Saturday, February 8, 2014

The Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibit

Simone, Jeff, and I decided to go see the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit at The Leonardo in Salt Lake City today!  Here's an obviously fake picture because nobody was around to take a real one for us.


As usual, photography was not allowed in the exhibit itself.  But I am here to tell you all about it!

I always love the exhibits at The Leonardo.  You know, haha, the four I've been to.  Except the last one I went to was kind of lame (100 Inventions That Changed The World....personally I don't agree that Legos should be on that list...)  But it is still a fun place to go.  I was super excited to see this exhibit about the Dead Sea Scrolls and it was indeed interesting!  Yes, most of the artifacts were pots, but still.  It is amazing to think about how old the pots, coins, mosaics, and other things on display were (some dating back to 3,000 years ago!)  And the scrolls themselves were so interesting!  I can't believe that they have survived and that we have been able to translate them.

The Leonardo always sets things up interestingly.  This exhibit was actually two floors, and they kept the mood with dark lighting and music.  Definitely interesting.  Some of the displays didn't seem well thought out, though, like a certain place where you couldn't see what was on display unless you waited in the line and moved with the pace of everyone else.  Slightly inconvenient.  Also, sometimes there was just a little window for you to look through to see an entire room of artifacts.  Wouldn't it be easier to make a big window so everyone could just see everything?  But still, you can tell they put a lot of work into this exhibit and it did make for a memorable time.  I recommend it!

I was a little confused, though, because them using two floors took up the space of their usual art and discovery museums that I love.  We found part of it, though, shoved into a corner of the second floor.  It wasn't as vast as it usually is, but it was still fun to check out!  And the green screen thing was definitely improved.


And there were a couple of new things that were interesting to look at.


So all in all, it was a very fun time!  Definitely worth the trip up to Salt Lake City in rainy weather.

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