POMPEII: The Exhibition

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Photo courtesy of SBA of Naples and SSBA of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Stabiae

February 7-May 25, 2015 at Pacific Science Center


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Experience Pompeii before and after the epic eruption 2,000 years ago. Imagine the moment their world vanished and discover the miraculous artifacts unearthed since. Witness the final moments of those entombed in ash – including one of the largest collection of body casts ever presented.

In the year 79, Pompeii vanished beneath thick layers of volcanic ash left by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. But what nature destroyed, it also preserved. POMPEII: The Exhibition tells the tale of this city, hidden from view and forgotten for centuries until its rediscovery over 250 years ago. From garden frescoes and marble statues to helmets and shin guards of the day's Gladiators, coins and currency to religious altars and shrines — all set in their original surroundings — you will experience daily life in this bustling Roman city. Then, as the floors shake and the walls rumble, relive the volcano's catastrophic eruption through an immersive CGI experience, culminating in the reveal of 6 full body casts of twisted human forms, asphyxiated by extreme heat and noxious gases and forever frozen in time.

± Plan Your Visit

Admission to POMPEII: The Exhibition includes access to Pacific Science Center's permanent exhibits. We recommend purchasing tickets online or over the phone at 1-800-664-8775 to reserve your ideal date and time. Tickets are also available to purchase at Pacific Science Center's box office.

Mon-Thurs Fri-Sun & Holidays
Adult $29 $32
Senior $27 $30
Youth $20 $23
Kid $17 $20

Pacific Science Center Members Get More!

Members: $9

Timed Entry

Entrance into POMPEII: The Exhibition occurs every 15 minutes. First timed entry into the exhibit is 10:15 a.m. daily. Final timed entry varies. The exhibit closes 90 minutes after final timed entry of the day. Many time slots will sell out so purchase your tickets online or over the phone at 1-800-664-8775 to ensure your ideal entrance time.

Audio Guide

The official audio guide complements your experience and gives more information about the artifacts on display. It is available for purchase online, over the phone at 1-800-664-8775 and at Pacific Science Center's box office.

General Public: $6
Member: $4

Greece: Secrets of the Past

Travel to Greece on a sweeping archeological trip back in time in Greece: Secrets of the Past. At the heart of the film's journey is Dr. Christos Doumas, a Greek archeologist who is working to piece together the puzzle of ancient Greece and better understand its influence on life today. Also playing a key role is Dr. George Vougioukalakis, a volcanologist studying the devastating explosion on the island of Santorini in 1646 BC, which changed life in the Aegean Sea forever.

± Bring A Group

Groups of 10 or more qualify for discounted tickets to POMPEII: The Exhibition. We are accepting reservations now. Call us at (206) 443-3611 to learn more and book your visit today.

Book a field trip to POMPEII: The Exhibition today. This once-in-a-lifetime exhibition provides students with a rare opportunity to discover a society and culture both destroyed and preserved by the catastrophic power of nature. Learn More

Host your next corporate event, reception or after-hours exhibition experience. Call us at (206) 443-2387 to learn more.

± POMPEII Lectures & Speakers

During the month of May, Pacific Science Center will offer a free lecture series on topics that dive deeper into the ancient Roman city with experts and scholars from archeology to seismology. Lectures will be held at the PACCAR Theater and the downtown Seattle Public Library. Learn more here.

Learn more about this city frozen in time with an informational presentation from one of our qualified staff before you visit POMPEII: The Exhibition. Hear stories behind how the exhibit was created, where it has traveled and what you can expect to see. Presentations can be scheduled based on staff availability on weekdays between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. within King County and to a group with a minimum of 20 people. The Speakers Roadshow Request Formpdf must be submitted three weeks prior to event date. Special requests outside these hours will be considered. Please submit your completed request form to Katelyn Del Buco at kdelbuco@pacsci.org or (206) 269-5728.

± Where To Stay

Visiting from out of town? Check out special offers to POMPEII: The Exhibition from our official hotel partners and book a room with them today. Learn More

± Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to experience POMPEII: The Exhibition?

Although ticket entry is timed and dated, you may proceed at your own pace once inside. An average visit length lasts 60-90 minutes. Please note the exhibit closes 90 minutes after final timed entry.

If you are planning on seeing Greece: Secrets of the Past in IMAX, we recommend seeing the movie first, so you're not rushed through the exhibit to make your show time, or leave yourself a comfortable amount of time between exhibit entry and movie start time.

Why are tickets timed and dated?

Tickets are timed and dated to facilitate entrance into the exhibit. By entering at pre-determined times, guests do not have to wait on a first-come, first-served basis and the numbers of guests inside can be well monitored. You must enter at your specified time, but may proceed at your own pace once inside the exhibit.

What are the busiest times in the exhibit?

