Explore two of the most destructive volcanic eruptions in human history through the newest exhibits gracing the halls of the MAC. Joining the currently showing Mount St. Helens: Critical Memory commemoration of the Washington peak’s 1980 eruption, a newly arrived traveling showcase explores the 79 AD blowup of Mount Vesuvius in Italy. Visitors can learn about the first century Roman metropolis Pompeii, completely destroyed in the catastrophic eruption, and view more than 100 artifacts excavated from its ruins. Interactive elements of the exhibit attempt to recreate what it might have sounded and felt like to be in Pompeii the moment Vesuvius blew. While the Mount St. Helens exhibit is on display through July, don’t dawdle to see Pompeii, which is on an abbreviated timeline and set to depart May 3.
Sat, Feb. 8 through May 3; open Tue-Thu and Sat-Sun from 10 am-5 pm, Fri (and third Thu) from 10 am-8 pm • $10-$19.50 • Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture • 2316 W. First • northwestmuseum.org
— Chey Scott