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Museo Vesuviano Giovan Battista Alfano
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Very Moving

What an excellent half day we had at Pompeii and the displays are very moving and fascinating at... read more

Reviewed 27 August 2018
tony n
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Morecambe, United Kingdom
Smaller than expected

I thought there would be more casts of people so was a little underwhelmed at first. There was some... read more

Reviewed 26 June 2018
TriciaBishop
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Bradford, United Kingdom
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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.

3  Thank DeanMurphy2020
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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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Reviewed 6 October 2017 via mobile

It is easy to wander the ancient streets of Pompeii and forget the tragic ending that befell the townspeople. Here you can see the casts of the people as they met there final time on earth.

Thank lollygal
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