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

Published by Cécile D. · Published on 20 February 2020 at 12h56 · Updated on 13 April 2020 at 15h51
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 don’t want to miss this exhibition running from March 18 to September 21, 2020.

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 March 18 to September 21, 2020, come and discover exceptional pieces exhibited for the first time in France.

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 June 7, 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!

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
From 18 March 2020 to 21 September 2020



    17 place du Trocadero
    75116 Paris 16

    tarif réduit: 9 €
    tarif plein: 12 €

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