Time is running out for Sydneysiders to experience the Australian National Maritime’s international exhibition Escape from Pompeii which closes on 3 September

The incredibly popular exhibition features ancient objects from Pompeii, Herculaneum and sites around the Bay of Naples as well as some of Italy’s leading institutions including a rostrum from a Roman warship recovered from the site of a famous sea battle. There’s also impressive Roman reliefs, beautiful golden jewelry, tableware and even food items, all remarkably preserved in the ash and debris of Pompeii.

Five haunting body casts of victims of the eruption are also included, capturing their final moments preserved in the ash.

Escape from Pompeii reveals the untold story of the dramatic rescue attempt following one of history’s most famous and devastating natural disasters – the eruption of Mt Vesuvius and the destruction of Pompeii in 79 AD.

Developed by the Australian National Maritime Museum in association with Expona and Contemporanea Progetti, the exhibition features artefacts from institutions including the Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Parco Archeologico dei Campi Flegrei and Soprintendenza Archaeologica di Pompei to tell how the Roman navy attempted to evacuate people affected by the eruption.

Escape from Pompeii – the untold Roman rescue must close on 3 September 2017. The exhibition will then tour to Western Australia and open at the WA Maritime Museum in Fremantle on 22 September 2017.

Tickets are Adult $35 | Child $20 | Concession $25 | Family $89.

For more information visit www.anmm.gov.au/pompeii or call 02 9298 3777.

Interviews and images available on request

All media inquiries: Shirani Aththas (02) 9298 3642; 0418 448 690; email saththas@anmm.gov.au