A Day in Pompeii:
The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is displaying artifacts from the city, which was preserved for centuries until its discovery in 1738. The unique circumstances of the city's demise proved a gold mine for archaeologists, as the artifacts were left untouched for almost 1,700 years. Wall frescoes, gold jewelry, marble statuary and everyday cookware are among the objects displayed.
The exhibit also incorporates multimedia, such as animated films about life in Pompeii, as well as a chilling re-enactment of the city's last 24 hours. A model of a wealthy merchant's home provides glimpses into the luxury of ancient Rome. As Pompeii was located off a trade route, the elite imported Spanish wine, Greek art and French cookware to stock their villas.
"We are thrilled to offer this once-in-a-lifetime experience to our visitors," said George Sparks, president and CEO of the museum, in a statement. "This exhibition provides a compelling view of Ancient Rome right here in modern-day Denver."
Museum Location and Hours:
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
2001 Colorado Blvd.
Denver, CO 80205
Daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Extended evening hours are also available for the exhibit beginning on Nov. 16, 2012. The exhibit runs from Sept. 14, 2012 - Jan. 13, 2013.
Tickets are on sale now for A Day in Pompeii. Advance ticket purchase is highly recommended.
Adult admission: $24
Senior admission: $17
Student/junior admission: $15
Museum members receive discounts on all ticket prices. Evening tickets are also discounted by $6 for adults, $4 for seniors and $2 for seniors.
Programs and Events:
- Bacchus Raucos: Bacchus, the Roman god of drink and debauchery, would be pleased by the celebration in his honor. Wear a toga or other Roman-themed costume for the 21-and-up event on Fri. Sept. 28, from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Admission is $43 for non-members and $38 for members.
- Volcanoes on the Verge: Volcanologist Ken Sims will share a travelogue of the world's volcanoes. The lecture will be held on Tues. Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. in the Ricketson Auditorium. Admission is $10 for non-members and $8 for members.
- A Pompeii of the Americas: Archaeologist Payson Sheets from the University of Colorado at Boulder will discuss his work at Ceren, a Mayan village in Latin America preserved in volcanic ash for 1,400 years. The lecture is slated for Thurs. Dec. 6 at at 7 p.m. in the Phipps IMAX Theater. Admission is $10 for non-members and $8 for members.