For release: January 30, 2008
For press information, contact Simone Notter Wilson
Travel back in time for a day 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, February 23, 2008 from 10 a.m. to
Designed to introduce children to the art and culture of ancient Egypt in a fun and
creative environment, kids can learn how to 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, 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. A special session devoted to the rediscovery of ancient Egyptian language
and the Rosetta Stone will also be available. To participate, children must be at
least 10 years old. Because the class size for the “School of Scribes" is limited,
reservations are required (call 901-678-2649).
The Family Day is free and open to the public. Children must be accompanied by an
adult. Reservations are recommended for groups. Free parking is available in the Central
Avenue parking lot. Paid parking is available in the Fogelman garage on Innovation
Drive, just south of Central Avenue. The Art Museum is located on the first floor
of the Communication and Fine Arts Building, room 142, on the University of Memphis
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.
For more information and to sign up for the popular “School of Scribes" call 901-678-2649.
To learn more about ancient Egypt, visit the IEAA web site at www.memphis.edu/egypt.