For release: February 16, 2011
Travel back in time and explore the wonders of ancient Egypt during the Institute
of Egyptian Art and Archaeology’s Ancient Egyptian Family Day at the Art Museum of
the University of Memphis on Saturday, Feb. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event
is free and open to the public.
For press information, contact Dr. Patricia Podzorski, 901-678-2649
Designed to introduce children to the art and culture of ancient Egypt in a fun and
creative environment, Family Day will let kids write their name in hieroglyphs, draw
like an Egyptian, make a copy of an ancient Egyptian amulet, or color a mask while
learning about ancient Egyptian gods. Special tours of the Egyptian exhibition at
the Art Museum will be offered, and stories from ancient Egypt will be presented.
The popular “School for Scribes” will be available again this year. In an intensive
one-hour workshop, older children and adults will learn about the ancient Egyptian
language, how the ancient Egyptian language was rediscovered, and the role that the
famous Rosetta Stone played in that discovery. To participate, children must be at
least 10 years old. (Because the class size for the “School for Scribes” is limited, reservations are required;
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Free parking is available in the Central Avenue parking lot. Paid parking is available
in the Fogelman garage on Innovation Drive, south of Central Avenue and east of Patterson
The Art Museum is located on the first floor of the Communication and Fine Arts Building,
Room 142, on the U of M campus.
The Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology and the Art Museum of the University
of Memphis (AMUM) maintain the largest public collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts
in the Mid-South. More than 150 objects are on display, representing 4,000 years of
ancient Egyptian history. Exhibits include mummies, royal statuary, amulets, jewelry,
tomb furnishings, and items from everyday life.
More information is available online at www.memphis.edu/egypt/familyday.php or by phone at 901-678-2649.