We were recently invited to visit the Mummy: Secrets of the Tomb and Essential Eames: A Herman Miller Exhibition at the ArtScience Museum. I love the exciting and refreshing exhibitions at ArtScience Museum and I’ve been there for Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, Andy Warhol: 15 minutes Eternal, Harry Potter: The Exhibition and The Art of the Brick.
First of all, I have to confess that I brought my camera along for the visit but left the battery charging at home so I only had my phone camera with me and the photos don’t do the exhibitions justice at all! To see some fantastic photos, visit Princess Dana Diaries after you’re done here! :)
We began our tour with a 3D film detailing the virtual unwrapping of the mummy of Nesperennub, an Egyptian temple priest who lived more than 3000 years ago. I’m usually not a fan of 3D films but the technology was used to great effect here. Anya was awed by the film and exclaimed a few times that she could see things coming out of the screen. The film set the stage for the exhibition exploring the rituals of life, death and afterlife in ancient Egypt.
Anya had a lot of questions after watching the film and was really curious about the mummification process. On a funny note, a couple of days after visiting the exhibition, she asked me suspiciously, “When I die, will I go to Egypt or to Heaven??”
Our docent-guided tour unveiled so much fascinating information about ancient Egypt. I don’t want to reveal everything in my post, but with more than 100 artefacts and 6 mummies in the exhibition, Mummy: Secrets of the Tomb is definitely worth a visit and the kids will enjoy it too. There is a specially-designed activity quest with age-appropriate activity bags for children as young as 3 years old containing activities and tools directly related to the artefacts. We didn’t get a chance to try it out that day so I’m hoping to take Anya there again soon!
We also had a tour of Essential Eames: A Herman Miller Exhibition. This exhibition captures the spirit and philosophy behind the most famous couple in design: Charles and Ray Eames. I thought the kids would be a bit bored by this exhibition but it is actually very interactive and there’s lots for them to see and touch and play with. In fact, it was hard to tear Anya away from one section of the exhibition to the next!
The Essential Eames exhibition showcases over 100 artefacts, including some rare and never-before-seen works and images. I was particularly taken by a special chair designed for Pope John Paul II, the photographs and the films.
Do check the website for the timing of the various activities so your visit to the ArtScience Museum will be more enriching and plan to spend a good part of the day there! Mummy: Secrets of the Tomb is on until 4 November 2013 and Essential Eames: A Herman Miller Exhibition until 5 January 2014.
Disclaimer: We were invited to ArtScience Museum to view Mummy: Secrets of the Tomb and Essential Eames: A Herman Miller Exhibition. All opinions are my own.