The traveling exhibition "Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science" opens Saturday at the Great Lakes Science Center.
"Lost Egypt" shows 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 exhibit is created and produced by COSI, the Center of Science and Industry in Columbus.
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 explore a re-creation of an Egyptian tomb, and authentic art and artifacts from the daily life and funerary culture of ancient Egypt.
The exhibit is divided into four content areas. Orientation Entrance, a modern Egyptian street scene, transports visitors to Egypt where they learn about some of the archeologists working in Egypt today. Field Site lets visitors explore the tools, techniques, science and technologies used at the Lost City of the Pyramid Builders on the Giza Plateau. In Ancient Egyptian Culture, visitors see a human mummy, funerary artifacts and exhibits about the art and language of ancient Egypt. And 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.
"Lost Egypt" will be on display through April 28 at the Great Lakes Science Center, 601 Erieside Ave., Cleveland. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Admission to the science center is $14 for adults and $12 children ages 2-12 and $19 adults and $17 children for center / OMNIMAX combination ticket. For more information, call 216-694-2000.