'Pompeii' exhibit to bring artifacts, body casts, sculptures to Arizona Science Center

Posted at 7:16 PM, Sep 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-28 17:10:19-04

The next exhibition to visit the Arizona Science Center will explore the ancient city of Pompeii, which was decimated after a volcanic eruption covered it in lava and ash.

According to historians, more than 1,000 people died when Mount Vesuvius, a volcano near modern-day Naples, Italy, erupted. While devastating, it was the ash that helped preserve it.

Thousand of years later, more than 200 artifacts -- sculptures, mosaics, body casts, Roman coins -- on loan from the Naples National Archaeological Museum in Italy will fill the Sybil B. Harrington Galleries at the Arizona Science Center for six months, according to a news release.

Pompeii: The Exhibitionwhich will run Nov. 18, 2017 - May 28, 2018, will show what life was like in Pompeii. Guests will see a market, temple, and theater, and be able to experience a simulated volcanic eruption in a 4-D theater.

Another part of the exhibit will feature erotic art and a replicated brothel. That part of the experience is not suitable for children, according to the release.

Tickets to the exhibition are $9.95 for children and $11.95 for adults. That is in addition to general admission to the Arizona Science Center which is $13 for children and $18 for adults.

The release said Pompeii tickets come with a reservation time. They can be purchased online in advance at

Pompeii: The Exhibition (Nov. 18, 2017 - May 28, 2018)
Arizona Science Center, 600 Washington Street, Phoenix AZ 85004
Admission: $9.95 - $11.95, in addition to regular general admission