Science Museum of Virginia 2019 Touring Exhibitions Highlight Curious George and Pompeii
The Science Museum of Virginia is hosting two touring exhibitions in 2019: “Curious George™: Let’s Get Curious” and “Pompeii: The Immortal City.”
“While seemingly unrelated, both of our 2019 touring exhibitions are unexpected celebrations of STEM,” said Richard Conti, chief wonder officer. “From the importance of curiosity in the scientific process to the impressive STEM innovations of an ancient Roman city, both exhibitions will remind guests that science is all around us, sometimes in surprising ways.”
“In addition, both of these exhibitions are firsts,” Conti added. “With ‘Curious George: Let’s Get Curious,’ it will be the first time the Museum is hosting an exhibition specifically focused on early learners, a segment of guests in which we have seen steady growth. This will be the first time ‘Pompeii: The Immortal City’ has been displayed on North American soil.”
“Curious George™: Let’s Get Curious”
Jan. 19 through Sept. 15, 2019
Featuring the little monkey who has captured the imagination and hearts of millions of children and adults for 65 years, this touring exhibition lets curiosity run wild! Through familiar scenes from Curious George books and the PBS KIDS® television series, younger children can explore science, engineering and math concepts by building a whirligig at George’s farm, counting bananas at the produce stand and much more.
Curiosity is one of the most important foundations of all scientific investigation and discovery, and central to the Museum’s mission. Interactive activities throughout the exhibition invite families to learn together just like George—through direct experience and problem solving—to reinforce the necessity of exploration and interaction in early learning.
Developed by the Minnesota Children’s Museum in partnership with Universal Studios Consumer Products Group and in consultation with an expert advisory panel to the PBS KIDS series, “Curious George: Let’s Get Curious” adds to the Museum’s many offerings for young learners.
“Pompeii: The Immortal City”
June 8 through Sept. 3, 2019
This exhibition was developed and designed by Tempora in collaboration with Civita Mostre and Exhibits Development Group and curated by the Galileo Museum of Florence and the National Archaeological Museum of Naples. Making its North American debut in Richmond, the exhibition plunges guests into the heart of the drama and the ruins of the ancient city, but does so through the lens of leading science tools and findings.
While the volcanic eruption that destroyed Pompeii in 79 A.D. was catastrophic, it also petrified the environment in a way that allows guests to explore what life was like nearly 2,000 years ago. The exhibition begins by introducing guests to architects, doctors, surveyors, craftsmen and more in a bustling, vibrant Roman city full of life. An immersive projection simulates the eruption of Vesuvius and its destruction in a unique and captivating way.
Guests then continue on to explore more than 100 items originating from Pompeii found during archaeological excavations, including a large number on display for the first time. Guests are encouraged to view the artifacts with a curious eye and contemplate techniques involved in water distribution, glass production, dormice breeding and more. Through these objects, guests will understand and appreciate the knowledge Romans had about nature, as well as their scientific and technical advancements.
First displayed in Brussels, Belgium in November 2017, few have had the chance to experience how this exhibition combines art, history and science to provide unprecedented insight into centuries-old innovation through this well-known natural disaster.
“Pompeii: The Immortal City” is presented locally by Altria and sponsored locally by WestRock.
The Museum will offer programming and events related to the two exhibition themes while they are on display.
“Curious George: Let’s Get Curious” is free with Museum admission, which is $15 for adults, $13.50 for youth and seniors and $10 for preschoolers between the ages of 3 and 5. Museum members and children two and under are admitted free. Admission to “Pompeii: The Immortal City” will have an additional charge. The Museum offers discounts for military, teachers and EBT cardholders.
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