{Fata Organa} The Dead Sea Scrolls

Last weekend, I went to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science to see their The Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit and it was really neat. My parents went with me, which was great because then I didn't have to drive down to the museum. Me and driving just aren't liking each other lately. Obviously, they didn't allow pictures in the exhibit, so no pictures of any of the awesome pottery, stone, and textile work they had in there. We did quickly go through the rock/stone exhibit DNS has and I got some pictures in there (along with a few of the larger skeletons out on display).

The exhibit had some really great pieces besides the fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls. The pottery was super impressive, especially the one jug that had a huge dent in the top that made it look like I made it. I really enjoyed that one. They also had sling rocks, rocks used in slings to throw at other people, that were bigger than my fist. I mean, that was some serious shit. It looked like a trebuchet boulder, not something you would put in a handheld sling and fling at someone's head. They were huge. There were also a couple of ossuaries, sections of floor mosaics, part of a wool textile from the Ancient Roman era, and also an actual chunk of the Western Wall that had fallen at some point (I can't remember when the guide said it fell). 

The fragments themselves were also very impressive. The fragments were fragments, with some of them being larger than I expected them to be. What surprised me was how incredibly tiny the writing was. I mean, it was handwritten text the size of text on a fortune cookie's fortune. It was so small and clean and concise. They had the fragments displayed in a round table type of setup where you had to look down into a window to see the fragments (the museum staff were great about disability accommodation for this, and gave my mom a handheld mirror so she would be able to see the fragments while on her mobility scooter - some of the other museum patrons were not as pleasant about people with disabilities). They also had translation of the fragments, along with explanations of how they came to the translations in some cases.

There was a small gift shop at the end of the exhibit and my mom bought me these tiny replicas. They had books, stationary, pens, jewelry, the usual gift shop stuff.

Overall, the exhibit itself is very much worth seeing if you're lucky enough to get tickets before the closing. It's nice to be able to see world history that normally wouldn't be accessible to our area, and also because of the current climate we live in. Like I said, a majority of the museum staff were very pleasant and accommodating to disabilities, even though the elevator situation was pretty cramped for a mobility chair and more than one person. The only major issue that made the experience not great were the other museum patrons. It was just a lot of old white people giving us dirty looks, walking in front of us so we couldn't see the objects on display, just making the entire experience unpleasant. That's not the museum's fault, and that's not the fault of the exhibit. That's also something that other disabled people are probably used to and expect when they go out in public. It still pissed me off that they treated us like we didn't belong there or had no right to see this history because of the way we looked or they way we had to used aides to move around.