Pompeii: The Exhibition


There are some wonderful traveling exhibits which allow those of us who don’t travel internationally to these areas to get a glimpse right here in the U.S. I’ve been to several awesome ones and just visited Pompeii: The Exhibition at the Arizona Science Center. While not cheap – there is usually an extra charge in addition to admission to the museum or place it is housed – it’s certainly less expensive than traveling there.

The exhibition was divided into three parts. The bulk of the exhibit was items found by archaeologists. Pompeii is unique in that the hot ash preserved much of the city exactly as it was. It was undisturbed until the 1700s and then when it was uncovered, it was with the same care that archaeologists use today, with careful mapping and preservation. I had no idea that the Romans were so advanced in metalwork, glass work and in the arts. You’ll see below a bronze colander and a funnel! There were tweezers and tiny metal statutes and lamps. Frescos, decorative medallions, pottery, Gorgon mosaics of marble and more are on display.

The transition occurs in part two where you watch a realistic portrayal on the screen of what happened during the volcano’s eruption in 79 A.D. Smoke-like vapor fills the room though is dissipated quickly. The last part shows a chart depicting the 12 feet of ash that layered the city and plaster casts of bodies found. The ash hardened and though the bodies disintegrated, the ash is still in the form of the body underneath. I hope the victims died quickly.

Unless you are a member, admission to the Science Center is $18 for adults and the Pompeii exhibit is an additional $11.95. You do pick a set time to view the exhibit which allows you to get up close to each artifact without fighting crowds. In my case, I opted for 10 a.m. right when it opens and was glad I did. Weekdays means lots of school kids. Probably not many visit the Pompeii exhibit, but, as I neared the end, I could hear the screeches of young kids and pounding of feet!

If you park in the garage in Heritage Square, any of the museums there will validate your ticket. I paid $1 after validation. Leave your larger vehicles and RVs elsewhere. They won’t fit. The closest light rail stop to the Science Center is at Van Buren St & 5th St, which is 324 yards away and about a 4 minute walk. Apache Palms RV Park in Tempe, where we have stayed in the past, is very close to a station and would be a easy way to get downtown without worrying about traffic and parking. Make sure you allow plenty of time.

Since you are given a time to view the exhibit, it’s best to purchase your tickets online. You’ll still need to stand in line but you won’t have to wait to get in. Science centers are kid-centered and interactive. If you don’t mind the noise of kids and dodge them as they race by, you’ll be able to see other things or special exhibits. Several of those also have additional admission fees. Your kids or grandkids, if with you, will enjoy the whole experience.

The exhibit will be at the Science Center through May 28, 2018 so if you are wintering in the area, you’ll have plenty of time to see this fascinating exhibition.


November 25, 2017
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