Pompeii comes to Salt Lake City

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The worldwide touring exhibit of Pompeii is making its last stop in Utah before it returns to its home in Italy.

“It’s different from most museum experiences. It’s very immersive. Through the use of technology, you can get some video with recreated scenes, so you really get the sense of what it was like,” said Havilah Clarke from the Leonardo Museum.

A variety of rooms showcase artifacts that portray the lifestyle of Pompeii, ranging from a view of city to functions to an individual home.

“My favorite part so far is the 4D theater. That one gave me chills from the moment it started to the moment it ended. That is just an experience like no other, and you have to come to the museum to do it. I can’t even explain it, you just have to do it yourself,” shared Aubrey McCauley.

Well-preserved tools and artifacts with detailed video provide all of the current information from the active archaeological site in Pompeii.

“This is something that people may never get to see in their lives. Not everyone can afford to go to Pompeii; not everyone has the time to go to Pompeii, and so what is interesting is that you have more than 150 artifacts that are from Pompeii that are on loan from an architectural institute in Naples,” explained Havilah Clarke.

This coming year, BYU professors will be taking part in creating a lecture series to give more information about the culture and history of Pompeii.

The Pompeii exhibition will be in Salt Lake City until May 3, 2020.

Check online at https://theleonardo.org/ for prices for tickets. Members of the Leonardo Museum get 50 percent off tickets, and students with a college ID get 10 percent off membership. 

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