Discovery Times Square

Discovery Times Square

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  • More than 250 artifacts
  • Largest collection of body casts ever presented
  • Time-lapse film simulation

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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, The Art of the Brick, Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N., and most recently, The Hunger Games: The Exhibition.

Customer Reviews

2566 Ratings

The Star Wars costume exhibit was awesome! My friend is a Star Wars fanatic, so we ended up staying two hours to read and see EVERYTHING! The exhibit also provided some extra insight all the episodes. The Viking tour was next, and it was quite fascinating as well. I recommend these tours as they are expansive and informative.
Kristina B. · September 15, 2016
Fantastic exhibits - well worth the trip into Times Square.
Robin J. · August 30, 2016
Incredible exhibit! Made me have alot more appreciation for the work that goes into costumes!
Brendan F. · August 16, 2016
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    Discovery Times Square

    226 W 44th St.

    New York, NY 10036


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