Pompeii: The Exhibition To Open At MSI in Chicago

The Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) in Chicago is taking visitors back in time to 79 A.D. with their newest exhibit, Pompeii: The Exhibition. Through this captivating exhibition, guests can explore the ancient Roman city frozen in time by a devastating volcanic eruption.

The exhibit will open from February 23, 2023, until September 4, 2023. The exhibition requires a ticket with timed admission and reservations in advance are highly advised.

On display are over 150 artifacts that were unearthed from archaeological sites around the world, offering insight into what life was like for the inhabitants of Pompeii before its destruction. These artifacts include gladiator armor, weapons, pots, furniture, jewelry, and medical tools, providing a glimpse into how the people of Pompeii lived, loved, worked, and worshiped.

In addition to the artifacts, there will be interactive multimedia experiences and immersive environments that transport guests to the streets of Pompeii during its heyday including holographic gladiatorial fighting, a brand-new 3D experience that guides visitors through the many stages of Mount Vesuvius’ eruption, and a 4D theater that mimics Mount Vesuvius’ devastating impact on this historic city. All of this culminates in the unveiling of full-body casts of those who perished during this extraordinary volcanic eruption.


Visitors can also learn about how modern-day forensic science has been used to uncover secrets from its ruins over time while gaining an appreciation for how this ancient culture influences our lives today.

John Norman, President of World Heritage Exhibitions, producers of POMPEII: The Exhibition, added. “We wanted to bring this historical event back to life and allow visitors to relive it vividly. By combining priceless artifacts with multimedia productions, we have created an authentic, captivating retelling of life in Pompeii.”

MSI President and CEO Chevy Humphrey commented on the exhibition’s combination of history and technology, stating, “The blend of scientific discovery and media-rich way of retelling history allows visitors to experience the awe of nature and human ingenuity. We’re thrilled to bring this innovative exhibition to Chicago and provide our guests with the ability to travel through time and immerse themselves in Pompeii with breathtaking, real-life examples of archeology, geology, earth science, art history, culture, and more.”

The Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) is one of the largest science museums in the world and is located at 5700 S. DuSable, Lake Shore Drive, Chicago.

[Source: Museum of Science and Industry Press Release]

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