One Day In Pompeii Exhibit At The Franklin Institute In Philadelphia
One Day in Pompeii at The Franklin Institute features over 150 precious artifacts on loan from the unparalleled collection of the Naples National Archaeological Museum in Italy, including twelve key artifacts which are making their North American debut in Philadelphia.
One Day in Pompeii
The exhibition, which gives an extraordinary look at the city of Pompeii's archeological treasures that rarely leave Italy, will be on view in the Mandell Center of The Franklin Institute from November 9, 2013 through April 27, 2014. PECO, who has sponsored some of the Institute's most extraordinary exhibits such as: King Tut and Dead Sea Scrolls, and is currently the sponsor of the core exhibit Electricity, is the Presenting Sponsor of One Day in Pompeii.
- Introductory theater where the scene is set in a video with dramatic reconstructions that describe Pompeii and the nearby volcano.
- Visitors are then transported back in time to 79 A.D. and find themselves in a reproduced atrium from a Roman villa, where they will embark on a journey through the ancient city.
- Through the use of projections, audio, video, photographic murals, and graphic reproductions of frescoes and mosaics, visitors will experience different locations that existed in the city, including a market, a temple, theater, and baths.
- Over 150 authentic artifacts will help bring the story of Pompeii to life. These remarkable objects include: mosaics and frescoes, gladiator helmets, armor, and weapons, a ship's anchor, lamps, jugs, cups, plates, pots and pans and other household objects and furniture, jewelry, medical instruments, and tools
- A simulated eruption will allow visitors to experience the deathly impact Mount Vesuvius had on this ancient city, culminating in the reveal of full body casts of twisted human forms, forever frozen in time.
One Day in Pompeii tells the remarkable tale of this city, hidden from view and forgotten for centuries until its rediscovery over 250 years ago. The sudden disaster that destroyed it also preserved it and over time archaeologists have uncovered a unique record of its daily life -- roads, buildings, municipal services, paintings, mosaics, artifacts, and even preserved bodies. Ongoing excavations at the site provide an ever-evolving picture of everyday life at the height of the Roman Empire.
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The exhibit has been created by Premier Exhibitions, Inc. which has also produced other traveling exhibits.
After Philadelphia, the exhibit will move to the California Science Center in Los Angeles and the Pacific Science Center in Seattle.
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November 12, 2013