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Spend “A Day in Pompeii” at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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At some point during an elementary school history class, we probably learned about the sad fate of Pompeii, the Roman town that was buried—and preserved—by the massive eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. But what we may have missed in those history lessons is information about the lives of the people before the natural disaster. That’s where the Denver Museum of Nature & Science’s newest exhibit, A Day in Pompeii (running through January 13, 2013), comes in.

The traveling exhibit takes you through multiple facets of everyday life in the Roman port city: outdoor life, home life, trade and commerce, religious practices and beliefs, and the final hours. Most of what’s on display are actual artifacts unearthed in Pompeii and the surrounding areas. Some of the highlights:

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Looking ahead: In the spirit of everyone’s favorite party god, Bacchus (Greek: Dionysus), the DMNS is hosting a Bacchus Raucous toga party on Friday, September 28 at the museum. From 7:30 to 11 p.m., toga-wearers who are 21 and older will enjoy Italian-themed hors d’oeuvres, live entertainment, one drink at the bar, and admission to the exhibit. Tickets are $38 for members and $43 for nonmembers, and can be purchased here.

Images courtesy of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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