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Pompeii Exhibition at Saint Louis Science Center
A 12,000-square-foot traveling exhibition that highlights the history of the Roman city of Pompeii and the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D., which left the city destroyed - yet perfectly preserved - opens at the Saint Louis Science Center, May 17. Image courtesy Saint Louis Science Center
POMPEII: THE EXHIBITION to Open at Saint Louis Science Center in Forest Park
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, May 12, 2019 - On May 17, the Saint Louis Science Center will open POMPEII: THE EXHIBITION, a traveling exhibition that highlights the history of the Roman city of Pompeii and the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D., which left the city destroyed - yet perfectly preserved - under 15 feet of ash and volcanic debris. Guests will experience both the splendor of ancient Rome when Pompeii bustled as a commercial post and strategic military and trading city, as well as the horror and aftermath of the powerful eruption.

The 12,000-square-foot exhibition features more than 150 authentic artifacts on loan from the renowned Naples National Archaeological Museum in Italy. The original objects preserved in the as include all-sized frescoes, marble and bronze sculptures, jewelry, ancient Roman coins, and armor. In addition to the ancient Roman objects, there are more than a dozen full body casts of the volcano's victims.

"POMPEII: THE EXHIBITION is truly an immersive experience for visitors, from the amazing historic artifacts discovered in the ruins of the city to the 4-D Eruption Theater, which offers a glimpse of the sights and sounds of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius," said Jackie Mollet, managing director of visitor services for the Saint Louis Science Center. "The exhibition is very unique in that it creates an unparalleled opportunity for visitors to feel a human connection to both the ancient city and the devastating event that both destroyed and preserved it."

The artifacts, set in scenic depictions of their original surroundings, tell the tale of the lively city of Pompeii, hidden from view and forgotten for centuries until its rediscovery over 250 years ago. The catastrophic power of volcanoes is also illustrated through an immersive 4-D CGI experience of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. The impact and devastation are evidenced by full body casts (plaster casts made from the hollows left in the ash that hardened around the victims, preserved in their final moments).

To complement POMPEII: THE EXHIBITION, the Science Center will also open a new OMNIMAX® Theater film on May 17: VOLCANOES: THE FIRES OF CREATION. The film follows intrepid explorer Carsten Peter as he dodges boulders at the edge of an active volcano in Indonesia, descends to a boiling lava lake in the South Pacific Ocean nation Vanuatu and visits incredible acid ponds, geysers and mineral deposit fields in Ethiopia. Viewers will see the archaeological ghost town of Pompeii, hydrothermal vents at the bottom of the ocean and the devastating effects of the 2018 Kilauea eruption in Hawaii. The film is an SK Films Release of a Digital Crossing Films production, in association with the Giant Dome Theater Consortium.

Tickets for POMPEII: THE EXHIBITION and VOLCANOES: THE FIRES OF CREATION are on sale now at, 314-289-4424 or by visiting a Science Center box office. A special combination price is available.

Saint Louis Science Center - Boeing Hall
Boeing Hall, a new 13,000-square-foot exhibition addition to the Saint Louis Science Center, provides a needed venue to better accommodate traveling exhibitions, and provide space to house unique educational activities on a distinctive, green rooftop terrace.

Saint Louis Science Center
James S. McDonnell Planetarium in Forest Park connects to the Saint Louis Science Center, located at 5050 Oakland Ave, via a walkway over I-64.
The St. Louis Science Center is located just south of Forest Park. The facility is connected to the James S. McDonnell Planetarium in Forest Park via a walkway across Highway 64. Visitors can enjoy numerous interactive exhibits and educational programs in a space station environment.

Visitors will experience the simulation of a space launch as they are transported via the 'StarShuttle' (elevator) to the facility's two upper levels, collectively called the Boeing Space Station. In the SkyBay, over 9,000 twinkling stars and glowing planets can be seen slowly moving across the new 80 sq. ft. dome.

Monday - Thursday & Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m
Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
(Planetarium closes at 4:30 p.m. on Friday)
Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

There is no admission fee to the Science Center. However, there is a nominal charge for shows in the OMNIMAX® Theater, the Planetarium and some traveling exhibitions in the Exploradome. For more information, call 314-289-4400 or 1-800-456-7572.
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