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POMPEII: The exhibit at the Carnegie Science Center

On Saturday, October 2nd, the Carnegie Science Center opens its newest exhibit, and it’s a big one.

POMPEII: The Exhibition is an interactive experience that guides the audience through the daily lives of the people who lived in Pompeii at the height of the Roman Empire before the tragic eruption of Mount Vesuvius, which buried the city.

“I am honored to host such a prestigious exhibition for Pittsburgh and to share with the city the nearly 200 artifacts that have survived 2,000 years in pristine condition,” said Jason Brown, director of the Science Center.

The artifacts in the exhibition have been loaned to the museum by the National Archaeological Museum of Naples, Italy.

The exhibit, which takes place in the PPG Science Pavilion, allows guests to walk through the artifacts and learn more about their uses. Stunning scenes and statues are scattered throughout the exhibition, with the statue of the Greek goddess Aphrodite welcoming visitors at the start of the tour. A market, temple, theater and baths are part of the experience.

“From anchors to gladiator helmets to pots and pans, visitors to POMPEII: The Exhibition get a glimpse into the life of the people in this ancient city,” says Brown. “The temples, cobbled streets and 4D eruption theater go even further and provide an experience that immerses visitors in the rich history of daily life and the ultimate demise of this iconic place.”

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POMPEII: The exhibition at the Carnegie Science Center - PHOTO: CARNEGIE SCIENCE CENTER

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POMPEII: The exhibit at the Carnegie Science Center

Ceramics, statues, jewelry, paintings and a wide range of artifacts are presented in the exhibition. Information about the community is projected on the walls, including how they decorated their homes, what an old household looked like, what kind of food they cooked, and more.

The 4D eruption theater is one of the most intense parts of the exhibition. Once the video of the outbreak ends, the screen will raise to reveal the next part of the exhibit – the ash-covered corpses, one of the largest collections of body casts ever presented.

At the end of the exhibition there is an additional adult portion at the top of the exit – a brothel. There are signs in front of and on the way up to warn parents who may show up with children, as explicit pictures and artifacts are on display.

“The Science Center’s excellent reputation with the global exhibition community makes Pittsburgh an easy choice when it comes to an international tour of this importance,” Brown said in a press release.

POMPEII: The exhibition. Carnegie Science Center, One Allegheny Ave., north side. $ 11.50-19.95 for the exhibition; $ 11.50-32.45 for the exhibition plus general museum admission.

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