July 31st, 2014 – Los Angeles (Day 2) – CA

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.

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3 thoughts on “July 31st, 2014 – Los Angeles (Day 2) – CA

  1. arlene wong

    The fifth picture down is an excellent replica of the actual ruin at Pompeii which we just saw two months ago. Love reading about your adventures!

  2. Judy

    Interesting. Amazing at the places you can tour that are free. We didn’t know about this one. Have you seen the La Brea Tar Pits?

    • Judy,   We were going to go to the tar pits, but we ran out of time.  We will go the next time.  That is the good thing about living in the west, we can get there easily.   Leslie 


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