It’s a wrap for Queensland Museum’s Egyptian Mummies

31 August 2018

More than 154,000 visitors have unwrapped the mysteries of Ancient Egypt at Queensland Museum as part of Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives.

The exhibition from the British Museum closed on Sunday 26 August to sell-out crowds on its final weekend (25 – 26 August).

Minister for Arts and Science Leeanne Enoch said that Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives contributed greatly to Queensland Museum’s bumper year.

“Over the past five months, visitors have had the pleasure of viewing more than 200 Egyptian artefacts – learning about the extraordinary life and death of six individuals through cutting-edge visualisations and state-of-the-art technology,” Minister Enoch said.

“The success of the international exhibition has helped position Queensland Museum as one of Australia’s top cultural tourism destinations, with 2.13 million visits to the South Bank site in 2017-18,” Minister Enoch said.

Queensland Museum Acting CEO Dr Jim Thompson said Queenslanders had an insatiable appetite for Ancient Egypt.

“The exhibition was complemented by a series of sold out After Dark 18+ events and Night at the Museum family events, as well as popular school holiday activities and programs,” Dr Thompson said.

Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives shed new light on mummies from the British Museum collection and highlighted the scientific investigation undertaken by its curators.”

Dr Thompson said it was a busy year for Queensland Museum, with mummies making way for monkeys and two new permanent galleries set to open in the coming months.

“Visitors won’t miss out with our latest exhibition from National Museums Scotland, Monkeys! A Primate Story opening 29 September on level two of the museum,” he said.

“We will also open our highly anticipated SparkLab! Sciencentre on 17 September and the Anzac legacy gallery later in the year.”

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