Tuesday, May 26, 2015

22/52: Pacific Science Center - Pompeii: The Exhibition

In the year 79, Pompeii vanished beneath thick payers of volcanic ash left by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.  Last Saturday, Brian and I explored Pompeii: The Exhibition at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle.

The travelling exhibition which has been in Seattle since the beginning of February, tells the tale of the city of Pompeii, hidden from view and forgotten for centuries until its rediscovery over 250 years ago.

Inside the exhibition, we saw garden frescos and marble statues, helmets and shin guards of the day's Gladiators, coins and currency and religious alters and shrines...not to mention the 6 full body casts of twisted human forms, asphyxiated by extreme heat and noxious gases (this was really the only part of the entire exhibition that I wanted to see). 

The entire exhibition was truly stunning (and the body casts were a bit...gross).

Admission was not cheap!  $32 each for the weekend (add $6 for audio tour, which we both really enjoyed).  Tickets were timed and dated to facilitate entrance.  This way, guests do not have to wait on a first come first serve basis, plus it allows the museum to not over-crowd itself.  We proceeded at our own pace and it took us about 90 minutes to see everything.

After the exhibition, we headed across the street to Sport Restaurant and Bar at KOMO Plaza.

Not only is Sport a great place to watch a game and grab a beer and a burger, but the restaurant is a Seattle Sports Museum chronically a 100 year historical prospectus of Seattle's sports champions from the early 1900's to present day.  Amateur, Professional, Collegiate and Olympic memories are included. It also includes the 500 Club...with players in Major League Baseball that have hit over 500 home runs in their careers. Sport has signed balls and pictures, including Babe Ruth, Willie Mays and Mel Ott.

It was a great day to explore not only the history of Pompeii but also the Sports history of Seattle.