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Experience the Culture and Art of Ancient Egypt Feb. 24
For release: Feb. 8, 2007
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Explore the wonders of ancient Egypt today.  Write your name in hieroglyphs.  Color a mask while learning about ancient gods.  Make a copy of an ancient amulet.  Learn about Egypt’s famous Valley of the Kings, and see images of the excavation at the new tomb that was discovered in the Valley by a University of Memphis expedition just a year or so ago.. 

These are just a few of the activities families can experience during Family Day at the Institute of Egyptian Art and Architecture on Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Art Museum of the University of Memphis.  The event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; visitors may come at any time during the event. Admission is free, but reservations for groups are requested.

The popular “School for Scribes” will be available again this year.  In an intensive one-hour session, older children and adults will learn about the ancient Egyptian language. A special session devoted to the rediscovery of the ancient Egyptian language and the Rosetta Stone also will be available. Children must be at least 10 years old to participate, and there is limited enrollment.

 To make reservations for groups or for the School for Scribes, call 901-678-2649.

The event will also include special tours of the Egyptian Exhibition at the Art Museum, the telling of ancient Egyptian stories, designing jewelry, making a crown and scepters, and learning how to measure the ancient Egyptian way. Bring your own camera and “picture yourself as a mummy.”

Free parking is available in the Central Avenue lot. Parking also is available for $1 an hour in the Fogelman Executive Center garage on Innovation Drive, just south of Central Ave.  The Art Museum is located on the first floor of the Communication and Fine Arts Building, Room 142.

Designed to introduce children to the art and culture of ancient Egypt in a fun and creative environment, the event is sponsored by the University's Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology, a Tennessee Center of Excellence. The IEAA and the Art Museum maintain the largest public collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts in the Mid-South. More than 150 objects are on display representing 4,000 years of Egyptian history. Exhibits include mummies, royal statuary, amulets, jewelry, tomb furnishings, and items from everyday Egyptian life.

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