Sept. 2017 Club Event – A Visit to the OMSI Pompeii Exhibit

On September 23rd, a member of the Goat Herd visited OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry) for a tour to see artifacts from the Italian historic site of Pompeii. Pompeii is located about 30 miles from the city of Naples, near the Bay of Naples. Pompeii and its sister city Herculaneum were destroyed by the still active volcano Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A.D., along with smaller communities in that area. Mt. Vesuvius has erupted more than 50 times, but the most famous eruption caused the destruction of Pompeii and Herculaneum.

After an introduction by an OMSI staff member, dual ancient style wooden doors were opened for entry into the display area. Most of the artifacts on display were inside glass enclosures atop stylized pedestals. They included jewelry, pottery, every day items such as cooking utensils, and smaller statuary of various gods of the time. It was amazing how finely detailed the jewelry and figurines were. Larger items, such as gladiators helmets, leg guards, actual swords and similar items were also on display. There were also tile mosaics and glass blown items that looked like they were made in the modern time (glass blowing was developed in the 1st century A.D.). There were amphora, cooking utensils, pictures of life, and dioramas of what a villa atrium would look like, as well as painted walls of the inside of a home. A trip to the upper level had displays of the actual castings of some of those who lost their lives in the eruption, including a man lying down shielding himself from the ash, a mother cradling her baby, a dog that still showed part of its bronze leash, and other items. Ending the exhibit, walking into a small theatre area, they showed a 3 minute movie of what it would have looked like while ash poured into the city from the near-by eruption….all the while the wooden floor was vibrating to feel the effects of the earth’s tremors at the same time. Worth the time and effort to view this exhibit, especially if you’re interested in history.

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