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How to visit Pompeii while in Chicago

The Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) invites guests to step back in time and experience one of nature’s most powerful moments in Pompeii: The Exhibition.

How to visit Pompeii at the Museum of Science and Industry

A world-renowned collection of priceless artifacts and hands-on multimedia productions is staged in 79 A.D., just hours before life in Pompeii was simultaneously fixed and lost in time for centuries by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. 

“The blend of scientific discovery and media-rich way of retelling history allows visitors to experience the awe of nature and human ingenuity. We’re thrilled to bring this innovative exhibition to Chicago and provide our guests with the ability to travel through time and immerse themselves in Pompeii with breathtaking, real-life examples of archeology, geology, earth science, art history, culture, and more.”

Chevy Humphrey, President, and CEO of MSI

About Pompeii: The Exhibition

The exhibition depicts daily life in Pompeii through an incredible combination of projections, audio, video, and photographic murals supplemented by more than 150 priceless artifacts on display from the unparalleled collection of the Naples National Archaeological Museum in Italy.

These artifacts, which include gladiator armor, weapons, pots, furniture, jewelry, medical instruments, and many more objects, provide a comprehensive view of how the people of Pompeii lived, loved, worked, worshipped, and found entertainment before disaster struck in this bustling commercial port and strategic military city.

The exhibition also includes completely immersive experiences showing holographic gladiatorial combat, a brand-new 3D experience which takes visitors through the different stages of the Mt. Vesuvius eruption, and finally a 4D theater that simulates Mount Vesuvius’s deathly impact on this ancient city.

This all culminates with the reveal of full-body casts of human forms who perished during this incredible volcanic event. 

How to visit Pompeii in Chicago

Pompeii: The Exhibition is open from February 23rd to September 4th, 2023. The exhibition requires a timed-entry ticket. Advance reservations are highly recommended.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) website.

If once the visit is over you find yourself starving for more Italian art and culture you could also enjoy Renaissance art at the Biltmore estate without traveling all the way to Florence.

*Cover picture by Nick Night as available on

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