San Diego Natural History Museum--Your Nature ConnectionA Day in Pompeii exhibition
A Day in Pompeii - February 15 to June 15, 2008.A Day in Pompeii - February 15 to June 15, 2008.A Day in Pompeii - February 15 to June 15, 2008.

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Programs and Lectures


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A Day in Pompeii Lecture Series
All lectures are held in the Charmaine and Maurice Kaplan Theater.
Member, Senior, Student, Military $12 per lecture
Nonmembers $16 per lecture

Vesuvius: A Killer Volcano
Pat Abbott, Ph.D., San Diego State University
Monday, February 25, 2008; 6:30 PM–Sold Out.
Monday, February 25, 2008; 8 PM

Archaeology in Pompeii: Major Discoveries and New Directions
Steven Ellis, Ph.D., University of Michigan
Monday, March 31, 2008; 6:30 PM
Monday, March 31, 2008; 8 PM

Vesuvius and its Aftermath: A Tale of Two Plinys
Connie Rodriguez, Ph.D., Loyola University, New Orleans
Monday, April 28, 2008; 6:30 PM
Monday, April 28, 2008; 8 PM

Luxury and Power in the Seaside Villas of Stabiae
Thomas Noble Howe, Ph.D., Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas
Monday, May 19, 2008; 6:30 PM
This lecture sponsored by the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles


A Day in Pompeii Family Camp-in
Enjoy a night at the Museum with your family. Discover the mystery and science behind volcanoes and go on a special tour of A Day in Pompeii. Cuddle up to a baby mastodon or settle under a dinosaur, as you drift off to sleep in Fossil Mysteries. Includes an evening snack, continental breakfast, and a roaring good time!
Friday, June 13, 2008; 6 PM to Saturday, June 14; 8 AM
Member $79 per child/adult pair; $30 additional adult or child.
Nonmember $99 per child/adult pair; $40 additional adult or child.
Maximum 2 children per adult.
Register for this Family Program!

Cooking Inspired by Pompeii
With Chef Elizabeth of Elizabeth’s Kitchen
These recipes will rock your world! Chicken Vesuvius is a chicken breast coated with an explosive blend of herbs plus a little shot of hot sauce. For a side dish, enjoy vermicelli with lemony vegetables. To complete the meal, “White Russian” tiramisu is perhaps a departure from traditional Italian cuisine, but the dish overflows with fantastic flavor! Recipes and tastings offered in class.
Saturday, February 23; 10 AM–12:30 PM
Member $25; Nonmember $33

Members Only!
Volcanoes in Coastal San Diego County
With Thomas Deméré, Ph.D.
Travel by van to northern San Diego County to see ancient volcanic features at Cerro de la Calavera in Carlsbad and Morro Hill in Oceanside. Remnant volcanic plugs, volcanic flow, and pyroclastic deposits at these sites are evidence of explosive volcanic eruptions. At Cerro de la Calavera, hike into an abandoned rock quarry and stand within the solidified throat of a volcano that probably last erupted during the Oligocene Epoch, at least 28 million years ago.
Saturday, March 1; 8 AM–4 PM
$65 per person

Research Library’s Look at Pompeian Gardens
With Margaret Dykens
Among the other artifacts recovered from Pompeii, archaeologists have uncovered carbonized remains of various species of plants, several of which are described in works by Pliny the Elder and other contemporary writers as being used medicinally by the local people. Many of the plants are still used today by the local residents, and are also familiar to us in San Diego, since we share the Mediterranean climate found in this part of Italy. Come take a close look at some early herbals, view works by Pliny, and see other treasures from the Research Library’s Rare Book room. Also see local live plants that have been documented as having grown in Pompeian gardens as well as herbarium specimens from the Museum’s Botany Department.
Tuesday, March 4; 6:30–8:30 PM
Member $15; Nonmember $20

Getty Villa Experience
With Joseph Smith, Ph.D., Curator, A Day in Pompeii
The Getty Villa in Malibu is modeled after the Villa dei Papiri, a Roman county house in Herculaneum buried by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 CE. Because most of the Villa dei Papiri remains unexcavated, many of the Getty Villa’s architectural details are based on elements drawn from other ancient Roman houses in the towns of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Stabiae. Enjoy a guided tour of the Villa’s architecture and gardens and view the many galleries featuring collections of Greek, Roman, Etruscan antiquities. Also, explore the Getty Villa’s exhibition Herculaneum Women.
Saturday, May 31; 7:30 AM–6:30 PM
Member $82; Nonmember $92

Summer Camp
Volcanoes and Pompeii
Open to youth ages 6–9.
Join us for a look into a day in Pompeii. Learn about what life was like a long time ago and how volcanoes affect us today. This camp includes admission to the exhibition, A Day in Pompeii. Extended day is offered until 5 PM for an additional $10/day. To register for extended day, call 619.255.0203.
Thursday, March 20; 9 AM–4 PM 
Member $45; Nonmember $55

Mediterranean Enchantment: Pompeii and Beyond
With Joseph Andrew Smith, Ph.D., Curator, A Day In Pompeii
Join us on a classic cruise through the Mediterranean aboard Holland America Lines’ Noordam, with ports of call in Italy, Monaco, Spain, and Tunisia. Dr. Smith will lead a day tour to the ruins of Pompeii, and re-tell the tragedy of that fateful day in 79 CE. Explore Florence and Pisa, Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Naples, and Tunis and Carthage. Price includes roundtrip airfare from San Diego to Rome, 10 nights’ accommodations aboard ship with all meals, transfers to/from the ship, day tour to Pompeii with Dr. Smith, onboard activities, and private reception. Extend your journey with an optional two-night, pre-cruise stay in Rome. Visit for a complete itinerary.
Monday, August 4 to Friday, August 15
$3999–$4899 per person; Deposit $900
Pre-cruise stay in Rome: $429–$629 per person (double occupancy)
For information or to register contact
Carefree Vacations in San Diego at 858.459.4074 or 800.683.4074
CST #2019795-10
Class Code: S8-380-02

Volcano photo from A Day in Pompeii exhibition. Body cast from A Day in Pompeii exhibition. Photo of the volcano. Body cast from A Day in Pompeii exhibition. Volcano photo from A Day in Pompeii exhibition.


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