Pompeii exhibit coming to Union Station

Posted at 2:35 PM, Sep 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-07 18:13:07-04

Visitors can experience the 79 A.D. eruption of Mt. Vesuvius and the city frozen in time, Pompeii, right here in Kansas City this fall.

Union Station announced that a new exhibit called, POMPEII: The Exhibition, will premiere November 18 in the Bank of America Gallery.

According to Union Station, the exhibit will examine the lives of the doomed residents both before and after the massive eruption.

“We wanted to bring this most historical event back to life and allow visitors to relive it vividly,” John Norman, president, Exhibitions International and producer of POMPEII: The Exhibition, said. “This new exhibition allows you to explore treasures and experience life in the bustling city of Pompeii before time essentially stopped. Guests will then relive the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in a 4D eruption theatre before stepping into the last gallery featuring the most iconic artifacts of Pompeii . . . actual body casts of those who perished.  Union Station’s first-class 20,000 square foot Bank of America Gallery and stellar reputation in the worldwide exhibition community makes Kansas City an easy first choice when it comes to an international tour of this importance.”

The experience will include:

  • Introductory theatre where the scene is set in a video with dramatic reconstructions that describes Pompeii and the nearby volcano.
  • Visitors are then transported back in time to 79 A.D. and find themselves in a reproduced atrium from a Roman villa, where they will embark on a journey through the ancient city.
  • Through the use of projections, audio, video, photographic murals, and graphic reproductions of frescoes and mosaics, visitors will experience different locations that existed in the city, including a market, a temple, theater, and baths.
  • Nearly 200 authentic artifacts will help bring the story of Pompeii to life.  These remarkable objects include: Mosaics and frescoes, gladiator helmets, armor, and weapons, a ship’s anchor, lamps, jugs, cups, plates, pots and pans and other household objects and furniture, jewelry, medical instruments, and tools.
  • A simulated eruption theater will allow visitors to experience the deathly impact Mount Vesuvius had on this ancient city, culminating in the reveal of full body casts of twisted human forms, asphyxiated by extreme heat and noxious gases and forever frozen in time.

For advanced ticket deals, you can buy online now through September 25. After September 25, ticket prices are $19.95 for adults, $15.95 for children 3-12 and $16.95 for Seniors (55+) and Military on Mondays. School Group pricing is $9.95.



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