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Mummy show a once-in-a-lifetime event

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I recently had the privilege of attending the opening of Manitoba Museum’s newest exhibit — Wrapped: The Mummy of Pesed.

The experience was so interesting and enjoyable that I have since been back to the museum to revisit the exhibit.

According to the exhibit’s accompanying literature, Wrapped "includes over 60 ancient Egyptian antiquities, as well as CT scans and forensic facial reconstructions of Egyptian mummies. The centrepiece of the exhibit is Pesed — The Shining One, a 2,300 year old mummy and her coffin. The exhibit also explores our fascination with mummies and ancient Egypt."

Other highlights of the exhibit include The Scent of a Mummy. This interactive display allows the visitor to smell ingredients used in the mummification process, such as frankincense and myrrh. Ancient Egyptian canopic jars as well as actual cat, falcon and crocodile mummies are also presented.

To accompany the mummy show, the Planetarium is now showing Stars of the Pharaohs, which effectively transports the audience to ancient Egypt.

"You learn about the relationship ancient Egyptians felt with the stars and the various astronomical phenomena," Planetarium literature says. You will also see some of the temples and tombs of the ancient world recreated in their original splendour.

This is the first time in 45 years that a genuine mummy has been on display in Winnipeg.

Another special event being celebrated at the museum is the 40th anniversary of the arrival of the Nonsuch at the Manitoba Museum.

The original Nonsuch sailed into Hudson Bay in 1668 and led to the founding of the Hudson’s Bay Company. The replica Nonsuch was built in England to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the HBC. In 1973, it was presented to the province and put on permanent display at the museum  

Wrapped: The Mummy of Pesed runs until April 6, 2014.  

For more information, see www.manitobamuseum.ca. The museum is also on Facebook and Twitter, @ManitobaMuseum

Darlene Litchie is a community correspondent for Transcona.

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