Last Supper In Pompeii


25 July 2019 – 12 January 2020



The Financial Times


★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"Brilliant – a feast of a show"

The Telegraph


"A marvellously engrossing exhibition"

The Sunday Times


This major exhibition told the story of the ancient Roman city of Pompeii's love affair with food and wine.

Located in the sunny paradise of southern Italy, Pompeii was sandwiched between lush vineyards and fertile plains to one side, and the bountiful waters of the Bay of Naples to the other. When the ash from Mount Vesuvius began raining down on Pompeii in AD 79, people were engaged in typical day to day activities: producing, buying and selling food and, most importantly, eating and drinking.

This exhibition included 400 rare objects, including fine masterpieces of Roman art which range from the luxury furnishings of Roman dining rooms to the carbonised food that was on the table when the volcano erupted. Everything from the exquisite mosaics and frescoes in the villas of the wealthy to the remains found in kitchen drains, show what the Pompeians loved to eat and drink. This remarkable exhibition provided an extraordinary insight into their everyday lives.


Designed for people with Autism, or with other sensory needs.

Join us for an Autism-friendly visit to Last Supper in Pompeii. An opportunity to explore this stunning exhibition without the crowds. Numbers in the exhibition will be limited and audio and lighting adjusted to make a visit as relaxed and enjoyable as possible for people with Autism or have other sensory needs.




Booking in advance is strongly recommended to avoid disappointment, and to guarantee entry at a preferred time.

Some tickets may be available on the day of your visit, but this cannot be guaranteed.

We expect the exhibition to be busiest at weekends and during school holidays.

For more information about tickets please see the 'Visiting and Tickets' section, above, or see our Ticket Information Page.



Members and Patrons of the Ashmolean will not need to book for this exhibition.

Please present your valid Membership card at the exhibition entrance. You may visit as many times as you like.



UK school groups can visit our temporary exhibitions free of charge. Booking is essential.

We offer teachers a previsit complimentary exhibition ticket. Contact the Education team by email to arrange your visit:



Yes. You can download the notes at this link Last Supper in Pompeii Teachers Notes



Yes. A family trail is available from the exhibition entrance.

Drawing of a dormouse

You can also download the pdf from this link Last Supper in Pompeii Trail



Yes. Access to the exhibition is via lift and the entire exhibition is wheelchair accessible. Handheld labels are available, and the exhibition audioguide is free for blind and partially sighted visitors.

There is also a level access route from the pavement outside the Museum to the front door. You can read more about Museum access at this link Ashmolean Access Guide

Disabled visitors should book a regular exhibition ticket at full or concession price, depending on eligibility. Accompanying carers do not need a ticket and can access the exhibition for free with a ticket-holding disabled visitor.



Yes, an audioguide is available to purchase at the exhibition entrance for £3 (£2 for Members and Concessions).

The audioguide is free for blind and partially sighted visitors.



Yes.  There is much to engage children in the exhibition.

As well as a family trail there is an interactive menu game/activity, there are films showing what a Roman house and gardens would have looked like, and there are representations of animals, people and gods. There is even a toy dormouse peeping out of a glirarium (a terracotta container used for keeping edible dormice) in the kitchen display. Please note that the very last section of the exhibition contains human remains. Please ask a member of staff if you have any queries.


Yes – we have written a social guide for families with children, but everyone is very welcome to use it.

To download the guide please click on this link: Download The Guide Here



The exhibition has been organised in collaboration with the Archaeological Park of Pompeii, the National Archaeological Museum of Naples and the Archaeological Park of Paestum.

The exhibition has been generously supported by

Intesa Sanpaolo Logo


Additional support was received from

Ruddock Foundation for the Arts


The William Delafield Charitable Trust
Stockman Family Foundation
Patrons of the Ashmolean Museum

The Helen Roll Charity
Professor Gillies McKenna and Professor Ruth Muschel
Charles and Alison Young
The late Miss Cecil Western
Mr John and Mrs Margaret Leighfield


The exhibition audio guide was made possible with support from The Lucinus Trust.


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Image credit:

Mosaic of a skeleton holding two wine jugs or askoi
First century AD
© Archaeological Museum Naples