Admission with Museum Card

Escape from Pompeii

The Maritime Museum of Finland, Kotka

  • 31.3.2023–1.10.2023

The city that flourished and died.


The story of the life and destruction of an ancient city is coming to the Maritime Museum of Finland and the Kymenlaakso Museum in the Maritime Centre Vellamo on March 31, 2023!

The year is 79 AD. A small, lively town in Italy wakes up to noise and screams as a dormant volcano nearby comes to life with a roar, sowing destruction all around it, burying the town in ash for centuries. The eruption of Vesuvius is one of the most famous and destructive natural disasters in history.

The cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, which the eruption buried, were only rediscovered in the 18th century. Since then they have been the subject of extensive archaeological research that continues to offer new discoveries.

Now you can find out more about these discoveries and the story of the buried city in a new, fascinating exhibition. Escape from Pompeii is the story of a city that flourished and died – the story of the inhabitants of the area and their fates, the colourful life and destruction of Pompeii and Herculaneum. The exhibition also brings out a lesser-noted perspective – the importance of the Roman navy in attempts to rescue fleeing inhabitants and the birth of the Roman Empire as a whole.

The Escape from Pompeii exhibition is produced by the Italian Expona and Contemporanea Progetti, together with the National Museum of Finland, and it is organised in cooperation with the Maritime Museum of Finland and the Kymenlaakso Museum. The exhibition is based on a concept originally designed for the Australian National Maritime Museum.

The exhibition is displayed in the Maritime Centre Vellamo in Kotka 31 March – 1 October 2023.

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Museum contact details

The Maritime Museum of Finland
Tornatorintie 99, Kotka

040 350 0497

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The Maritime Museum of Finland, Tornatorintie 99, Kotka


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Admission fees

Admission with Museum Card
Admission with Museum Card


Payment methods

Vellamossa kyvt kteinen, yleisimmt pankki- ja luottokortit, Museokortti ja Kaikukortti sek Smartumin, Epassin (mobiilisovellus), Eazybreakin ja Edenredin kulttuuriedut.

Opening hours

Mon Closed
Tue 10:00-17:00
Wed 10:00-20:00
Thu 10:00-17:00
Fri 10:00-17:00
Sat 10:00-17:00
Sun 10:00-17:00

On Wednesdays 5pm-8pm free admission. Exceptions to opening hours: https:/­/­www.merikeskusvellamo.fi/­en/­exceptions-to-opening-hours/­.

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