Thursday, December 15, 2011

Plan to Visit the VMFA's "Mummy: Secrets of the Tomb"

Mac and I just went to see the latest blockbuster exhibit at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, "Mummy: Secrets of the Tomb," and it was great!

The exhibit starts with a fascinating 3-D Movie about the 3000-year old mummy and tomb of Nesperennub, a temple priest.  The documentary is narrated by Patrick Stewart, so Mac (who is a Star Trek fan!) was very excited about that!  The 3-D floating mummy at times did resemble the Enterprise!  The movie takes you into a 3-D tour of the interior of the mummy itself to discover how old Nesperennub was and perhaps how he died.  The movie also recreates an image of what he looked like when he was alive.

At the end of the film, the theatre doors automatically open to the exhibit itself.  Over 100 artifacts from the world-famous Egyptian collection of the British Museum are on display. We were awestruck by the detail of the large stone sculptures and tiny human figures.  It is also amazing how vivid the painted colors and imagery of the ancient coffins remain.  We also are always impressed at how the curators of the VMFA create such impressive galleries.  The dark brown walls and aqua blue display cases set off the ancient objects perfectly.  In addition, if you want to stay in "Egypt mode" you can explore the VMFA's own Ancient Egyptian Gallery, which is worth a trip in itself.  Of course, the shop at the end of the exhibit is quite good, and the VMFA's main shop never fails to disappoint.  To top the afternoon off, we had a delightful dinner at the museum's Amuse Cafe.

It is amazing that we can immerse ourselves in ancient Egypt within walking distance of Maury Place at Monument.  The exhibit runs through March 11, 2012.


Mac Pence and Jeff Wells
your Richmond Virginia Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers at Maury Place at Monument