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Review: Tutankhamen Family Fun Day

Georgina Hague takes five year old Harry on a Mummy’s day out

Written by . Published on December 14th 2010.


Review: Tutankhamen Family Fun Day

My five year old has the attention span of a gnat, so when I heard about the Tutankhamen exhibition at the Museum of Museums I was a little dubious about taking him.

Then I found out they were running family fun days every weekend up to Christmas. This I thought was the perfect opportunity to visit the exhibition. Maybe not only get the ‘fun’ part but also learn a little bit, with my son, of how Howard Carter found the extraordinary treasures of the burial chamber of Tutankhamen in 1922.

We arrived early on Saturday and I was given an audio description for adults and Harry was given one for children, we were then directed to a room where there were a number of activities that children could do before entering the exhibition.

There were actors on hand to entertain the children, bringing the exhibition to life. Harry started off his trip by being taught how to write his name in hieroglyphics and then got to play a game of memory with one of the actors which he found most entertaining.

We then moved on to the make and do table where Harry got to make his own amulet to keep him safe from the curse of Tutankhamen, he decided that he would make a scarab beetle with a woman dressed in full ancient Egyptian attire. Harry was very proud of his amulet and promptly hung it round his neck to keep him safe.

Before starting the exhibition we were given a map with a treasure trail that the children could follow to find the three ancient protectors of the tomb and which might keep them interested throughout.

We then had the option of waiting for the children’s tour but Harry was desperate to get into the exhibition and see the treasures. So we put our headphones on and the tour began.

The tour started off with an introduction to the Tutankhamen dynasty explaining about ancient Egypt, Harry was enthralled from the start. We then were moved on to learn about Howard Carter, which in my opinion was the most exciting part as we got to find out about how he had unearthed the treasures.

What was lovely to hear was when Harry asked me if he could grow up to be an archaeologist which showed how the children’s audio had been created in such a way it could fore the imagination of a five year old.

There was also a kids’ tour which was run by two actors dressed up as English explorers from the 1920s. One of the actors realised Harry’s obsession for war and took the time to explain about the Egyptian weapons and Tutankhamen’s chariot. Harry loved it.

At the end of the tour the explorers directed us to the Golden Pyramid where we could write down a wish – an ancient Egyptian magical Shabti wish. Harry wrote down how he wanted me to make him breakfast in bed. Then he was taken to the Golden Pyramid where he made his wish and the pyramid spoke to him – he was impressed with that.

As well has making the wish we were told we would be entered into a prize draw to win a holiday to Egypt. I wish I’d made him wish for that.

If you have a child aged between three and ten, King Tut, at the Museum of Museums, is a great trip out, even if your Shabti wish doesn’t come true.

Family Fun Days take place on Saturday 18 December, Sunday 19 December, and Wednesday 22 December. Normal ticket prices apply and children under 5 visit free. Places are very limited. To find out how to book simply click here.

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