Thursday, October 30, 2008

Mysteries of Egypt

Last Sunday we made our first visit to the Burke Museum at the University of Washington in Seattle.

The museum had a special Ancient Egypt day with kid activities, and a rare public display of "Nellie", Seattle's only Egyptian mummy. Our eight-year-old is really into Ancient Egypt, so we couldn't pass up this opportunity.

The mummy, about 2000 years old, is a woman who lived during the Ptolemaic period of Ancient Egypt. The wooden coffin is about 1000 years older than the mummy itself. The mummy had been roughly treated during the 1900s, but the museum has been working to stabilize and restore it for quite a while. The bright colors on paintings on the coffin were clearly visible.

We had a great time. We were also blown away by the other exhibits in the museum, including the exhibits on Native American and Asian peoples in Washington state history. We will definitely visit again.

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