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Travel to Egypt this summer at The Durham!
Unearth the mysteries of ancient Egypt as The Durham Museum presents Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science. Using hands-on challenges, authentic artifacts and guidance from archaeologists, Lost Egypt shows how modern science and technology can reveal the mysteries of Egypt, its culture and its people. Discover a real human mummy and animal mummies, as well as scans, forensic facial reconstruction and – for the first time ever – three life-size rapid prototypes, displaying the mummy in various stages of “unwrapping.” Explore a re-creation of an Egyptian tomb and authentic art and artifacts from the daily life and funerary culture of ancient Egypt.

Developers of Lost Egypt traveled to Cairo and Luxor to work with and learn from some of the world’s foremost authorities on Egypt who are featured in the exhibition. Connect with them through video interviews and photographs from the field.

Lost Egypt will allow visitors to learn about archaeology and the work of archaeologists, including how science changes over time as new techniques are developed and new information is uncovered. Explore how mummies, artifacts and other material remains contribute to our scientific understanding of past cultures.

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Exhibit Highlights:
Climb aboard this unique replica of a life-size camel for a photo opportunity. A computer game nearby challenges you to pack the right equipment and supplies for your excavation.

Move a block to discover the scale of the stones used to build the pyramids and experiment with the ancient Egyptian engineering and technologies that may have been used to move them.

Use specially-shaped geometric wooden blocks to build a tabletop pyramid to understand the architectural and engineering challenges.


Explore a mock excavation site to examine some of the material remains found in the Lost City site. A model of a Lost City site dig pit encourages visitors to find different objects, and then piece together the story.


This respectful display brings you face-to-face with a real Egyptian mummy. Learn the story of who this person was in life based on forensic evidence.


Learn about the language of hieroglyphics and decode an authentic message from ancient Egypt. Hear how hieroglyphics are presumably pronounced and read aloud.


Explore this darkened re-creation of a tomb hallway decorated with artwork and hieroglyphics using mirrors and light sources to highlight sections of the wall. Photos are taken from tombs located in the Valley of the Nobles, Saqqara and the Valley of the Kings.

Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science was produced by COSI in cooperation with the Science Museum Exhibit Collaborative, and was designed and built by the Science Museum of Minnesota. Artifacts are on loan from the Brooklyn Museum and
The Academy of Natural Sciences. Photography © 2008 Brad Feinknopf. Mummy scans © 2005 Akhmim Mummy Studies Consortium


3D pottery recreation activities

Lost Egypt Dig Site

Annie the mummy and her sarcophagus

Shards of pottery interactive activity