The Italian city of Pompeii vanished in 79, buried in thick layers of volcanic ash from the eruption of Italy’s Mount Vesuvius. Although nature destroyed it, she also preserved it. POMPEII: The Exhibition, at Seattle’s Pacific Science Center for a four-month run through May 25 and tells the dramatic tale of Pompeii. The city was buried under 13-20 feet of ash and pumice — forgotten for centuries until rediscovered more than 250 years ago.
POMPEII: The Exhibition, which also showed in Philadelphia and Los Angeles, examines the lives of the people of Pompeii both before and after the massive eruption. A walk through the exhibition is a walk back in time, the highlights include:
- An introductory theater sets the scene with a video that includes dramatic reconstructions describing Pompeii and the nearby volcano.
- Reproduced atrium from a Roman villa from the year 79
- Photographic murals and graphic reproductions, along with audio and video, recreate different locations in the city including a market, temple, theater and baths
- More than 150 artifacts include mosaics and frescoes, gladiator helmets, armor, weapons, ship’s anchor, lamps, jugs, household objects and furniture, tools, jewelry and medical equipment
- A simulated eruption through an immersive CGI experience (computer-generated imagery) where the floors shake and walls rumble, culminating in the reveal of six full body casts of twisted human forms frozen in time — all asphyxiated by extreme heat and noxious gases
At the end of the exhibition is local content about geology, volcanoes and preparedness here in the Pacific Northwest. As home to a number of “very high threat volcanoes,” it poses the question: Could Pompeii happen here?
OFFICIAL POMPEII HOTEL PACKAGES
The Official Pompeii Hotel Packages are the only way to secure exclusive VIP un-timed, undated tickets that allow visitors to skip to the front of the line and see the exhibit on their own schedule. The 11 hotels include:
- Best Western Plus
- Executive Hotel Pacific
- The Fairmont Olympic Hotel
- Holiday Inn
- Hotel Andra
- Inn at the Market
- Inn at the WAC
- Mayflower Park Hotel
- The Paramount Hotel
- Renaissance Seattle Hotel
- Warwick Seattle Hotel
The name Pompeii probably originated from the ancient Italian word pompe which means five. Scholars have studied the archaeological record and concluded that the city was likely an association of five smaller towns or hamlets, which would support the theory that Pompeii’s name came from the word for five. At the time of its destruction, scholars believe there were about 20,000 people living in Pompeii. – Arts & Exhibitions International