Arizona Science Center’s Pompeii exhibit closes Memorial Day
May 24, 2018
If you’re staying in town for the long weekend, check out “Pompeii: The Exhibit” at the Arizona Science Center, as it is set to close on Memorial Day.
The exhibit consists of four parts, from what life would have been like for a Pompeii citizen to a 4D eruption theater that provides a timeline of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. The exhibit includes artifacts dating back to the first century and surprisingly well-preserved body casts.
“When Mount Vesuvius erupted, it just caked the entire city in ash, pumice and other debris,” says David Gamez, member of the Arizona Science Center’s Blue Crew. “It deposited about 12 feet of all of this debris. Essentially it just buried it. It was left there and preserved in such good condition that [archaeologists] were able to excavate these amazing artifacts.”
Within 24 hours of the eruption, all life in Pompeii became nonexistent. However, the deep layer of ash was able to preserve many things, from dining utensils to marble statues to human remains.
The Pompeii exhibit is self-guided, but audio guides are available for purchase for $5. Over the weekend, the exhibit will also be open in the evenings as part of a “Pompeii After Hours” event. For more information visit azscience.org.