Egyptomania brings Ancient Egypt to life at Oakville Museum

Mon, 05 Oct 2015

Ancient Egypt takes over the Oakville Museum this month with Egyptomania – a fun and informative lineup of engaging Ancient Egypt activities and lectures for all ages.

Programs include a How to Write Hieroglyphs workshop, a Mummy Making workshop for kids, and an evening Egyptomania lecture and wine and cheese, along with a special exhibit of Egyptian-inspired artifacts and clothing. Oakville Museum is presenting Egyptomania through a partnership with Ancient Egypt Alive, a professional association devoted to education around Ancient Egypt.

“Ancient Egypt has always had a special allure with Oakville residents,” said Carolyn Cross, curator of collections at the Oakville Museum. “Many of our 1920s and 1930s exhibits demonstrate just how enamoured our early residents were with the art, style and culture of the Egyptians, so we are excited to bring Egyptomania back to Oakville this fall.”

Egyptomania runs concurrently with the From Oakville to Abydos exhibit at the Oakville Museum at Erchless Estate celebrating the life and art of Oakville Egyptologist Amice Calverley. The exhibit runs from October 23 to November 21, 2015.

“We are thrilled to bring Egyptomania to the beautiful Oakville Museum,” says Thomas Greiner, co-director of Ancient Egypt Alive. “Our events for kids and parents alike will strive to stoke the everlasting fascination in the lives of the ancient Egyptians – and also show the special connection between Canada and Egypt.”

Ancient Egypt events at the Oakville Museum include:

Write like an Egyptian: Hieroglyphs 101 (Age: 8+)

Friday, October 9, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Fee: $5, Maximum 24 participants. Call 905-338-4400 or email oakvillemuseum@oakville.ca to reserve your spot.

Fashion, Fantasy and Egyptomania in the 1920s: Wine and Cheese Lecture (Age 18+)

Friday, October 23, 7 to 9 p.m.
Free event. RSVP to oakvillemuseum@oakville.ca or call 905-338-4400.

Mummy Making Workshop (Age: 8-12)

Sunday, October 25, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Fee: $10, Maximum 24 participants. Call 905-338-4400 or email oakvillemuseum@oakville.ca to reserve your spot.

For more information and program descriptions visit the Oakville Museum page.