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Exhibition: Blast from the past

FRIDAY, JULY 11

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Having already viewed the exhibition A Day In Pompeii while it was on display at the Science Museum of Minnesota, I am rather thrilled about its stop at Discovery Place. I have only three words for you: Go see it. This exhibition tells the story of the ancient Roman city Pompeii before the catastrophic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius left it buried and forgotten. It displays authentic artifacts, religious relics, cooking items, furniture, frescoes, jewelry and more, all adding up to more than 250 well-preserved items. Other highlights include plaster casts of preserved men and women (and a little dog too), who were unable to escape the devastating day in Pompeii. After seeing the exhibit make time to see Greece: Secrets of the Past, as well. This film will be shown in the IMAX and really makes you feel like you've crossed the ocean to Greece. July 11-January 4. A Day In Pompeii. $17-$20. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (last ticket sold at 3:30 p.m.); Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (last ticket sold at 4:30 p.m.); Sunday, 12 p.m.-6 p.m. (last ticket sold at 4:30 p.m.). Greece: Secrets of the Past. $5-$8. Discovery Place, 301 North Tryon St. 704-372-6261. www.discoveryplace.org.

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