To show the power of advertisement, as we were driving around yesterday we saw all these signs for the special exhibit on Pompeii at the California Science Center. Leslie has always wanted to see Pompeii and she convinced Don that going to this exhibit would be cheaper than taking her to Italy. As an added bonus we got to see the space shuttle Endeavour. Back to Pompeii. it was an ancient Roman town-city that was mostly destroyed and buried under 13 to 20 ft of ash and pumice in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. The objects that lay beneath the city have been well preserved for centuries because of the lack of air and moisture. These artifacts provide an extraordinarily detailed insight into the life of an ancient Roman city. During the excavation, plaster was used to fill in the voids between the ash layers that once held human bodies. This allowed one to see the exact position the person was in when he or she died (ok this part is a bit morbid). It was a very interesting exhibit – ancient roman life fascinates Leslie.
The California Science Center is an amazing hands-on museum and admission is free. As you can see from the pictures they have a lot of exhibits on space travel. They also have a lot of exhibits that would be in an aquarium. It blew our mind that all this was available to visit for free (you do have to pay for the special exhibits).
Most of the pictures are self-explanatory. The one with Leslie pointing to the space shuttle tires – she is pointing to the word Michelin. The next picture is of the toilet that was on the space shuttle – notice the straps that go on the feet to hold you down.