Finding King Tut by Family Stages at Penn Museum, Summer Wonder Series, Reviewby EJ on 07/25/13
After six years of digging for King Tut, there seemed to be no sign of the boy king's tomb. Archaeologist Carter declared, "I've always been good at finding things. I will find this King Tut." Sure enough, the tomb is finally discovered. Carter then dreams that King Tut comes to him from the tomb, upset because he didn't receive the respect he deserved during his life. Carter convinces King Tut to let him empty the tomb and put all of his kingly belongings in the museum of Cairo so that the whole world would see what a "superstar" King Tut really was.
Our eight year old could not wait to see her beloved mummies again in the Egyptian Mummies Gallery, where rests her most favorite mummy in all of existence, the child mummy with a duck and horse toy at it's side. Every time we visit Penn Museum, she is drawn to this particular mummy. Our four year old, who was visiting for the first time, declared that she liked the mummy "with the cutest toes". Yeah. My kids are totally weird - just like me - and I'm so proud.
Mummies. Visitors can watch and interact with scientists working to preserve real mummies. This was really, really cool. I'm not kidding. It's the only air conditioned spot in the whole museum (I think). Kidding aside, I could have spent hours in here. Watching the conservation process was fascinating, my dream job! I studied under Donald Redford at Penn State but... flunked out of Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics course and decided to stick with the English language. Still, Ancient Egypt has my heart.
In another section of The Artifact Lab, the girls were able to put different Egyptian artifacts under a microscope like papyrus, linen and bone. It was tough explaining the purpose of conservation and preservation of artifacts to my four year old but my eight year old totally got it. My husband made sure to read the ages of every mummy and artifact, to stress just how old these remnants of the past really were. No matter how many times we visit, Penn Museum never ceases to amaze us with their vast and stunning (yes, I do think mummies are pretty stunning) collection of Ancient Egyptian artifacts and mummies.
Summer Wonder Series at Penn Museum
The Summer Wonder Series at Penn Museum takes places on Wednesday throughout the summer from 11 am to noon (through Aug. 21st) and features a different presentation every week. Summer Wonder is free with museum admission. $15 for adults. Seniors $13. Children 6-17 $10. FREE for kids 5 and under. Visit Penn Museum on Facebook and Twitter.
Family Stages, Two-Actor Performances, Based on Fairy Tales & History
Family Stages features two-actor plays based on classic fairy tales, folklore and historical events and maintains a full schedule of touring performances, public shows in and around Trappe and Ambler, PA and Rehoboth Beach, DE. They also offer theater and film camps throughout the year. Visit www.familystages.org for more information. Visit Family Stages on Facebook and Twitter.
Four Little Monsters received admission to Penn Museum for the purpose of this review. All opinions belong to the blogger.