Pompeii: The Exhibition at Reagan Library in Simi Valley Opens on October 6, 2018

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Around mid-morning on August 24, 79 A.D., Mount Vesuvius erupted. Molten rock and pumice were expelled from the volcano at a rate of 1.5 million tons per second. Rocks and volcanic ash filled the atmosphere, turning day into night. Within 24 hours, the Roman city of Pompeii lay destroyed – and perfectly preserved – under 15 feet of ash and volcanic debris. Now come experience both the splendor of Ancient Rome when Pompeii bustled as a commercial port and strategic military and trading city and the horror and aftermath of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum’s all new exhibition,Pompeii

“This extraordinary exhibition takes you back in time to vividly experience what it was like to live in Pompeii over 2,000 years ago,” said John Heubusch, executive director of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute. “Through the use of authentic artifacts, visitors to the Reagan Library will encounter life in the bustling city of Pompeii before time stopped, and then, through the use of a 4-D Eruption Theater, will feel the gravity of thousands of deaths, frozen in time.”

Opening on October 6, 2018, Pompeii features over 150 authentic artifacts on loan from the renowned Naples National Archaeological Museum in Italy. These are not replicas, but rather original, 2,000-year-old objects that were preserved in the ash. These artifacts include wall-sized frescos, marble and bronze sculptures, jewelry, ancient Roman coins, and full body casts of the volcano’s victims. The exhibit will run through April 21, 2019.

These artifacts, set in scenic depictions of their original surroundings, tell the tale of the bustling city of Pompeii, hidden from view and forgotten for centuries until its rediscovery over 250 years ago. The catastrophic power of volcanoes is also illustrated through an immersive 4-D CGI experience of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. The impact and devastation are evidenced by full body casts (plaster casts made from the hollows left in the ash that hardened around the now disintegrated bodies of the victims, found upon excavation), eerily preserved in their final moments.

Highlights of the exhibition include:

  • Introductory theater where the scene is set in a video with dramatic reconstructions that describes Pompeii and the nearby Highlights of the exhibition include: volcano.

  • Visitors are then transported back in time to 79 A.D. and find themselves in a reproduced atrium from a Roman villa, where they will embark on a journey through the ancient city.

  • Through the use of projections, audio, video, photographic murals, and graphic reproductions of frescoes and mosaics, visitors will experience different locations that existed in the city, including a market, a temple, theater, and baths.

  • Over 150 authentic artifacts will help bring the story of Pompeii to life. These remarkable objects include: mosaics and frescoes, gladiator helmets, armor, and weapons, a ship’s anchor, lamps, jugs, cups, plates, pots and pans and other household objects and furniture, jewelry, medical instruments, and tools.

  • A 4D Eruption Theater will allow visitors to experience the impact Mount Vesuvius had on this ancient city.

  • The culminating experience of the exhibit is a room with body casts of human forms forever frozen in time. 

This not-to-be-missed exhibition is thrilling for adults and appropriate for the whole family. For more information and to pre-purchase tickets, visit www.reaganlibrary.com/pompeii.

The Reagan Library is located at 40 Presidential Drive in Simi Valley, California. Public hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The Museum is only closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day. For Museum Admission fees, visit www.reaganlibrary.com. As large crowds are expected to view the exhibition, pre-purchased timed-entry tickets are recommended by visiting www.reaganlibrary.com/tickets.

For more information, call (800) 410.8354 or visit www.reaganlibrary.com/pompeii.

Good Earth:  Tilling the Soil Exhibit at Santa Paula Agriculture Museum through November 25th

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Good Earth: Tilling the Soil exhibit at the Museum of Ventura County's Agriculture Museum in Santa Paula shows soil preparation techniques from the late 1800’s to the mid-1900’s. The exhibit displays tilling equipment hand-picked from the Museum of Ventura County’s farm implements collection, on display in the Ag Museum’s beautiful native gardens. 

Since ancient history, man has manipulated the land to improve growing conditions and increase crop productivity. The earliest techniques of plowing are thought to have started with handheld digging sticks and over thousands of years evolved into the modern-day high-tech machines and implements seen in our local fields today. Good Earth: Tilling the Soil explores the museum’s impressive collection of antique local plows, cultipackers, harrows, subsoilers and cultivators. Visitors will discover the local history of farm implement manufacturers with factories in Oxnard that were instrumental in the development of the exhibit items on display.  

Good Earth: Tilling the Soil will be on display through November 25. The museum, located at 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula, is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. For more information, visit www.venturamuseum.org or call (805) 653-0323 ext. 308.

