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Fancy a drink with a mummy?
I remember very fondly those old, musty museums of my childhood: those Aladdin's caves with glass-topped cabinets and pinned and captioned specimens, where new and unfamiliar treasures could be found in every nook and cranny. But 21st-century museums have their own charm. Their high tech wizardry and hands-on experiences allow in-depth insights into the subjects of their exhibitions. Queensland Museum's Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives exhibition is no exception and if you want a different perspective of this popular exhibition, tickets are now on sale for not one, but two, Mummies After Dark events on Friday 20 July, and a special National Science Week event on Friday 17 August. Trust me, these are a lot of fun and you don't want to miss out.
Previous Mummies After Dark events have been sold-out successes, and it's not hard to see why. At these strictly 18 and over events you can buy a drink while you explore the museum outside its regular hours, and with no huge crowds or kids. Your ticket will get you entry to the entire museum including Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives. You'll also get to enjoy live music and entertainment along with science demonstrations and displays.
At this event, there is also the added bonus of an expert talk about brewing. If you're wondering what connection there is between brewing and mummies, it may surprise you to learn that brewing is the oldest biotechnological process known to man and that it was practised by the Ancient Egyptians. Hear all about it with the talk, Brew like an Egyptian: Ancient Egyptian Beer Making by Dr Serena Love.
Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives has been a hugely popular exhibition for Queensland Museum and will be running until 26 August 2018. It's a collaboration between The British Museum and Queensland Museum, featuring six mummies from the British Museum's Egyptian Collection. It's a fascinating look at the lives and times of Egypt between 3,000 and 1,800 years ago.
The mummies you will meet are:
Nestawedjat – Lady of the House, (circa 700 BC); Tamut – Chantress of Amun (circa 900 BC); Irthorru – Priest at Akhmim (circa 600 BC); Priestess (a Singer of the Interior of Amun) (circa 900 BC); Young Child (circa 40-60 AD); Young Man (circa 100-200 AD).
On display along with the mummies are more than 200 separate artefacts, including funerary objects, coffins, ancient texts and masks. You will also be able to see visualisations of the mummies based on the latest CT scanning technology.