Last Supper In Pompeii

25 Jul 2019 – 12 Jan 2020


Everything from the exquisite mosaics in the villas of the wealthy to the remains found in kitchen drains reveals what the people of Pompeii loved to eat and drink. The Ashmolean’s 2019 summer exhibition will tell the story of this ancient Roman city's love affair with food.

When the ash from Mount Vesuvius began raining down on Pompeii in AD 79, people were engaged in typically day to day activities – eating, drinking and producing food, and most importantly eating and drinking. 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. The city produced more wine, olive oil and fish-sauce than it could consume and exported its gourmet products across the Mediterranean.

Many of the objects, on loan from Naples and Pompeii, have never before left the country. They range from the luxury furnishings of the Roman dining room, to the carbonised food that was on the table when the volcano erupted.

Booking is now open

Entry will be free for Ashmolean Members


Date to be confirmed

Members can enjoy a special preview of the exhibition before it opens to the public. Members can also bring along a guest for free (to this event only). There is no need to book, simply present your membership card at the exhibition entrance. For additional Member guests tickets are available to purchase at the exhibition shop on the day. Additional guests must visit with a current Ashmolean Member.

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NEW – dates to be confirmed soon

Enjoy a relaxed visit to the Last Supper in Pompeii exhibition. Designed for people living with Autism, or with other sensory needs, and their families, friends and carers. Limited tickets will be sold, additional sensory activities will be programmed, trained & friendly staff will be on hand, and a quiet space will be available if needed.

Booking will be required. Normal ticket prices will apply.


Timed tickets will be in operation. Full price adult tickets are £12.25 each.


Entry is FREE, and no booking is required, for: children under 12 years; University of Oxford students; and Members of the Ashmolean.

Tickets are discounted at 50% for: those under 25; students; children aged 12–17 years; and Art Fund Members.

Concession tickets are available for: senior citizens: those who are unemployed; and University of Oxford staff & alumni.



Booking will open soon.

Booking in advance will be recommended to avoid disappointment, and to guarantee entry at a preferred time.

Some tickets may be available on the day of your visit, but this cannot be guaranteed.

We expect the exhibition to be busiest at weekends and during school holidays.

For more information about tickets please see the 'Visiting and Tickets' section, above, or see our Ticket Information Page.



Members and Patrons of the Ashmolean will not need to book for this exhibition.

Please present your valid Membership card at the exhibition entrance. You may visit as many times as you like.



UK school groups can visit our temporary exhibitions free of charge. Booking is essential.

We offer teachers a previsit complimentary exhibition ticket. Contact the Education team by email to arrange your visit:



Yes. Teaching Notes will be made available closer to the time.



Yes. A family trail will be available from the exhibition entrance.



Yes. Access to the exhibition is via lift and the entire exhibition is wheelchair accessible with handheld labels available.



Exhibition Tours

Tours of the exhibition take place every Tuesday and Thursday, 3.30–4.15pm.
Tours are FREE with the price of an exhibition ticket. No further booking is required.


Organised in collaboration with the Archaeological Park of Pompeii, the National Archaeological Museum of Naples and the Archaeological Park of Paestum.

The exhibition has been generously supported by

Intesa Sanpaolo Logo


Additional support was received from

Ruddock Foundation for the Arts

The William Delafield Charitable Trust
Stockman Family Foundation
Patrons of the Ashmolean Museum

The Helen Roll Charity
Professor Gillies McKenna and Professor Ruth Muschel
Charles and Alison Young
The late Miss Cecil Western
Mr John and Mrs Margaret Leighfield


An exhibition catalogue will be available to buy at the museum and online.


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Image credit:

Mosaic of a skeleton holding two wine jugs or askoi
First century AD
© Archaeological Museum Naples

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