Denver Museum of Nature & Science's A Day in Pompeii Nominated for the 17th Annual Webby

DENVER MUSEUM OF NATURE & SCIENCE’S A DAY IN POMPEII NOMINATED FOR THE 17th ANNUAL WEBBY AWARDS

Fans Can Vote Online to Help the Museum Win Internet's Top Honor

Press Contact:
Charlotte Hurley
Charlotte.Hurley@dmns.org

Denver, Colorado — April 11, 2013 – The Denver Museum of Nature & Science announced today that its recent temporary exhibition A Day in Pompeii is a nominee in the Cultural Institutions category in the 17th Annual Webby Awards.

Hailed as the "Internet's highest honor" by the New York Times, the Webby Awards, are the leading international awards honoring excellence on the Internet, presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS), . The IADAS is comprised of web industry experts, including media mogul Arianna Huffington, Skype CEO Tony Bates, Mozilla CEO and Chair Mitchell Baker, Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom, mobile-phone inventor Martin Cooper, and StumbleUpon founder Garrett Camp.

The A Day in Pompeii social media campaign—a collaboration between the Museum and Carmichael Lynch—resurrected Pliny the Elder for the dayinpompeii.com website. On August 24, 2012, Pliny commemorated the anniversary of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius with  a first-hand account of the destruction of Pompeii, which occurred in AD 79. Through his live Twitter updates and an interactive map, people were able to follow his courageous journey and visit the same locations he did nearly 2,000 years ago. 

As a nominee, the Museum is also eligible to win a Webby People's Voice Award, which is voted online by fans across the globe. From now until April 25, Museum fans may cast their votes at http://pv.webbyawards.com. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, April 30.

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About the Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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 generous funding from the citizens of the seven-county metro area through the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District.

About The Webby Awards

Hailed as the "Internet's highest honor" by the New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet, including Websites, interactive advertising & media, online film & video, and mobile & apps. Established in 1996, the 17th Annual Webby Awards received 11,000 entries from all 50 states and over 60 countries worldwide. The Webby Awards is presented by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. Sponsors and Partners of The Webby Awards include: Internet Explorer, Google+, Quancast, Yext, Vitamin T, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Mashable, The Occasional and Business Insider.

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