KITCHENER, ON, July 29th, 2014 – THEMUSEUM announced today a new collaboration with the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) to bring a three thousand year old mummy called “Justine” to display at its new Unwrapping Egypt exhibition. Unwrapping Egypt is on now and runs until February 2015 and features over 400 museum-quality replica artifacts focusing on the world-famous tomb of King Tutankhamun.
Justine is part of the ROM’s world-renowned Egypt collection and was acquired by the Museum more than one hundred years ago. The Mummy and coffin were found at Deir el-Bahari in Egypt and excavated in 1904 by Edouard Naville, a colleague of the ROM’s first Director, Charles Trick Currelly. Justine was named by Gayle Gibson, a ROM Egyptologist, and is believed to be the wife of a wab-priest in the 21st or 22nd dynasty of Egypt and to have died in her late 20s.
“There is a great synergy in all of this, especially in the 100 year anniversary of the Royal Ontario Museum”, said David Marskell, CEO THEMUSEUM. “The ROM has been a great supporter of THEMUSEUM on many occasions and we’re proud to be sharing part of their collection with our visitors.”
“The ROM is proud to partner with THEMUSEUM to bring an intriguing part of our Egyptian collection to their new exhibition. As we celebrate the ROM’s Centennial, it was important for us to find new ways to highlight the ROM’s stories and objects beyond our gallery walls,” said Janet Carding, ROM Director & CEO. “We are absolutely delighted to share Justine and her fascinating story with Kitchener and the surrounding communities.”
THEMUSEUM will be announcing details in the autumn for two people to win a trip to Egypt, including a stay in Cairo, a several night cruise down the Nile and a visit to Justine’s home near the Valley of the Kings. Unwrapping Egypt continues through February 2015.
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THEMUSEUM is a private not for profit organization located in downtown Kitchener, Ontario. THEMUSEUM opened its doors in September 2003 and has since provided fresh cultural content from around the globe as well as interactive intersections of art, science, and technology. THEMUSEUM is a hub for creative thinking and inspired play. Featuring five levels of interaction THEMUSEUM has something for the entire family and loves to awe, inspire and enlighten its visitors. www.THEMUSEUM.ca
The Royal Ontario Museum is an agency of the Government of Ontario. Opened in 1914, Canada ’s largest museum of natural history and world cultures has six million objects in its collections and galleries showcasing art, archaeology and natural science. The ROM is the largest field research institution in the country, and a world leader in research areas from biodiversity, palaeontology, and earth sciences to archaeology, ethnology and visual culture - originating new information towards a global understanding of historical and modern change in culture and environment. For 24-hour information in English and French, please call 416.586.8000 or visit the ROM’s web site at www.rom.on.ca. Tickets are available online at www.rom.on.ca.