Saturday, March 22, 2008

Exhibit: World of the Pharaohs, Idaho Falls

Idaho Statesman (Tim Woodward)

The artifacts in the new exhibit at the Museum of Idaho are so old, valuable and fragile that making cases good enough to protect them was so expensive, the exhibit almost was canceled.

That didn't happen - acceptable cases were purchased from a university and modified - and the ancient artifacts comprising the "World of the Pharaohs" exhibit attracted more than 10,000 visitors in its first two weeks.

The Idaho Falls museum is the exhibit's only venue in the Western United States. It will be there through November before continuing on to Ottawa, Canada, and two more U.S. stops during its four years on tour from Boston's Museum of Fine Arts.

"It's the most expensive exhibit we've ever had," Museum of Idaho Program Director Nick Gailey said. "It's also one of the most impressive."

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