Penn Museum's "Year of Egypt" Celebration Continues Saturday, 05 May 2007 with Mummy Day

Mommies Can Celebrate Mother’s Day a Little Early as Moms Get in FREE When Accompanied by Their Children

09 APRIL 2007, PHILADELPHIA, PA—The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology continues its “Year of Egypt” programming Saturday, May 5th, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a special pre-Mother’s Day Mummy Day celebration, featuring tours of the ancient Egyptian mummy gallery, talks on motherhood, mummies, and embalming in ancient Egypt, music from Verdi’s classic opera “Aida,” ancient Egyptian-style crafts and games for the family—and treats for moms. With Mother’s Day just a week away, moms of all ages get in FREE, when accompanied by their child or children!

Moms get a special gift this Mummy Day, as the first one hundred mothers (accompanied by a child) who come through the door will be treated to a single rose bouquet, compliments of Jim Bevlock, Lotus Flower Shop, Newtown Square, Pennsylvania.

3000BC Spa, an aromatherapy spa and boutique inspired by the beauty practices of ancient Egypt with locations in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, and Wayne, Pennsylvania, will be at the day, offering sample back massages for mothers on a first-come, first-served basis.

Penn Museum’s most popular long-term exhibition, “The Egyptian Mummy: Secrets and Science,” features nine mummies, plus information on the history and procedures of mummification, ancient Egyptian belief in the afterlife—and what scientific procedures, including autopsy and x-ray, can tell us about life in ancient Egypt. Beth Ann Judas, Ph.D. candidate in the Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean World at Penn and a board member of ARCE-PA (American Research Center in Egypt, Pennsylvania Chapter) offers tours, “Mummies and the Afterlife” at 11:30 a.m. and again at 1 p.m.

Mummy Day visitors can attend any of three engaging talks held in the Rainey Auditorium throughout the afternoon. “Mummy Dearest: An Introduction to Embalming Procedures in Ancient Egypt” is offered by Stephen Phillips, PhD candidate in Anthropology and Research Assistant in the Egyptian Section, noon to 12:30 p.m. Dr. Jennifer Wegner, Research Scientist in the Egyptian Section, offers a look at “Motherhood in Ancient Egypt,” 1 to 1:30 p.m.

From 3 to 4 p.m., ARCE-PA offers a more in-depth program, “Flesh on the Bone: Reconstituting the People of Ancient Akhmim.” Dr. Jonathan Elias of the Akhmim Mummy Project discusses the latest developments in forensic analysis, applied to a mummified Egyptian population dating between 700 and 200 BCE.

Arias from Giuseppe Verdi’s famous opera, “Aida,” set in ancient Egypt, will have a fitting backdrop, performed in front of the Museum’s Palace of Merenptah, circa 1200 BCE, in the Lower Egyptian Gallery, by performers of the Delaware Valley Opera Company, at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and again at 3 p.m.

Throughout the day, children and their families can enjoy making their own canopic jars (to hold key organs for the afterlife) and scarab jewelry (the scarab beetle was a popular protective amulet worn by both living Egyptians and mummies) at craft tables. A “What in the World?” Ancient Egyptian Game will challenge visitors to see what they know about ancient Egyptian culture.

The Museum Shop gets into the Mother’s Day act, offering a one day only 20% discount to children who buy jewelry for their moms. The Pyramid Shop for children will be open and featuring its extensive ancient Egyptian offerings for the day.

The Museum Café continues with its Year of Egypt weekend menu featuring Chicken Shwarma wraps, Egyptian mezze plates, Karkedeh (traditional Egyptian hibiscus tea), and for the kids or the young at heart, Tutburgers and Pharaonic fries.

In addition to the mummy gallery, visitors will have the opportunity to explore the Museum’s Upper and Lower Egyptian galleries, newly renovated and featuring new artifacts and information, including a 20 foot long ancient Egyptian timeline, a new section for material of the Predynastic and Early Dynastic periods, and dramatic new large-scale images of Egypt, backdrops to the collection. “Amarna, Ancient Egypt’s Place in the Sun,” Penn Museum’s newest Egyptian exhibition, offers a look at the childhood home of Tutankhamun, the royal city that rose—and disappeared—in about a generation’s time. “Amarna” was developed to complement the blockbuster “Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs” at The Franklin Institute Science Museum, which continues through September 2007.

And one more Mummy program on Sunday, May 6th…
For visitors who can’t make it to Mummy Day on Saturday, there is one more mummy program on Sunday, as Penn Museum concludes its “Hollywood on the Nile” monthly film series with the 1999 blockbuster, “The Mummy,” Sunday, March 6 at 1:30 p.m. Brendan Fraser stars in this Stephen Sommers-directed remake of the 1932 classic horror story. High priest Imhotep, mummified alive in ancient Egyptian times, comes back to life—with dire consequences.

The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, located at 3260 South Streets on the Penn campus in Philadelphia, is dedicated to the study and understanding of human history and diversity. Founded in 1887, the Museum has sent more than 400 archaeological and anthropological expeditions to all the inhabited continents of the world. With an active exhibition schedule and educational programming for children and adults, the Museum offers the public an opportunity to share in the ongoing discovery of humankind's collective heritage. For general information, visitors may call (215) 898-4000, or visit the Museum’s award-winning website at


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