One Day in Pompeii

November 9, 2013 - April 27, 2014

Artifacts and Scenes from the Exhibit

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.

One Day in Pompeii features over 150 precious artifacts on loan from the unparalleled collection of the Naples National Archaeological Museum in Italy, including wall-sized frescos, marble and bronze sculptures, jewelry, ancient Roman coins, and full body casts of the volcano's victims, many of which will make their North American debut at The Franklin Institute.

The artifacts offer an insider's glimpse into the daily life—and tragic end—of this Ancient Roman city. 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 Pompeii. Then, as the floors shake and the walls rumble, relive the volcano's catastrophic eruption through an immersive CGI experience, and witness the devastation left in its path.

One Day in Pompeii tells the remarkable tale of the city of Pompeii, hidden from view and forgotten for centuries until its rediscovery over 250 years ago. The sudden disaster that destroyed it also preserved it and over time archaeologists have uncovered a unique record of its daily life—roads, buildings, municipal services, paintings, mosaics, artifacts, and even preserved bodies. Ongoing excavations at the site provide an ever-evolving picture of everyday life at the height of the Roman Empire.

Extend your experience with a hands-on science activity or a movie!

Vesuvius Science Lab
Explore the sciences of archaeology and geology at hands-on stations in the Vesuvius Science Lab. Examine real volcanic rocks as you learn about the dynamic processes leading to Mt. Vesuvius' eruption. Learn about the careful steps archaeologists use to preserve what remains from the ancient site of Pompeii. Located on the Third Floor near Sir Isaac's Loft. Free with Museum Admission.

Ring of Fire
The return of a classic! One of the most popular films ever shown in the Tuttleman IMAX® Theater, Ring of Fire remains unrivaled in its dramatic portrayal of volcanic activity. Combine One Day in Pompeii with Ring of Fire for a spectacular earth science experience. Additional fee applies.


One Day in Pompeii in the Mandell Center features over 150 artifacts on loan from the collection of the Naples National Archaeological Museum.

Presented by:

PECO An Exelon Company


By Phone: 215.448.1200
(9:00AM-5:00PM, daily)
Tickets can also be purchased on-site at the Box Office.

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Through April 13
Sunday - Wednesday:
Last admission 3:30PM
Thursday - Saturday:
Last admission 7:30PM

April 14 through 19
Last admission 7:30PM

April 20
Last admission 3:30PM

April 21 through 23
Last admission 7:30PM

April 24

April 25 through 27
Last admission 7:30PM

Individual Tickets:
Daytime Admissions

Adults: $27.50
Children ages 3-11: $21.50
Daytime tickets also include General Admission to the museum.
Evening Admissions
(after 5:00PM)
Adults: $18.00
Children ages 3-11: $11.00
Does not include General Admission to the museum.

Group Tickets:
Groups save 25%

Call for details: 215.448.1200.

Member Tickets:
Adult Members: $10.00
Child Members: $8.00
Call 215.448.1200.

Tickets are timed and dated, and advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended.

An optional Audio Tour is available for $6.00 per person.