Many are fascinated with the mummies of ancient Egypt. Albany Institute of History & Art has the special exhibit, GE Presents: The Mystery of the Albany Mummies, showing September 21. 2013 to June 8th 2014.
The mystery focuses on two ancient Egyptian mummies and their coffins. One dates from the 21st Dynasty, the second from the Ptolemaic Period. Hieroglyphs on the coffin parts identify one as Ankhefenmut, a sculptor and priest in the Temple of Mut, living between 1069 and 945 BC.
The exhibit brings together all parts of Ankhefenmut’s coffin to understand the world, where he lived and worked. In addition to coffins over 200 objects were obtained from established institutions by 140 major loans.
Initially the 21st Dynasty mummy was identified as a female. Prior to the exposition X-Ray and Ct scanning examined the mummies, results determining the 21st Dynasty mummy was actually a female. The mummies and coffin bottoms were purchased by the museum in 1909 from the Cairo Museum. They have been on display at the museum for nearly a hundred years.
Interactive exhibits within the museum encourage kids to learn in a fun and interesting manner. One may dress up like a pharaoh, dissect a mummy as an Egyptian, play ancient Egyptian board games, write in hieroglyphics, and wrap a fake mummy.
Albany Institute of History & Art is a museum in downtown Albany dedicated to collecting, preserving, interpreting and promoting interest in the history, art and culture of Albany and the Hudson Valley region. In addition to the mummies the museum’s permanent displays include works by contemporary artists, sculptures of Albany native Erastus Dow Palmer, and furniture and silver of region’s founding fathers.
New York State Capitol
Built in the late 1800’s it houses the governor’s office and New York State Senate and Assembly. It is a city block east of Albany Institute of History & Art.
125 Washington Avenue Albany, NY 12210
Wednesday – Saturday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
$8 seniors and students
$6 children 6-12
Free under five
Albany Institute of History & Art is a 3 ½ hour drive of 225 miles from Rochester NY. Drive east on I-90 Thruway to exit 23. After tollbooth go straight ahead onto I-787 north to the Empire State Plaza exit 3. Follow ramp signs to the Empire State Plaza proceeding along the ramp that goes into a tunnel under the Plaza. Stay in the right lane. Take right onto Swan Street.
Stay in the left lane as you proceed up the hill and cross State Street. Continue on Swan Street crossing Washington Avenue. At the end of Swan Street, turn left onto Elk Street. Entrance to the Albany Institute's parking lot will be on the left before Dove Street. Metered parking is also available on surrounding streets.
This exhibit gives an opportunity to see actual artifact of ancient Egypt we have read about in our grammar school history class.