Dernier repas à Pompéi, the exhibition at the Musée de l’Homme - Closed

Published by Cécile D. · Published on 11 December 2020 at 13h07
The Musée de l’Homme invites you to share one last meal, but not any kind. The “Dernier repas à Pompéi” (Last Meal in Pompei) exhibition takes us to discover the food and leftovers found during the archaeological digs. Items and works exhibited leave Italy for the first time: you do not want to miss this exceptional exhibition reopening at the same time as the museum in January 2021.

The Musée de l'Homme teams up with the Naples National Museum of Natural History and University to present “Dernier repas à Pompéi” [Last Meal in Pompei] taking us centuries back. From July 8, 2020 to January 4, 2021, come and discover exceptional pieces exhibited for the first time in France. The exhibition is closed until further notice.

We are in 79 AD. The entire Italy is alive. Entire? No. The city of Pompei has just been submerged by ashes from Vesuvius. A few hours prior to this terrible event, the inhabitants of this city got up, chatted with their friends and ate for the last time.

Over twenty produces, fruits, cereals or bread have been found during the archaeological digs in Pompei. Preciously kept, these relics are displayed at the Musée de l’Homme in a tour revolving around four areas. We walk through a bakery, a kitchen, a dining room and a “laboratory” where we’re told about customs and food habits of Antique Italians.

Through food and thanks to the frescoes and the décor recreating a Pompei villa, we learn more about the history of the city, its business relationships with the surrounding countries and its social and culinary identity. For budding chefs, the Musée de l’Homme highlights a few antique recipes: you’ll be able to impress (or gross out) your guests at your next social dinner.

This exhibition echoes with the Je mange, donc je suis exhibition, the other exhibition running to August 31, 2020 at the Musée de l’Homme. Enjoy: the two exhibitions are accessible with the same admission ticket. And for those who might feel hungry after the exhibit, restaurants Le Relais du Parc and Îlots de Chaillot expect you!

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75116 Paris 16


tarif réduit: €9
tarif plein: €12

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