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Mummy: Secrets of the Tomb at ArtScience Museum

By: Wei Ying on 21 Jun 2013
Event: Mummy: Secrets of the Tomb
Venue: ArtScience Museum
Date: 27 April - 4 November 2013
Admission ticket: S$9-S$15
Opening Hours: 10am to 10pm

Mummy: Secrets of the Tomb

Since ancient times, the process of mummification as well as the ancient Egyptians way of life has always been a mystery to modern men. For the first time in Southeast Asia, the secrets of the mysterious Egyptian burial practices and mummification process will be revealed in technologically-advanced detail with the arrival of Mummy: Secrets of the Tomb at ArtScience Museum™ at Marina Bay Sands. Mummy: Secrets of the Tomb is an exhibition pairing mummies and artifacts culled from the extensive and famed Egyptian collection of the British Museum with an innovative 3D film experience.

(Photo Credit: Marcus Cyon)

What to expect

Other than providing a detailed look at the mummification process and wide collection of rare artifacts and mummies, the exhibition will explore the mysterious rituals of life, death and the afterlife in ancient Egypt. Mummy: Secrets of the Tomb will allow visitors a rare, detailed, interactive and technologically-advanced glimpse into the ancient Egyptian civilisation unlike anything presented in Singapore and Southeast Asia previously.

The centrepiece of Mummy: Secrets of the Tomb is Nesperennub, a temple priest who lived 3,000 years ago and died at about the age of 40.

A groundbreaking 3D film capturing the “virtual unwrapping” of the Egyptian mummy will be displayed concurrently with Nesperennub. The mummy of Nesperennub remains in its original cartonnage coffin and has never been opened. The “virtual unwrapping” is made possible thanks to the most advanced and cutting-edge scanning technology used in modern medicine. As a result, there are more insights on Nesperennub‟s life and death, digital reconstruction of his facial features 3,000 years ago and in his current mummified state.  Most amazingly, these vivid and breathtaking graphics were retrieved without opening the coffin or disturbing the wrappings of Nesperennub.

Mummy: Secrets of the Tomb will showcase more than 100 stunning artifacts and six mummies in total. Included in the artifacts is a statuette of the Egyptian god Amun-Ra in bronze from 664-305 BC, a figurine of the Egyptian god Seth dating back to 1295-1069 BC. Among the other mummies on display in the exhibition is the mummy of Tjayasetimu, a child singer in the temple of Amun who died young, around 800 BC. Her carefully embalmed body has been enclosed in a cartonnage case representing her with the golden face of a divine being, and with her hands, feet and arms partly freed from the traditional mummy wrappings. Also on display in the exhibition are mummies of animals, such as that of a kitten and an Ibis bird from the Roman Period (after 30 BC).

In keeping with ArtScience Museum‟s commitment to providing interactive programming, Mummy: Secrets of the Tomb will deliver a host of engaging and hands-on opportunities for visitors of all ages to enhance their exhibition experience. This includes an interactive Embalming Workshop which complements the exhibition‟s detailed look at ancient Egyptian beliefs and practices related to the afterlife. The workshop will shed light on the various steps and rituals that comprised the embalming, mummification, and cartonnage procedures of the time.

Family visitors will also be able to take part in a specially-designed exhibition quest through age-appropriate activity bags containing a host of engaging activities and tools directly related to the artifacts on display. Among these are jigsaw puzzles, creative games, and magnifying glasses to help young Egyptologists complete various challenges. The activity bags are complimentary for ticket-holders.

(Photo Credit: williamcho)

Ticketing details

You can purchase tickets to Mummy: Secrets of the Tomb through various channels.
  1. Online: Marina Bay Sands website
  2. Ticketing Hotline: +65 6688 8826
  3. Marina Bay Sands Box Offices
  • ArtScience Museum Lobby
  • Concierge Desk, Hotel Lobby Tower 1
  • Concierge Desk, Hotel Lobby Tower 3
  • Retail Concierge, The Shoppes L1
  • SkyPark Ticketing Counter, Tower 3 B1
  • Theater, The Shoppes B1

Pricing of the tickets are as follow:

Category Price
Adult S$15
Senior (65 years and above) S$14
Child (2-12 years) S$9

For more information about ArtScience Museum and current exhibitions, please visit the museum's website here.

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