When Mount Vesuvius exploded above Pompeii, Italy, in late August A.D. 79, it sent a fury of boiling mud and gases down its slopes at nearly 100 miles per hour, burying the city in ten feet of ash. Much of Pompeii from household objects to humans (down to their tortured and unsettling facial expressions) was preserved perfectly.
Almost 2,000 years later, crews are still excavating artifacts from the city and the surrounding areas ruins. Nearly 500 items will be on display in Pompeii: Tales from an Eruption, which explores the culture and daily life of the doomed city. Objects on display include a statue of Apollo, mosaic tiles, gladiator armor, jewelry, sculptures, household objects and plaster casts of citizens in their final moments. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today. Through June 22. Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet. For information and a full schedule, call 713-639-7300 or visit www.mfah.org. $7 to $17.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: March 2. Continues through June 22, 2008