Genghis Khan: The Exhibition at Reagan Library February 16 to August 19, 2018

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What do pants, the pony express, cannons, paper money, skis, violins, bakhlava and “hooray!” have in common? Answer: Genghis Khan introduced them all to the West.

Not Genghis the brutal barbarian of Western history books, but Genghis the great civilizer and lawmaker, whose empire brought each of these innovations to the west, including 13th Century Mongolian-style democracy.

Now the most comprehensive exhibition of Genghis Khan and his treasures invades the Reagan Library, its only Southern California stop on an international tour that has drawn more than a million visitors. Genghis Khan: The Exhibition will be on display at the Reagan Library from February 16 to August 19, 2018.

Daily Live Cultural Performances Within The Exhibit at 11am, 1pm and 3pm!

As the exhibit strikingly portrays, Genghis’s reputation as the greatest conqueror is well-deserved – he dominated three times more land in his lifetime than either Julius Caesar or Alexander the Great, a conquest attested to by the formidable array of swords, bows, arrows, saddles and armor included on display in Genghis Khan. In fact, the historic exhibition showcases hundreds of artifacts from Genghis’s 13th century Empire, the largest such collection ever to tour.

However, this special exhibition presents a more complete image of the legendary leader whom Time Magazine and CNN named “The Man of the Millennium.” As visitors discover, Genghis not only created the nation of Mongolia and its written language, but his lineage established the modern borders of nations from India to Iran, Korea to China as well as opened the trade routes that united East and West, forever after.

Visitors will experience the exhibition through the eyes of a Mongolian resident, receiving a civilian identity card at the beginning of their journey. From warrior to spy to princess, follow this character’s life throughout the rise of the great Mongol Empire.

The exhibition features loans by private collectors from Mongolia, Azerbaijian and the United States. More info at ReaganLibrary.com/Khan.

"Inventing Ojai: Celebrating the Libbey Centennial" at Ojai Valley Museum Jan 7 to Apr 9 2017

Check out the Ojai Valley Museum's new exhibit "Inventing Ojai: Celebrating the Libbey Centennial 1917-2017" from January 7 - April 9, 2017. 

Free opening reception on Saturday, January 7, 2017 from 5-7 pm with a no host wine bar.
 
Nordhoff became Ojai and many of the city's iconic buildings were built in 1917. Learn more about Edward Libbey, the City Beautiful movement and how it transformed Ojai in this centennial celebration exhibit.

www.ojaivalleymuseum.org/events.html

90th Anniversary of Jungleland Art Exhibit at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza through 1/25/17

Thousand Oaks history buffs, longtime community members, and Southern California residents are invited to enjoy Thousand Oaks' newest art exhibition, "Jungleland & Artistic Visions," currently on display at the Fred Kavli Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks.

In recognition of the 90th Anniversary of Jungleland ­­– the famous wild animal park and entertainment attraction from the 50s and 60s located on Ventura Boulevard in Thousand Oaks (known later as Thousand Oaks Boulevard) – the art show features a variety of artistic expressions, from Jungleland memorabilia and historic photos courtesy of Stagecoach Inn Museums' Bruce Hamilton as well as pieces by Thousand Oaks resident Billy Martin. Artistic representations of wild jungle animals and exotic locations are also included.

The "Jungleland & Artistic Visions" exhibit, presented by the City of Thousand Oaks Cultural Affairs Commission, runs through January 25, 2017, with an Artists Reception on Thursday, November 17 from 5:30-7:30pm in the Fred Kavli Theatre Lobby. All residents of Thousand Oaks and Southern California are invited to join the City of Thousand Oaks in this unique celebration of Jungleland's 90th Anniversary.

This new art show ranges from the early days of Jungleland and its tigers, elephants, and other circus-like attractions to artistic representations of exotic animals.  It highlights the outstanding works of numerous Thousand Oaks and Southern California artists, and includes media ranging from acrylic and oil paintings, watercolors, and mixed media to sculpture and photography. Artists include (in no particular order) Ron Souza, Irv Morgan, Pamela Fong, Kathi Colman, Joyce Rumack, Louisa Wallace Jacobs, Gary W. Talbot, Billy Martin, Connie Tunick, Carl Volpe, Barbara Welch, Andrea Stanley, and Ann Krasner.

For further information about the "Jungleland & Artistic Visions" exhibit or the upcoming November 17 Artists Reception, contact Stacy Park, Deputy Director of the City of Thousand Oaks Cultural Affairs Department at (805) 449-2767.