DENVER MUSEUM OF NATURE & SCIENCE BRINGS POMPEII TO
DENVER IN BLOCKBUSTER EXHIBITION
A Day in Pompeii Opens September 14; Tickets on Sale August
24, the Anniversary of the AD 79 Mount Vesuvius Eruption
Denver-August 7, 2012-On August 24, AD 79,
Mount Vesuvius erupted, burying the vibrant Roman city of Pompeii
under volcanic ash for hundreds of years. Beginning Friday,
September 14, the Colorado community will have the opportunity to
explore the daily life-and tragic end-of this thriving metropolis
when A Day in Pompeii opens at the Denver Museum of Nature &
Science. Visitors will uncover the treasures of a city
steeped in legend, examine casts of the volcano's victims frozen in
their last moments, and discover the power of volcanoes past and
Pompeii's rediscovery in the early 1700s-building by building,
street by street, and block by block-became one of the greatest
archaeological sites ever unearthed. A Day in Pompeii showcases
more than 250 exceptional artifacts that lay buried in the
ruins-including room-size frescoes, marble and bronze sculptures,
jewelry, gold coins, and everyday household items. The
13,000-square-foot exhibition evokes the richness, culture, and
bustle of daily life in Pompeii.
In addition to seeing rare artifacts, visitors will experience
what it was like to live in ancient Pompeii as they enjoy digital
re-creations, activity carts, and conversation with the Museum's
"We are thrilled to offer this once-in-a-lifetime experience to
our visitors," said George Sparks, President and CEO of the Museum.
"This exhibition provides a compelling view of Ancient Rome right
here in modern-day Denver."
Tickets go on sale on Friday, August 24, the anniversary of the
AD 79 Vesuvius eruption. For more information and to purchase
tickets, please visit www.dmns.org/pompeii.
Pompeii's homes, gardens, businesses, and culture come to life
through richly colored frescoes, mosaics, furniture, ovens,
luxurious and everyday plates and bowls, wine jugs, coins,
fishhooks, statues from Greek and Roman myths, cremation urns,
necklaces, bracelets, and bronze helmets and shin guards.
Interactive carts explore the geology of volcanoes, the daily life
of Pompeians, mythology, and Pompeii's clothing. The exhibition
also poignantly displays more than 10 resin casts created from the
original molds of the remains of citizens and animals captured in
their final moments.
A Day in Pompeii is based on the design and presentation
developed by the Gulf Coast Exploreum, the Science Museum of
Minnesota, the San Diego Natural History Museum, and Discovery
Place. Organized by Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici
di Napoli e Pompei (SANP). For additional information visit www.dmns.org/pompeii
Charlotte Hurley, [email protected],
About the Denver Museum of Nature &
The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is the Rocky Mountain
Region's leading resource for informal science education. A variety
of engaging exhibits, discussions and activities help Museum
visitors celebrate and understand the natural wonders of Colorado,
Earth and the universe. The Museum is located at 2001 Colorado
Blvd., Denver, CO, 80205. To learn more about the Museum,
check www.dmns.org, or call 303-370-6000.
Many of the Museum's educational programs and exhibits are made
possible in part by the citizens of the seven-county metro area
through the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District.