompeii exhibit and experience:
- The red hot Cincinnati Reds: cincinnati.reds.mlb.com.
- The world of music and international cultures with the World Choir Games in Cincinnati July 4-14: 2012worldchoirgames.com.
- The myths and the gods and goddesses so beloved by the people of Pompeii with a visit to the Taft Museum of Art: taftmuseum.org.
- The deep Italian roots of the Cincinnati Opera as they perform Pagliacci/Gianni Schicchi on June 14 and 16, Porgy and Bess on June 28, 30, July 6 and 8 and La Traviata on July 26 and 28: www.cincinnatiopera.org.
Individual tickets for A Day in Pompeii are $19.50 for adults, $17.50 for seniors (ages 60+) and $12.50 for children ages 3-12. Show your Kroger receipt and receive $3 off regular priced tickets to the exhibition! Tickets for Cincinnati Museum Center Members are $12.50 for adults and $8.50 for children. Discounts are available for groups of 15 or more. To complement the exhibition, we recommend picking up an audio tour for $4 ($3 for Members). Visit cincymuseum.org or call (513) 287-7021 for more information and to make your reservations.
A Day in Pompeii is presented in partnership with Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Napoli e Pompei (SANP), which selected and prepared the artifacts. SANP is responsible for safeguarding and enhancing the cultural heritage of Pompeii and other locations in the Vesuvian area. It operates four archaeological sites (Pompeii, Herculaneum, Stabiae and Oplontis) and a museum at Boscoreale.
Museum Center collaborated with three other museums and previous tour venues to bring this collection of artifacts to the United States for its current tour. A Day in Pompeii has been on display at Discovery Times Square in New York where it opened in March 2011; it opened at the Museum of Science in Boston in October 2011 and will continue to Denver Museum of Nature & Science after leaving Cincinnati.
About Cincinnati Museum Center
Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal is a nationally recognized institution as well as national historic landmark. Dedicated to sparking community dialogue, insight and inspiration, Museum Center was awarded the 2009 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Our Union Terminal has been voted the nation’s 45th most important building by the American Institute of Architects. Organizations within Cincinnati Museum Center include the Cincinnati History Museum, Duke Energy Children’s Museum, the Museum of Natural History & Science, the Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX® Theater and the Cincinnati History Library. Recognized by Forbes Traveler Magazine as the 17th most visited museum in the country, Cincinnati Museum Center welcomes one million plus visitors annually. Cincinnati Museum Center gratefully acknowledges operating and capital support from the taxpayers of Hamilton County and the State of Ohio. For more information, visit www.cincymuseum.org.