This major exhibition told 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.
This exhibition included 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 provided 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
Designed for people with Autism, or with other sensory needs.
Join us for an Autism-friendly visit to Last Supper in Pompeii. An opportunity to explore this stunning exhibition without the crowds. Numbers in the exhibition will be limited and audio and lighting adjusted to make a visit as relaxed and enjoyable as possible for people with Autism or have other sensory needs.
Yes. Access to the exhibition is via lift and the entire exhibition is wheelchair accessible. Handheld labels are available, and the exhibition audioguide is free for blind and partially sighted visitors.
There is also a level access route from the pavement outside the Museum to the front door. You can read more about Museum access at this link Ashmolean Access Guide
Disabled visitors should book a regular exhibition ticket at full or concession price, depending on eligibility. Accompanying carers do not need a ticket and can access the exhibition for free with a ticket-holding disabled visitor.
Yes. There is much to engage children in the exhibition.
As well as a family trail there is an interactive menu game/activity, there are films showing what a Roman house and gardens would have looked like, and there are representations of animals, people and gods. There is even a toy dormouse 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.