Pompeii, AD 79

Peristyle garden of a house excavated from the ashes at Pompeii. Photograph from the exhibition Pompeii, AD 79.

On the morning of August 24, AD 79, the volcano Vesuvius woke in fury and rained destruction upon a region along the Bay of Naples. Whole peoples and cities vanished in the disaster.  Thanks to the diligence of dedicated archaeologists, we now can experience the sense of life that pulsed through Pompeii before that day.


Based on an international exhibition that commemorated the 1900th anniversary of Pompeii’s doom, Pompeii, AD 79 recreates the layout of the city and the typical activities of inhabitants as they went about their daily lives and planned for the future. The impact of discovering its buildings, its people, and its culture is unforgettable. Panel topics include:

  • Mosaic portrait of a matron
  • Vesuvius in paintings
  • Body casts
  • The Forum
  • Temples of Apollo and Jupiter
  • Statue of Aphrodite
  • The Theatre and actors
  • Homes
  • Frescos
  • Bakery
  • Hot food bar
  • Religious pluralism
  • Dionysian ritual
  • The Amphitheater

Pompeii, AD 79 was organized by the Dallas Museum of Art in collaboration with Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Exhibition Format

Content18 single-sided panels
Space Requirements45 linear feet of wall space
Shipping Weight and DimensionsTravels in 1 wooden crate:
  • 32” x 49” x 25” – 175 lbs.
Rental Fee*$300*
Rental Period6 weeks

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Press release

Pompeii press release

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2019-2020 Bookings

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