Dernier repas à Pompéi exhibition at the Musée de l'Homme - closed

Published by Cécile de Sortiraparis · Published on December 12th, 2020 at 01:07 p.m.
The Musée de l'Homme invites us to share a meal, but not just any meal. The "Last meal in Pompeii" exhibition takes us on a journey through the remains and foodstuffs found during archaeological excavations. The objects and works on display are being brought out of Italy for the first time: don't miss this exceptional exhibition, which opens in January 2021.

The Musée de l'Homme, in partnership with the Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle and the University of Naples, presents Dernier repas à Pompéi, an exhibition that takes us back several centuries. From July 8, 2020 to January 4, 2021, discover exceptional pieces, exhibited for the first time in France. The exhibition is closed until further notice.

The year is 79 AD. All of Italy is alive and well. All of it? No. The city of Pompeii has just been engulfed by the ashes of Mount Vesuvius. A few hours before this terrible event, the inhabitants of this ancient city got up, chatted with their friends and ate their last meal.

More than twenty products, including fruit, cereals and bread, have been found during archaeological digs on the Pompeii site. Preciously preserved, these relics are presented at the Musée de l'Homme in a tour divided into four areas. We stroll through a bakery, a kitchen, a dining room and a "laboratory", where we learn about the eating habits and practices of ancient Italians.

Through these foods, and thanks to the frescoes and decor imitating a Pompeian villa, we learn about thehistory of the city, its trade relations with surrounding countries and its social and culinary identity. For amateur chefs, the Musée de l'Homme showcases a number of ancient recipes: enough to impress (or disgust) your guests at your next social dinner.

This exhibition echoes Je mange, donc je suis, the other exhibition on view at the Musée de l'Homme until August 31, 2020. Take advantage: both exhibitions are accessible with the same admission ticket. And if you're feeling peckish as you leave the museum, the Le Relais du Parc and Îlots de Chaillot restaurants are just waiting for you!

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17 place du Trocadero
75116 Paris 16

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tarif réduit: €9
tarif plein: €12

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The museum is open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., except Tuesdays.

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