Pompeii is erupting at The California Science Center! On a recent visit there I got “schooled” on the finer points of Pompeii, Mount Vesuvius, and why such a catastrophic event was not a more feared risk.
On the day I visited there were a lot (I mean a LOT) of school kids visiting as well. Although it is good to see the kids getting a hands-on education, it also reminded me that I am glad middle school is behind me (their raging hormones were almost palpable).
As I wandered with my group through the displays, Pompeii was unveiled — a snapshot of time from the first century (about 79 AD) revealing a glimpse into the powerful early Roman empire. Pompeii, I learned, was a buzzing destination spot for vacationers with all sorts of relaxation and pampering options available…exceeding into gluttony for those with the money and the inclination (sound familiar?). This exhibit reflects how people’s desires are the same no matter the time. They wore beautiful jewelry, ate from lovely crystal bowls and enjoyed a sophisticated lifestyle (in terms of early technology anyway).
I have been fascinated with this ancient time capsule ever since I learned of it. Pompeii is one of the few cities that remained undisturbed for centuries after its destruction so we get a true glimpse of life back in our world’s early days. Did you know that Pompeii was completely destroyed in 30 minutes by a gigantic surge of ash? Yikes! These are just a few of the things you learn and experience throughout this exhibit.
California Science Center: 700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90037; website: www.californiasciencecenter.org