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Eruption of Vesuvius
Virtual Audio Tour
Exhibition closed June 15, 2008
Come experience the legend and human drama of Pompeii. Buried in 79 CE by a catastrophic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, Pompeii remained hidden and forgotten until 1748 when archeologists began to excavate the site. What they discovered were exquisitely preserved objects that offer a glimpse into the day-to-day life of this ancient city.
This compelling exhibition, full of discovery and human drama, features more than 250 authentic artifacts. Most poignant and dramatic are the body casts of the volcano's victims, frozen in their last moments. Beautiful frescoes, jewelry, statues, and household items take you back in time to experience life and death in ancient Rome's favorite vacation resort.
The San Diego Natural History Museum is one of only four museums that will host this exclusive exhibition.
A Day in Pompeii is a collaboration of the Soprintendenza Archeologica di Pompei and the host American institutions: the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center, the Science Museum of Minnesota, the San Diego Natural History Museum, and Discovery Place.
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