In 79 A.D. Mount Vesuvius erupted destroying the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Pompeii had become the Las Vegas for Romans in that it was a city where anything goes. Many high profile Romans escaped there to do what they couldn’t do in their home towns. As such, it became known as a city of wealth and when the eruption happened it buried, under several metres of volcanic rubble, archaeological treasures.
The impossibility of digging it out and time passing led to Pompeii being somewhat forgotten. Then about 250 years ago a dig discovered the lost city and its cachet of treasures. Because of all the rubble on top of it much of the treasures were surprisingly well preserved. It is almost like time stood still in Pompeii. What remains gives us a good window into life in that town at the height of Roman civilization.
Now the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts has brought together a collection of over 220 items from Pompeii. They include mosaics, frescoes, decorative arts, personal items like silverware, and marble and bronze statues. This is the largest exhibit of the treasure to appear ever in Quebec.
-Dates: February 6 – September 5, 2016
-Venue: Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
-Ticket Purchase: www.mbam.qc.ca
-Ticket Prices: Ages 31 and up – $20.00
Ages 13-30 – $12.00
-Hours: Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday :10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Thursday :10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday :10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday :10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday :10 a.m. to 5 p.m.