Mystery of the Albany Mummies Exhibition, Lectures

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albany mummy_9619 spr 9-21-09 vertIn conjunction with its newest exhibition The Mystery of the Albany Mummies, the Albany Institute of History & Art will host an international lecture series. The first lecture will take place on this Sunday, September 22, 2013, at 2 PM.

Dr. Peter Lacovara, Senior Curator of Ancient Egyptian, Nubian, and Near Eastern Art at the Michael C. Carlos Museum in Atlanta, and guest curator of the new exhibition, will explore how he helped solve the mystery of the Albany mummies, gathered objects from around the world to tell the story of Ankhefenmut and his coffin, and how the exhibition offers a window into the life in ancient Egypt’s 21st Dynasty. The lecture is free with museum admission.

The Mystery of the Albany Mummies is the largest exhibition on Ancient Egypt ever presented in New York’s Capital Region. Art and artifacts from around the world, combined with advanced medical technologies help unravel the mystery of the Albany Mummies. Acquired directly from the Cairo Museum in 1909, the Albany Institute’s mummies have kept secrets that only recently have been revealed. Visit the exhibition to discover how new research, new technologies, and a team of experts have helped uncover their hidden stories. Learn about their lives and the ancient practice of mummification.

The Mystery of the Albany Mummies lecture series features archaeologists, curators, and scholars from around the world who will share their insights into ancient Egyptian life, art, and funerary practices, as well as recent scientific revelations about the Albany mummies. This new information includes CT scans and X-rays done by Albany Medical Center in 2012. Upcoming speakers for 2013 are listed below. More speakers are scheduled for Winter/Spring 2014.

“Amenhotep’s Mask and His Book of the Dead” – Sunday, October 27, 2PM – Nicholas Reeves, Lila Acheson Wallace Associate Curator, Department of Egyptian Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art.

“Shadow of the Sphinx: Ancient Egypt and Its Influences” – Sunday, November 17, 2PM – Anna Tobin D’Ambrosio, Director, Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute Museum of Art.

“Reading Ancient Lives: Translating Hieroglyphs” – Sunday, December 8, 2PM – Joyce Haynes, Consultant Egyptologist.

The lecture series will be held at the Albany Institute of History & Art, located at 125 Washington Avenue in Albany, New York. The Mystery of the Albany Mummies exhibition runs from September 21, 2013 through June 8, 2014.

The museum is open Wednesday-Saturday 10AM-5PM, Thursdays until 8PM (starting October 2013) and Sunday Noon-5PM. On Tuesdays, the museum is open to registered groups only. The museum is closed on Mondays and major holidays. Admission is FREE for Albany Institute members; $10/adults; $8/seniors and students with ID; $6/children 6-12; FREE/children under 6. For more information, visit or call (518) 463-4478.

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