Why not combine an exhibition visit with lunch or afternoon tea in the Ashmolean Rooftop Restaurant?
Book one of our limited combination tickets in advance to guarantee your exhibition entry time and pre-booked meal, and enjoy a complimentary glass of Prosecco.
The Financial Times
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"Brilliant – a feast of a show"
"A marvellously engrossing exhibition"
The Sunday Times
This major exhibition will tell the story of the ancient Roman city of Pompeii's love affair with food and wine.
Located in the sunny paradise of southern Italy, Pompeii was sandwiched between lush vineyards and fertile plains to one side, and the bountiful waters of the Bay of Naples to the other. When the ash from Mount Vesuvius began raining down on Pompeii in AD 79, people were engaged in typical day to day activities: producing, buying and selling food and, most importantly, eating and drinking.
See over 400 rare objects, including fine masterpieces of Roman art which range from the luxury furnishings of Roman dining rooms to the carbonised food that was on the table when the volcano erupted. Everything from the exquisite mosaics and frescoes in the villas of the wealthy to the remains found in kitchen drains, show what the Pompeians loved to eat and drink. This remarkable exhibition provides an extraordinary insight into their everyday lives.
Fresco from a lararium showing Bacchus covered in grapes next to Mount Vesuvius
Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli Pompeii, AD 60-79
Terracotta models of foodstuff
Archaeological Park of Paestum, 360 BC
Blue glass serving jug
Pompeii Archeological Park, AD 60-79
Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli Pompeii, AD 79
Mosaic showing a marine scene
Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli Pompeii, 100-1 BC
Olla – Cooking pot with Lapilli
Pompeii Archaeological Park, AD 1-79
VISITING AND TICKETS
Timed tickets will be in operation. Full price adult tickets are £12.25 each.
Yes. There is much to engage children in the exhibition – as well as a family trail there is an interactive menu game/activity, films showing what a Roman house and gardens would have looked like and lots of representations of animals, people and gods. There is even a dormouse toy peeping out of a glirarium (a terracotta container used for keeping edible dormice) in the kitchen display. Please note that the very last section of the exhibition contains human remains. Please ask a member of staff if you have any queries.