As one might expect, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays are Pacific Science Center's busiest days. As this exhibit is running during the school year, expect field trip groups Tuesday-Friday between 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

How long is the exhibit here?

Pacific Science Center will host the exhibit from February 7-May 25, 2015.

Can I buy tickets at your box office on the day I want to enter?

Tickets can be purchased at our box office on a first-come, first-served basis on day of visit or for an advance date. To ensure your ideal date and time and avoid arriving only to find tickets sold out for an extended amount of time, you may also purchase your tickets online or by phone at 1-800-664-8775.

Can I enter multiple times throughout the day?

With your timed entry, you can enter POMPEII: The Exhibition only once, no re-entry is allowed upon exiting the exhibit. Once inside, you can proceed at your own pace. Generally the average visit length lasts 60-90 minutes.

However, you may exit Pacific Science Center and re-enter the day of your visit to see our other exhibits by showing your ticket to any cashier for re-entry.

Are there restrooms inside the exhibit?

There are no restrooms located inside the exhibit, we recommend using the restroom prior to entering. The closest restroom is located in Building 5, near exhibit entry in Building 4.

What is the atmosphere like inside the exhibit?

POMPEII: The Exhibition is dramatically staged, with subdued lighting in many galleries and background music to create an immersive experience. Please be aware the temperature inside the exhibit is kept relatively cool. This is the ideal temperature for the conservation of some of the artifacts, but it may feel cool to some guests. Please plan your dress accordingly.

Is there any sensitive content inside the exhibit?

Areas of this exhibit contain sensitive content, including a representation of a Pompeian brothel. This area is self-contained and blocked from obvious view. Adult content signage marks the entrance and Pacific Science Center staff will be located nearby, however it is the responsibility of adults to limit or allow access to this area for accompanying youth. A bypass is available.

Are the body casts real?

The body casts inside the exhibit are made from the original body cavities excavated from Pompeii.

Can I bring my pet?

We love all kinds of animals here at Pacific Science Center. We have snakes, naked mole rats and tropical butterflies to name a few! But only service animals are allowed.

Can I take pictures or video in the exhibition?
Non-flash photography is allowed inside the exhibit (with the exception of school groups – no photography is permitted during field trip hours), but we ask you please be aware of guests around you and not impact their experience. Tripods are not allowed and video of any kind is prohibited. Photography inside the exhibit is strictly for non-commercial use only.

What is not allowed into the exhibition?

The following items are NOT permitted in the exhibit: Food or beverage, gum, helium balloons, backpacks and over-sized strollers. Cell phone usage is not allowed unless it is being used as a non-flash photography device. We recommend that if you have these items, you store them in a locker in Building 1 or 3 or leave them at home.

What is your exchange/refund policy regarding POMPEII: The Exhibition?

Tickets are valid for the date and time printed on the ticket only. Tickets are good for one entry only. You can exchange your ticket for another date or time, based on availability, if you do so 24 hours or more in advance. There are no refunds for this exhibit.

What is the audio guide?

The POMPEII: The Exhibition audio guide is full of details and discoveries about many of the artifacts displayed. We believe it will enhance your overall experience. Price is $6 for general public and $4 for members. You may purchase in advance or upon your arrival.

Is there a Gift Shop located at the exhibit?

Yes, the official exhibit gift shop is located at the exit of the exhibit. All Pacific Science Center guests may visit the exhibit gift shop. The exhibit gift shop is the only place to obtain official exhibition merchandise.

Is the exhibit fully accessible for disabled patrons?

POMPEII: The Exhibition is fully accessible for disabled patrons. Wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Information Desk in Building 1. ID will be required for rental.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at Pacific Science Center.

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Mount St. Helens Visitor Centers: Experience the blast zone and then explore three highly informative visitor centers with exhibits.

USGS: For more information about volcano monitoring and Cascade Range volcanoes, visit the U.S. Geological Survey-Cascades Volcano website.

Washington State History Museum: Discover the special exhibition, Living in The Shadows. Explore the historic interaction between the people of Washington and an ever-changing volcanic landscape through native legends, scientific discovery, contemporary environmental management and disaster preparedness.

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± Media Inquiries

To request a press pass to the exhibit*, for media related inquiries or to request a press kit for POMPEII: The Exhibition please contact, Katelyn Del Buco, Public Relations Manager at kdelbuco@pacsci.org or (206) 269-5728.

*Press passes will be distributed on a case-by-case basis with a maximum of two passes per journalist with proper credentials. Requests for press passes must be done at least one week prior to desired visit date.

Produced by Premier Exhibitions, Inc. in partnership with the SSBA of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Stabiae and the SBA of Naples

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Official Airline: Delta Air Lines

Additional support provided by JPMorgan Chase & Co.