Ancient Egypt's Greatest Mysteries Unearthed at Museum of Science

May 23, 2012

New Exhibit: Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science Opening May 27

BOSTON, May 23, 2012— On Sunday, May 27, the Museum of Science, Boston will present Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science, a new, temporary exhibit that will provide visitors with an immersive quest for knowledge that reveals how archeologists use modern science and technology to uncover and understand the ancient civilization of Egypt. Through hands-on challenges, authentic artifacts, and guidance from real archeologists, visitors will unearth the mysteries of Egypt, its culture and its people.

Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science, was created and produced by COSI, the Center of Science and Industry in Columbus, Ohio, built by the Science Museum of Minnesota, and sponsored locally by RBC Wealth Management. This interactive exhibit features a real human mummy and animal mummies, as well as scans, forensic facial reconstructions, and for the first time ever, a life-size rapid prototype of a mummy in a stage of "unwrapping". Visitors can also explore a re-creation of an Egyptian tomb, and authentic art and artifacts from the daily life and funerary culture of ancient Egypt.

"The interactive nature of this exhibit makes it a truly unique educational experience," said Paul Leyden, complex director at RBC Wealth Management. "We are pleased to sponsor this exhibit for the Boston community."

Lost Egypt explores how modern archeologists use science and technology to uncover and understand the people and culture of ancient Egypt. Visitors will be transported to a modern Egyptian street scene where they learn about some of the archeologists working in Egypt today. There, guests will be able to explore the tools, techniques, science and technologies used at the Lost City of the Pyramid Builders on the Giza Plateau and discover fascinating artifacts and prototypes.

"We are thrilled to provide visitors with an experience that will enable them to unlock the science and mysteries behind ancient Egypt," said Paul Fontaine, Museum of Science vice president of education. "Lost Egypt will allow visitors to learn about archeology and how science changes over time as new techniques are developed and new information is uncovered. By exploring mummies, artifacts and other material remains, this exhibit contributes to our scientific understanding of past cultures, and provides museumgoers with an opportunity to experience and learn from a rich culture."

Exhibit Highlights include:

  • A real human mummy and a life-size rapid prototype, displaying the mummy in a stage of "unwrapping", plus scans and forensic facial reconstructions of mummies;
  • Animal mummies, plus scans and information about animals in ancient Egypt;
  • Art and artifacts from the daily life and funerary culture of ancient Egypt;
  • Connections to real scientists working on projects in Egypt, including video interviews, written graphics, objects and photographs from the field;
  • Connections to the scientific process used by archeologists and other scientists, including hands-on challenges, interactive exhibits and technology;
  • Connections to how ancient Egyptian people and culture relate to us today.

Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science will be presented at the Museum of Science from May 27 through September 3, 2012. Lost Egypt is included with regular Exhibit Halls admission: $22 for adults, $20 for seniors (60+), and $19 for children (3-11). For more information, the public can call 617-723-2500, 617-589-0417 (TTY) or visit the Museum's website at

About the Museum of Science

One of the world's largest science centers and Boston's most attended cultural institution, the Museum introduces about 1.5 million visitors a year to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) via dynamic programs and hundreds of interactive exhibits. Founded in 1830, the Museum was first to embrace all the sciences under one roof. Highlights include the Thomson Theater of Electricity, Charles Hayden Planetarium, Mugar Omni Theater, Gordon Current Science & Technology Center, 3-D Digital Cinema and Butterfly Garden. Reaching 25,000 teens a year worldwide via the Intel Computer Clubhouse Network, the Museum also leads a 10-year, $41 million National Science Foundation-funded Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network of science museums. The Museum's "Science Is an Activity"exhibit plan has been awarded many NSF grants and influenced science centers worldwide. Its National Center for Technological Literacy®'s engineering curricula have reached 35,500 teachers and close to 3 million students nationwide. The Museum has also: been recognized by Boston and Cambridge for its energy and sustainability efforts; named an Employer of Choice by Work Without Limits, a Massachusetts disability employment initiative; is Yankee Magazine's "Best of New England Readers' Choice" for Cultural Attraction in Science; and is El Planeta's Best Tourist Attraction for the Massachusetts Latino population. Visit and follow the Museum on social media at and @museumofscience on Twitter.

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