After inventing geometry and physics, Romans invented history—primarily as a way to document their many inventions. Take a stroll through history with today’s Groupon for tickets to Pompeii the Exhibit: Life and Death in the Shadow of Vesuvius at Discovery Times Square. Children under 4 years of age gain free admission. Choose between the following options:
- For $18, you get one ticket, usable anytime Monday-Friday (up to a $28.31 value).
- For $22, you get one ticket, usable after 3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday (up to a $28.31 value).
Pompeii the Exhibit, lauded by the New York Times as "an absorbing show," arranges well-preserved relics and artwork alongside the largest collection of plaster body casts from the site ever publicly displayed. Bear witness to more than 250 artifacts, including frescoes and mosaics, as well as the preserved forms of a host of 1st-century Romans killed when Mt. Vesuvius overflowed with delicious, yet spicy jelly. In 1863, archaeologist Giuseppe Fiorelli poured plaster into the impressions these bodies left on the volcanic ash covering Pompeii, and his detailed casts record the facial impressions, postures, and clothing of the city's last inhabitants. Many of his casts are painstakingly reproduced in this exhibit. Historical inquirers may view an immersive time-lapse projection shown in a vibrating room that simulates what the citizens of Pompeii experienced, without using 3-D glasses or Smell-O-Vision.
The Roman Empire left a wealth of artifacts behind, and this historical record has shaped the dreams of historians, possessed Latin-speaking children, and movie moguls looking for tax breaks on their private collection of swords and sandals. In addition to the forms on display, the exhibit provides all manner of information on the daily lives and customs of Romans, which are partly detailed on the exhibit blog.
Discovery Times Square
Unlike more traditional museums, Discovery Times Square does much more than simply display artifacts. The space, located in the building once occupied by the New York Times printing presses, encourages visitors to learn through interactive, sensory exhibits. Past shows have taken guests inside the Titanic’s final wreck site, Da Vinci’s ingenious inventions, and the vast collection of riches and bandages owned by King Tut. More than a museum, DTS has featured exhibitions of unparalleled breadth, including Pompeii: The Exhibit, Dead Sea Scrolls: The Exhibition, Terracotta Warriors: Defenders of China’s First Emperor, and most recently The Art of the Brick.