Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives
World premiere exhibition from the British Museum collection
The world premiere of Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives will open at the Powerhouse Museum this week. Ancient cultures meet modern technologies in this exhibition that takes audiences beyond the wrappings to reveal the mysteries of mummification buried for thousands of years.
Australian audiences will have a chance to see inside mummies from the British Museum collection via the latest non-evasive computed tomography (CT) scan and 3D visualisation technology when the exhibition opens in Sydney on 10 December 2016.
The six mummies, who lived and died in Egypt between 1800 and 3000 years ago, were scanned at Royal Brompton Hospital in London. They will be displayed in their historical, geographical and social contexts alongside 200 objects exploring themes such as mummification, gods and goddesses, personal adornment, state of health and medicine, food and diet, musical instruments, and childhood. Visitors will be able to virtually peel back the layers of history through interactive 3D visualisations of CT scans and discover for themselves six carefully mummified individuals.
Throughout summer there will be an extensive public program for all the family. Children can try their hand at archaeology with a 20 metre long Giant Archaeological Dig pit, which will be installed in the Powerhouse Museum amongst many other free summer school holiday activities. There will be an exciting series of talks and events including a lecture series titled Death and Dying that will take place throughout the duration of the exhibition and school holiday periods. There will also be curator tours and expert talks from Macquarie University and the Australian Centre for Egyptology revealing the science behind archaeological practices and CT scanning techniques. Please see website for details: https://maas.museum