The Richmond History Podcast

Monday, November 28, 2011

Mummy: Secrets of the Tomb at VMFA

At a time when Egypt is going though some historic changes organized with media like twitter, The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is mixing media for a show that reflects on ancient Egypt.  The exclusive US presentaion of this major international touring exhibition, Mummy: Secrets of the Tomb is open until March 11, 2011.  It starts with a 20 min 3-D movie about a mummified temple priest named Nesperennub who lived 3000 years ago.  The movie takes you in and out of the priest's container and tells his story.  Narrated by Patrick Stewart the 3-d intro is a great introduction to the more then 100 related objects from the Britsh Museum.
This fun exhibit shows some embalming mistakes like a casing that didn't fit it's occupant so they added another bit around the feet.  I assume the pieces that are not perfectly executed would be seen as faulty which is why I've never seen this kind of thing.  Then again, I have never been mistaken for an Egyptologist.  Looking back through history it easy to think everything, especially something as important as some ones eternal existence, is always perfect and deliberate.  It's comforting to know that people have been making mistakes and fudging it for more then 3000 years.
The size of the show is manageable and can be seen in an hour or so.  Thats a well spent hour or so for those who have and have't been mistaken for Egyptologist and it leaves plenty of time to see other parts of the museum.

http://www.vmfa.state.va.us/Exhibitions/Mummy.aspx

Tickets are $15, $12 for seniors, students with a valid ID and groups of 10 or more and can be purchased  @ http://www.vmfa.museum/Exhibitions/Mummy.aspx or by calling 804-340-1405
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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the great review! Tickets are available by the half hour and many time slots still have availability - at least for now! Don't miss this fascinating exhibition.

    Here's the ticket link. Definitely purchase in advance!

    http://www.vmfa.museum/Exhibitions/Mummy.aspx

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