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“Museo Vesuviano Giovan Battista Alfano Houses the Victims of the Mount Vesuvius Eruptetion at 1 am.”

Museo Vesuviano Giovan Battista Alfano
Ranked #24 of 102 things to do in Pompeii
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 24 January 2018

Museo Vesuviano Giovan Battista Alfano attraction is also commonly known as the "Forum Granary". Monsignor Giovanni Battista Alfano is credited with founding this compilation of artifacts and remains discovered in Pompeii excavations.
The "Board of Cultural Heritage of Pompeii" calls if the Forum Granary. Technically, it was the fruit and vegetable market that today holds more than 9,000 artifacts of clay pottery, pots, pans, jugs, amphorae, containers to transport sauces, wines, and oil, marble tables, and casts of victims from the volcanic eruption. The objects are housed behind wire screens, stacked on shelves.
The casts of victims are in glass cases, on display, locked in positions frozen in time on the split second it took to vaporize their existence. To see these remains and know they once lived is very sad. We are informed they are real with victim’s bones inside.
Museo Vesuviano Giovan Battista Alfano Is an interesting spot although the access for the public is quite limited, it seems to be quite dis-organized and doesn't look any different from my last visit. Most people are interested in the plaster casts of the people who had perished in the eruption.
To really think that this happened, we feel sympathy on the victims of the volcano eruption.. I think some of us was just so overwhelmed by this historical city and the sights. It was confronting seeing the bodies and the dog that had been preserved by the ash. It is sad to think what they must have gone through. It is amazing how much they were able to preserve from the eruption. I am very impressed!
The display of plaster casts that show how the poor souls that died in the eruption of Vesuvius died instantly and were immediately vaporized to leave a space in the ash where they had been, is without doubt one of the most professional I have witnessed.
Each of the sights at Pompeii are so special from the perspective of preserving history of everyday life in the ancient city. The Museo exhibits findings from Pompeii which helps to better understand the people, town and events.
We learnt that the heat from Mount Vesuvius erupted at 1 am and it was so hot that the people of Pompei were instantaneously frozen in action as they tried to escape or died in their sleep. We saw a body of a man still wearing his sandals. His hand was clawed as though in intense pain, while another looked as if he died peacefully in his sleep, none the wiser to what had taken place.

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Reviewed 25 December 2017

you read about them and see pictures but standing in front of these poor people's casts really gets to you seeing them in their last moments makes the event seem that much more real and current

Thank Jan W
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Reviewed 21 October 2017

for all to see, if I am not mistaken I think this one has the bones on the inside and the outside is restored as such in line with the bone structure, would have been nice to show how long the body was.

Thank Dave1018
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Reviewed 15 October 2017

There’s no charge to walk around this glass enclosed museum that displays the plaster casts of cavities where these bodies were found buried is solidified ash from the August 24, 79AD [as in 79 years after the birth of Jesus] eruption of Vesuvius and subsequent pyroclastic tsunami and ash cloud collapse. Archaeologists knew that the cavities were created by long-ago decayed bodies. They wisely filled those voids with plaster, and later removed the solidified ash, leaving a perfectly formed cast that depicted the position of the people killed in that volcanic eruption. The museum is a free-standing building at the entrance/exit, and displays the "bodies" out of context of how they were found. The exhibits would have been far more compelling had there been a recreation of the rooms in which they were found, the reason for my lower rating. That type of recreation, however, can be found in Naples/Napoli.

Although 20,000 people lived in pre-Vesuvius eruption Pompeii, only 1,150 bodies of an estimated 2,000 have been preserved in plaster casts, most of them in the archaeological museum in Napoli/Naples. That means 18,000 people evacuated the city, most likely a short boat ride to nearby Herculaneum. Those who remained were likely shopkeepers and wealthy merchants who feared leaving behind their hordes of goods. How many throughout history have ignored biblical advice to forfeit worldly goods to preserve life? Museo Vesuviano displays many of those who refused—or were unable—to vacate the looming eruption. Of course, people two millennia ago did not comprehend volcanic activity and may have thought earth tremors and a mountain belching smoke would subside.

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Reviewed 15 October 2017

Display was absolutely out of context of the event. Each of the human remain was displayed on its own in different display area, exposed to the elements or in glass case.
It could have been presented in away to provide education purposes.

Thank FYL003
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