After 25 years, MOR will replace its longstanding Museum Ball with a new benefit event to fill the February time slot - A Night in Pompeii. It will take place on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m.

The theme for the event is "Party like there's no tomorrow," a fitting notion considering the coming eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Guests will be encouraged to wear appropriate costumes from 79 AD when Pompeii was a bustling community of luxury residences and merchants, but come-as-you-are is also appropriate party attire.

Through live, silent and Dutch auctions, A Night in Pompeii will raise funds to benefit Museum of the Rockies and its Opening Doors for Montana Schoolchildren fund. Every year the fund ensures free access to MOR and all of its exhibits for K-12 public, private, tribal and homeschool students. In 2014, some 10,000 schoolchildren visited the museum at no cost.

The new event is a tribute to the museum's upcoming Summer Blockbuster Exhibit, Leisure and Luxury in the Age of Nero: The Villas of Oplontis Near Pompeii. The exhibit artifacts have never left Italy before, and MOR will be one of only three museums in the country to host the exhibit. Museum of the Rockies will also be the only venue west of the Mississippi River.

Tickets are now available to A Night in Pompeii! Secure yours by calling 406-994-1998.