Tuesday, April 19, 2011

For the Locals: Treasures from Tutankhamun!

For lunch I recently visited the Tennessee State Museum. For those of you who have never been, it is located in the TPAC Building in downtown Nashville. You walk in the main entrance and off to the right are stairs that lead down into the floors of the museum. The best part is that it is free. I have spent many lunch hours there and love to discover new things every time I go. Just fyi, there is a fantastic permanent collection of Tennessee pottery.

Currently there is also an amazing traveling exhibit for all things Egyptian. The museum has done an excellent job with presentation. It is a three-part exhibition looking at the art, history, and culture of ancient Egypt and its influence on Tennessee. You can see it in the Changing Galleries (located on the bottom floor) until Sept. 4, 2011. I will definitely be taking the kids back for this one!

The exhibit, entitled Egyptian Relics, Replicas & Revivals: Treasures from Tutankhamun, features ancient artifacts from the Institute of Egyptian Art & Archaeology of the University of Memphis (IEAA/UM) and beautifully detailed replicas presented in the International Museum Institute of New York (IMINY) traveling exhibition, “Tutankhamun: ‘Wonderful Things’ from the Pharaoh’s Tomb.”

Tennessee State Museum
505 Deaderick Street
Nashville, TN 37243-1120


Open: Tuesday - Saturday:
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 to 5 p.m.
Closed: Mondays and four holidays: New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.

(615) 741-2692

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