Disclaimer: I was provided the opportunity to visit the Arizona Science Center and Lost Egypt exhibit through a campaign with Blended Extended. All opinions are my own.
In Arizona there is really nothing better to beat the heat than the Arizona Science Center. Located in Downtown Phoenix and right next to one of my favorite places to grab a pizza, Pizzeria Bianco! It makes for a great afternoon. My kids love learning about Egypt and especially mummies. Getting the opportunity to have the Lost Egypt Exhibit experience was a bonus!
We looked around for a bit and checking out several really cool displays about ancient Egyptians, hieroglyphs and mummification.
Lost Egypt is divided into four content areas:
1. Orientation Entrance, features a modern Egyptian street scene that transports visitors
to Egypt where they learn about some of the archaeologists working in Egypt today.
2. Field Site, where visitors explore the tools, techniques, science and technologies used
at the Lost City of the Pyramid Builders on the Giza Plateau. 3. In Ancient Egyptian Culture, visitors see a human mummy, funerary artifacts and
exhibits about the art and language of ancient Egypt.
4. In the Laboratory, visitors discover animal mummies, X-rays and CT scans of human
and animal mummies, facial reconstructions and rapid prototypes of ancient Egyptians.
Then there was an awesome presentation about mummification. It was pretty detailed and I was surprised it kept the attention of my youngest. There was a lot of audience participation.
Lost Egypt is located in the Sybil B. Harrington Galleries on Level 3 of Arizona Science Center. The exhibition will be open between May 31 and Sept. 1, 2014. Tickets are $26.95 (adult), $23.95 (senior) and $19.95 (child), which include general admission. Arizona Science Center members are able to enter for $8 (adult) and $6 (child).
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The rest of the science center was a blast too! My boys and teen had fun and even played in a few exhibits together. #shocker The all had a blast in the body area, maybe sliding down the digestive track way too many times. But as long as they are keeping busy and having fun out of the heat I am happy!
Just as a side note and possible interesting fact after we left the outside temperature read in my car was showing 119 degrees!! I instantly wanted to be back in the Science Center’s cold AC. If you live in Arizona or are visiting I suggest you check out the Science Center and all the surrounding downtown features. ~Enjoy!!
About Arizona Science Center
The mission of Arizona Science Center is to inspire, educate and entertain people of all ages about science. The Center, located at 600 E. Washington Street in downtown Phoenix, features more than 300 hands-on exhibits, live demonstrations, the state-of-the-art Dorrance Planetarium and a five-story IMAX® theater. For more information, visit www.azscience.org or call 602-716-2000.
About Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science
Lost Egypt was produced by COSI in cooperation with the Science Museum Exhibit Collaborative, and was designed and built by the Science Museum of Minnesota. Artifacts are on loan from the Brooklyn Museum and The Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia.
Directly From the Science Center Press Release:
ANCIENT EGYPTIAN MYSTERIES UNEARTHED AT ARIZONA SCIENCE CENTER
Visitors discover “Lost Egypt” at new interactive exhibition
PHOENIX – Ancient Egyptian artifacts will be on view in Phoenix when Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science opens at Arizona Science Center on May 31. Lost Egypt is an immersive quest for knowledge that reveals how archaeologists use modern science and technology to uncover and understand the ancient civilization of Egypt. Through hands-on challenges, authentic artifacts and guidance from real archaeologists, visitors will unearth the mysteries of Egypt, its culture and its people. The exhibition explores how mummies, artifacts and other material remains contribute to our scientific understanding of past cultures.
“From the pyramids to body preservation, there is a mystique and fascination with ancient Egypt that is unlike any other historic culture,” said Chevy Humphrey, President and CEO of Arizona Science Center. “Visitors will be intrigued by the artifacts and the ways modern scientific advancements are uncovering new information about this era every day.”
Highlights include a real human mummy and several animal mummies, as well as scans, forensic facial reconstructions and for the first time ever, a life-size rapid prototype (a type of 3D computer model) of a mummy in a stage of “unwrapping.” Visitors will also be transported into ancient times where they will discover a re-creation of an Egyptian tomb and authentic art and artifacts from the daily life and funerary culture of ancient Egypt. Some of the worlds’ foremost authorities on Egypt are featured in the exhibition. Visitors will be able to connect with them through video interviews and photographs from the field.
“Lost Egypt makes an unforgettable connection between past and present customs, cultures and sciences,” added Humphrey. “This exhibit is particularly inspiring for young people, illuminating the roles they can play as future archaeologists, scientists, engineers, technicians and life-long learners.”