Mummy: Secrets of the Tomb & Lego Art of the Brick – Interesting Learning Experience at ArtScience Museum Exhibitions

4 June, 2013

For the first time in Southeast Asia, secrets of the mysterious Egyptian burial practices and mummification process will be revealed in ArtScience Museum’s latest exhibition – Mummy: Secrets of the Tomb.  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.

Mummy: Secrets of the Tomb at ArtScience Museum (April 2013 – Nov 2013)

Your “Mummy” experience at the ArtScience Museum will begin with a 3D film experience which captures the “virtual unwrapping” of the 3,000-year mummy of Egyptian priest Nesprerennub – whose original cartonnage coffin has never been opened – to unveil the story of his life and death, complete with a digital reconstruction of his facial appearance.  Do note that there is limited seating for the 30-minute 3D film showing.  There are shows at the top and bottom of each hour so please plan your arrival at the Mummy: Secrets of the Tomb exhibition entrance at least 10-15 minutes before your booked slot to avoid disrupting the viewing pleasure of others.  The 3D glasses for the 3D film are yours for the keeping as a cool souvenir after the show!

Marina Bay Sands Art Science Museum Mummy Secrets of the Tomb Nesperennub 3D Film Experience

The show is unlike other boring documentary – you will get a preview of what life was like during Nesprerennub‘s time and how the Egyptians preserve his body through a very rigorous mummification process although one funny and interesting thing happened during the process – I shall leave it as a surprise for you to find out. 🙂

After the show, you will be ushered to the exhibition which displays over 100 artifacts, including 6 exceptionally preserved mummies from the extensive and famed Egyptian collection of the British Museum. The exhibition will explore the mysterious rituals of life, death and the afterlife in ancient Egypt.

Included in the artifacts is a statuette of the Egyptian god Amun-Ra in bronze from 664 – 305 BC.  According to ancient Egyptian beliefs, Amun (which means “the hidden one‟) was merged with the sun-god Ra to acquire the status of supreme creator-deity, the King of the Gods. This bronze statuette shows the god in human form, wearing his characteristic twin-feathered headdress.  There are also many other statues of Egyptian gods in the exhibition which if you played video or computer games revolving around these characters e.g. Age of Empires, you might be able to recognise some of them!

Besides the 3D film and the artifacts exhibition, it was interesting how ArtScience Museum took the additional step to engage visitors of all ages in a host of hands-on activities 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 made available to visitors during their stay within Mummy: Secrets of the Tomb and are complimentary for ticket-holders.

Ticket pricings for Adults start at $13 for Singapore residents and $15 for others.  Senior citizens and children enjoy concessionary rates.  Do check out dual-exhibition rates which allow you to check out 2 exhibitions at ArtScience Museum with a discount.  For more information, see:

Do note that Photography and filming are strictly prohibited in Mummy: Secrets of the Tomb.

Mummy of Nesperennub in cartonnage case

Picture courtesy of ArtScience Museum.

Featuring 21 gallery spaces totaling 50,000 square feet, the boldly iconic lotus-inspired ArtScience Museum is also the premier venue for major international touring exhibitions from the most renowned collections in the world. Since it opened in 2011, ArtScience Museum has been home to some of the best-attended exhibitions in Singapore, including “Titanic:The Artifact Exhibition”, “Harry Potter: The Exhibition”, “Andy Warhol: 15 Minutes Eternal”; “Dali: Mind of a Genius”.

Mummy: Secrets of the Tomb” will be the thirteenth exhibition to be staged at ArtScience Museum.  One other very successful exhibition was the recently-ended (on 29 May) “The Art of the Brick”

The Art of the Brick at ArtScience Museum (Ended)

Nathan Sawaya creates masterpieces that transform LEGO® brick into art. The Art of the Brick at ArtScience Museum is the first major museum exhibition to use the popular toy as the sole art medium. Featuring the largest collection of Sawaya’s work ever displayed, highlights include the iconic sculpture Yellow and for the first time ever – a sculpture of the ArtScience Museum.

Nathan Sawaya’s ability to transform these popular toy building blocks into something meaningful, his devotion to spatial perfection and the way he conceptualizes action enables him to elevate a toy for children into art. According to the artist, “The museum exhibit is accessible because it engages the child in all of us…My hope is that families will come to see the art, and then leave with discussions of complex concepts.”

The art of the brick Marina Bay Sands Art Science Museum Lego

Anyone who has ever snapped together (or even stepped on) a couple of LEGO® bricks needs to visit “The Art of the Brick” exhibition as I am sure it will evoke fond memories of playing with these bricks (or otherwise if you only remembered stepping on them – there is a “foot reflexology” corner made only of LEGO® bricks at the end of the exhibition for you to relive those memories).  Another must-see in the exhibition has to be the 6-meter long T-rex dinosaur skeleton!

You are also welcome to take pictures of the LEGO® structures by Nathan Sawaya at this exhibition.  These pictures can perhaps serves as inspiration for you to take your old tub of LEGO® bricks and start creating the next dinosaur! 🙂


Zhiqiang & Tingyi

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