Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Museum: Lego museum in Cairo to encourage chidlren

Al Ahram Weekly (Nevine El-Aref)

To encourage children to explore the mysterious world of their ancient ancestors, the Egyptian Museum in Cairo has opened Egypt's first-ever children's Lego museum. Nevine El-Aref recaptures her childhood

A touring exhibition that has been travelling to museums and science centres across the globe has landed a permanent home at the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square.

In "Secrets of the Pharaohs", Egypt's ancient monuments have been rebuilt in the basement exhibition area of the museum -- entirely in Lego.

Scale models of some of the nation's best-loved ancient buildings have been refashioned in large, colourful Lego bricks and are on display at the cool-lit basement gallery. Here is the Great Sphinx sitting in front of the three Giza Pyramids; here a team of ancient builders construct a temple while artisans decorate its walls and a scribe squats with a sheaf of papers to record the scene. Here is the mask of the boy king Tutankhamun, as well as some of his funerary collection.

The exhibition combines the fun of the famous Lego building blocks that everyone played with as children and the colourful and amazing history of ancient Egypt.

1 comment:

Ingrid said...

We visited the children's museum of The Cairo Museum in mid-April 2010. It is Cairo's best-kept secret! Just go around the main building (outside) to the left back corner. Great layout, easy to follow, good lighting & labelling. Good for adults! The Lego models were an added bonus! Oh and did I mention that it's free?!