Pompeii: The Exhibition at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum

Through April 21: Pompeii: The Exhibition features over 150 authentic artifacts on loan from the renowned Naples National Archaeological Museum in Italy. These are not replicas, but rather original, 2,000-year-old objects that were preserved in the ash after the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. The pieces on view include wall-sized frescos, marble and bronze sculptures, jewelry, ancient Roman coins, and full body casts of the volcano’s victims. Although this exhibition is appropriate for people of all ages -and includes great history lessons for children- a reminder that ancient Roman cities held a different view of sexuality during that period, so a few of the sculptures feature era-specific depictions of men and women without clothing. There is also one area of the exhibition with more mature content (there is a parental advisory notice outside the entrance to this gallery) and that gallery can be skipped. The exhibit features a very realistic 4-D experience that simulates a volcanic eruption–complete with flashing lights, sounds, visuals and vibrations that may frighten some youngsters. Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum. Visit website for ticket prices.

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