Experience the Art and Culture of Ancient Egypt at IEAA Family Day

March 31, 2016- Travel back in time for a day and explore the wonders of ancient Egypt. Write your name in hieroglyphs, color a mask while learning about ancient Egyptian gods, make your own copy of a real ancient Egyptian amulet, participate in a scavenger hunt, and more.

These are a few of the activities families can experience during IEAA Family Day on Saturday, April 9, 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. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Admission is free. Those bringing large groups should make a reservation by calling 678-2649.

Guided tours of the Egyptian exhibition at the Art Museum also will be available. The popular "School for Scribes" will be held gain this year. In an intensive one-hour session, older children and adults will learn about the ancient Egyptian language, including the Rosetta Stone and how the ancient Egyptian language was rediscovered. Scribes must be 10 years of age or older, and enrollment is limited. Call 678-2649 to reserve a place.

Free parking is available in the Central Avenue lot. Paid parking is available for $2 per hour in the Fogelman Executive Center garage on Fogelman Drive, just south of Central Avenue. 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, safe 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 200 objects are on display representing 4,000 years of Egyptian history. Exhibits include mummies, statuary, jewelry, tomb furnishings, and items from everyday life.

Dr. Patricia Podzorski