POMPEII AND THE CLASSICAL WORLD IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Penn Museum and The Franklin Institute Partner
To Provide Combination Ticket, Rich Experience for the Public
PHILADELPHIA, PA 2013—With the special exhibition One Day in Pompeii at The Franklin Institute, and close by the Penn Museum's suite of galleries, Worlds Intertwined: Etruscans, Greeks, and Romans, the public has a unique opportunity to delve deeply into ancient Italy and the broader Classical World—exploring a dynamic history and culture that continues to influence our world today.
Now, visitors can experience both museums at a special combination price of $32.50 ($10 off regular adult admission)—through April 27, 2014. Visitors can purchase the combination ticket at museum admission desks or by phone at 215.898.4001 (Penn Museum) or 215.448.1200 (The Franklin Institute)
Penn Museum: Worlds Intertwined
More than 1,400 ancient artifacts—including exquisite marble statuary, painted pottery, weapons and armor, coins, jewelry, glass, and engraved gems—help to tell the interconnected story of the ancient Greeks, the Etruscans, and the Romans.
The Franklin Institute: One Day in Pompeii
One Day in Pompeii features more than 150 artifacts on loan from the Naples National Archaeological Museum in Italy, including wall-sized frescos, marble and bronze sculptures, jewelry, ancient Roman coins, and full body casts of the volcano's victims, many of which are making their North American debut.
The Penn Museum's complementary Pompeii Lecture Series, which began in October, continues with programs in February and March: www.penn.museum/pompeii.
About the Penn Museum:
The Penn Museum (University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology), 3260 South Street in Philadelphia, is dedicated to the study and understanding of human history and diversity. Founded in 1887, the Museum has sent more than 300 archaeological and anthropological expeditions to all the inhabited continents of the world—and explorations continue. With an active exhibition schedule and educational programming for children and adults, the Museum offers the public an opportunity to share in the ongoing discovery of humankind's collective heritage. www.penn.museum
About The Franklin Institute:
Located in the heart of Philadelphia, The Franklin Institute is a renowned and innovative leader in the field of science and technology learning, as well as a dynamic center of activity. Pennsylvania's most visited museum, it is dedicated to creating a passion for learning about science by offering access to hands-on science education. For more information, visit www.fi.edu.
Image captions (top to bottom): Pompeii volcano image courtesy The Franklin Institute. The Penn Museum's Mediterranean galleries highlight more than one thousand artifacts including marble and bronze sculptures, jewelry, metalwork, mosaics, glass vessels, gold and silver coins, and pottery from the Museum's outstanding Mediterranean collection of more than 30,000 objects, which date from 3000 BCE to the 5th century CE. The Rome Gallery features reliefs, marble sculptures, gems, coinage, glass, and other artifacts from this ancient civilization. Photo: Penn Museum. Carved front and back, this Puteoli marble block is proof that a Roman emperor's authority depended upon the support of his army and government. Side A (not pictured here) had been inscribed to honor emperor Domitian, but the words have been chiseled off. Domitian was assassinated in 96 CE, and all public traces of his rule were officially eliminated. Side B later became part of an arch celebrating emperor Trajan (81–96 CE). Members of Trajan's army are shown. The arch stood in Puteoli, near present-day Naples. Photo: Penn Museum. This marble panel sealed a loculus (a burial compartment) in a Roman tomb. It dates from the late 2nd to 3rd century CE. The scene shows a Bacchic procession. At the left, the god Bacchus (the Roman god of wine) stands in a chariot drawn by a centaur. Photo: Penn Museum.