Monday, July 31, 2017

"Wonderful Things" exhibit at Cranbrook Science Museum

“As my eyes grew accustomed to the light, details of the room within emerged slowly from the mist: strange animals, statues, and gold -- everywhere the glint of gold. For the moment -- an eternity, it must have seemed to the others standing by -- I was struck dumb with amazement, and when Lord Carnarvon, unable to stand the suspense any longer, inquired anxiously, 'Can you see anything?' it was all I could do to get out the words, 'Yes, wonderful things.” ~Howard CarterTomb of Tutankhamen

From the "Wonderful Things" exhibit at Cranbrook Institute of Science / Cindy La Ferle

As a kid, I was totally enthralled with mummies and the history of ancient Egypt. I can recall playing for hours with a King Tut Magic Mummy toy -- a tiny plastic mummy figure with a magnet inside it. If you tapped the Magic Mummy on one end, it wouldn't "rest" in its miniature coffin. To get the restless Mummy to settle back in, you had to repeat a few magic words while tapping on the other end. (Sure, I was a little weird.) And, of course, I read anything I could find about Howard Carter's discovery of Tutankhamen's treasure-filled tomb. 

Cindy La Ferle
Earlier this summer, I enjoyed touring the "Wonderful Things" exhibit at the Cranbrook Institute of Science Museum in Bloomfield Hills.  

Ten years in the making, the show features more than 100 meticulously recreated items from King Tut's legendary tomb, including his golden shrines, state chariot, funerary mask, and mummy case. The collection is enhanced by additional ancient Egyptian artifacts from the Science Museum's own collection. All in all, the exhibit is beautifully done -- complete with atmospheric lighting that lends an air of mystery to each display. 
Cindy La Ferle

If you're looking for something special to do in Oakland County this summer -- especially with youngsters who are old enough to appreciate the wonders of ancient Egypt -- this show (now through September 3) is definitely worth a visit. 

For more information, please visit the Museum's website. ~CL

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