Mummy & Miller: A Day at the ArtScience Museum

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!

imagining herself in Ancient Egypt

imagining herself in ancient Egypt

can't believe how old these artifacts are!

can’t believe how old these artefacts are!

poor mummified cat

poor mummified cat

fascinated kids

fascinated kids

guess what these jars are used for

guess what these jars are used for

Nesperennub: the star of the show!

Nesperennub: the star of the show!

Anya and Dana

Anya and Dana

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.

Noey & Anya at Essential Eames

Noey & Anya at Essential Eames

kids love pressing buttons

kids love pressing buttons

looking through a Viewmaster

looking through a Viewmaster

building a house of cards

building a house of cards

listening in

listening in

iconic chairs

iconic chairs

instantly recognisable

instantly recognisable

make your own miniature furniture

make your own mini furniture

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.

Advertisements

Leave a Comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s