This past weekend I was in Chicago for a family wedding and decided to go down a day early to spend some time at the Field Museum! I thought I would share some things I found interesting throughout their Egyptian exhibitions and film.
This first image is one that I find highly amusing! The first time I was at the Field Museum several years ago, I was given a tour from one of the curators. The first thing that she wanted to show me was the bust in the Egyptian exhibit. She called it “their own Michael Jackson”! I still find it interesting that the Field Museum receives requests from museums around the country to have this bust on loan because of the resemblance to the King of Pop.
In one of there temporary exhibits on the second floor of the Museum is currently “Images of the Afterlife.” You can click here for the link for more information on it! The exhibit shows the use of CT scans and 3D imaging to reveal secrets about the mummies, such as what they looked like when the lived. My personal favorite section of this exhibit involved a hands-on activity. Visitors were encouraged to use a video game controller to manipulate a 3D rendering of one of the mummies in the room. I was able to rotate the mummy 360 degrees and zoom in and out of the mummies casket into the mummy itself! It was fascinating to see the details that were gained through CT scans.
Here are are few more images from the main Egyptian exhibit! The second image is from “inside the tomb” that you are able to walk through. The museum recreated the tomb of Unis-ankh; they purchased two of the chambers of the limestone tomb and shipped them to Chicago. In this tomb you are able to climb to the top and look at the types of construction techniques that were used to erect the structure.
If you have never been to the field museum, I would greatly recommend it!