Go to Pompeii for Free in March

22 February 2010

Take a free trip back to 80 AD at the A Day in Pompeii exhibition at Te Papa on Thursday 4 March.

Wellington City Council is offering free entry to all Wellington city residents and ratepayers that day - part of the Council's ongoing sponsorship relationship with Te Papa.

The Council's Economic Portfolio Leader, Councillor John Morrison, says the exhibition has it all - history, mythology, geology, lots of stunning artefacts, and a 3-D spectacle of the volcanic eruption.

"We're thrilled that A Day in Pompeii is here, and that we're able to offer a free day to Wellingtonians," says Cr Morrison.

"The exhibition allows you to imagine what life was like in Pompeii before it was covered in rock and ash from Vesuvius. You'll see gladiators' armour, lots of household furniture and artefacts, stunning ornaments and statues, and oddly enough, the implements that slaves used to scrape oil from Pompeians' bodies after their daily hot bath. By all accounts, it was quite the lavish lifestyle.

"I recommend you allow plenty of time to see the exhibition. There's so much to see, and it's worth taking the time to do it. Also, the free day has in past years been incredibly busy, so be prepared to queue."

To gain free entry, Wellington city residents need to present proof of their residential or ratepayer's status, such as their library card, or a bill or rates invoice showing their residential address. This offer does not apply to Upper Hutt, Lower Hutt, Porirua or Kapiti residents.

Te Papa is open from 10.00am until 9.00pm on Thursdays. This will allow workers to see the exhibition for free. Last entry is at 8.30pm.

The exhibition is at Te Papa until 25 April. The usual admission charge is $15 for an adult.