Pompeii Place


 Imagine living in Pompeii, with hours until disaster.

 Imagine living in Pompeii, with hours until disaster. The new Pompeii exhibit in The Denver Museum of Nature & Science informs visitors all about this historic town destroyed by an inevitable volcanic eruption. The exhibit features ancient artifacts and replicas. About 20,000 people lived in the city of Pompeii, but that was before the ash; before the eruption. Many items were salvaged, preserved by the ash. These items varied from vases to statues. A docent explained to us that even though Pompeii has been excavated for years, they are only about 1/3 of the way through. An old bed was displayed for everyone to see and admire. This exhibit explains the religion of the residents in Pompeii. The residents worshipped many gods and goddesses. An example is Minerva, goddess of wisdom. She was believed to invent numbers. A god is Jupiter, king of the gods, and god of the sky. There are many videos of how ancient people lived, and one video depicts the eruption of the volcano. It shows the stages the volcano was at during Pompeii’s last hours. Many of the structures were burned, and many were buried. A docent stands at a counter, where you can smell some of the sauce that they used to use back then. He explained about ancient markets. Written signs explain all the artifacts shown. An audio option was available, for family and adults. By keying in the number on the casing of the artifact, people could hear the explanation of the artifact by putting the speaker to their ear. The final attraction is a gift shop. There are books, volcanic experiments for kids, necklaces, bracelets, etc. For young children, there are stuffed animals. This has gifts for all ages, a convenient plus during the holiday season. I found this exhibit interesting, creative, and fun. This will please all visitors. Hop in the time machine, and pop out in Pompeii, thousands of years ago!