If you can’t make it to Pompeii, Italy, the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, www2.FI.edu, recently unveiled “One Day in Pompeii” in the Mandell Center. The exhibit, which features over 150 artifacts on loan from the Naples National Archaeological Museum, runs through April 27, 2014.
With full body casts of the volcano’s victims, marble and bronze sculptures, wall-sized frescos and ancient Roman coins – all set in their original surroundings – it is as close to Pompeii as you can get without actually going to this time-capsule town. And the interpretation is superb.
The exhibit includes gladiator helmets, armor and weapons; jugs, lamps, pots and pans and assorted household items; jewelry and other personal mementos; medical instruments and tools – even a ship’s anchor.
An introductory theatre sets the scene with a video of dramatic reconstruction describing Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius. Through the combined use of projections, audio, video, photographic murals and graphic reproductions of frescoes and mosaics, visitors are able to experience the market, temple, theatre, baths and other locations that existed in the city. A simulated eruption counts down the final moments of Pompeii as the eruption of Mount Vesuvius runs its course.
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