The Pompeii Exhibit at Discovery Times Square opened March 4th. For anyone who is at all interested in the events that took place before and after Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 A.D. in Pompeii Italy, this exhibit is a treat. It is the very first time any such pieces have traveled and been put on display. Upon arriving you watch a brief film describing the town and what you are about to see. From there you walk through to see the relics of a life that could have been from any ancient time or place. Upon completion of this portion of the exhibit there is yet another short film and then the doors fling open to show you the body casts. The entire mood, settings, temperature, music, and layout provides the perfect combination of eerie and interesting for what you are looking at. The body casts were molded in the exact shapes of the organic materials left behind. That is, you see the way a dog was laying or expression on a parents face before they were befallen with volcanic ash and killed. The experience makes you think about what this town went through and how long it lay hidden before being rediscovered. The exhibit concludes with life in Pompeii post 79 A.D. Mount Vesuvius is still an active volcano and despite the government offering folks money to move away, they go on because Pompeii is there home and their way of life. This is a must see exhibit as looking to the past teaches us what is so precious about our daily lives.
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