‘Lost Egypt’ exhibit uncovered at OMSI

See exclusive photos, as the curator moves a real human mummy into its temporary resting place – just prior to the new exhibit opening this weekend. It’s a ‘sneak-peek’ of this fascinating exhibition, opening January 30, that you won’t see anywhere else …

Mimi Leveque, conservator of the mummy and sarcophagus going on display at OMSI’s new “Lost Egypt” exhibit, pauses for a photo with “Annie” outside the tomb.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
Starting Saturday, January 29, visitors to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) can discover the mysteries of ancient Egypt, in the new exhibit Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science.

When we arrived at OMSI, Mimi Leveque, conservator of the mummy they’ve named “Annie” and her sarcophagus, was about to move her into her OMSI resting place.

“In the past, historians and scientists would unroll mummies in an attempt to learn more about them,” Leveque told us. “Using modern technology, I think it’s extraordinary the amount of information that now can be revealed from these objects without damaging them.”

“Annie” is carefully moved into her tomb display by Mimi Leveque and OMSI team members – and will be on display from January 29 through May, 2011

Employed by the Peabody Essex Museum – in Salem, Massachusetts – Leveque said she has been retained to travel with the touring exhibit. “It’s very exciting to be involved with this project.”

“The exhibition is divided into four main content areas,” OMSI’s spokesman, Lee Dawson explained. “Each area provides unique insights into ancient Egyptian culture and the archeological process.”

“Lost Egypt” runs through May, Dawson said, and entry to the exhibit is included with regular admission. OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Avenue. For general information, call (503) 797-4000, or visit their website: CLICK HERE.

© 2011 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News

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