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World class museum in the heart of Birmingham city centre.

Chamberlain Square

Birmingham, B3 3DH

0121 348 8038

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Award-winning science museum for fun-packed family days out.

Millennium Point, Curzon Street

Birmingham, B4 7XG

0121 348 8000

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Explore the splendour of one of the last great houses built in the Jacobean style.

Trinity Road, Aston

Birmingham, B6 6JD

0121 348 8100

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Discover a fine Tudor house and beautiful gardens just a few miles from the heart of the city.

Blakesley Road

Birmingham, B25 8RN

0121 348 8120

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A perfectly preserved workshop in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter.

75-80 Vyse Street

Birmingham, B18 6HA

0121 348 8140

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A 250 year old working watermill famous for its association with author J.R.R Tolkien.

Cole Bank Road

Birmingham, B13 0BD

0121 348 8160

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Georgian home of the Birmingham industrialist, Matthew Boulton.

Soho Avenue (off Soho Road)

Birmingham, B18 5LB

0121 348 8150

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The ruins of an exquisite fortified manor house built 750 years ago.

Alwold Road

Birmingham, B29

0121 348 8160

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25 Oct 2016

‘Mummy-mania’ set to bring visitors to Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery’s Egyptian Gallery

An alignment of Sunday night TV drama, Hallowe’en and an age-old enthusiasm for all things slightly macabre has curators in Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery’s Egyptian gallery braced for a veritable Ra-ce of visitors during October half-term!

“Inevitably, when Sunday night period drama focuses on a particular theme, the public’s interest is engaged and they often head out to find out more – with the new ‘Tutankhamun’ mini-series set to be next in line to fill the Downton Abbey void, we’re expecting a resurgence of interest in ancient Egypt – already perennially popular – over the coming weeks and months,” comments curator of world cultures at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Adam Jaffer.

While the TV documentary explores the journey followed by archaeologist Howard Carter to find the tomb of the young pharaoh, it is the process by which his remains were preserved that provides eternal fascination amongst younger visitors. The museum’s displays about mummification – which include grave items to demonstrate the process that the ancient Egyptians followed to prepare for the afterlife – explain how death was viewed in Egyptian culture.

“We have superb examples of mummification on display: including a Graeco-Roman mummy dating to around 300AD,” adds Adam. “This was donated to the museum in 1894 – 28 years before Howard Carter discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun – and although 1600 years ‘younger’ than Tutankhamun’s mummy, it shows in wonderful detail the elaborate binding that is characteristic of the 21st Dynasty, including gilded terracotta studs.”

Visitors over half term can take inspiration from the pattern of the mummy’s bandages – which cover the body of a man aged around 30 – when creating their own costumes for Halloween parties or trick-or-treating, although curators caution against the full body bandage effect, as it can be very difficult to move with both arms and legs fastened tight to the body!

A great opportunity to try out mummy-style bandages will be the Monsters at the Museum fancy dress day at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery on Wednesday 26 October. Spooktacular activities will take place from 11am until 4pm and there will be a party from 12noon until 3pm. DJs, mummification shows and prizes for those in fancy dress makes it a fantastic warm-up for trick-or-treating on 31 October, and with free admission, it is a great way to spend a half-term afternoon.

Other half-term Hallowe’en highlights across Birmingham Museums Trust include a spooky science night at Thinktank on Saturday 29 October, including the spectacular ‘science of fright’ show, the family-friendly Aston Hall’oween at Aston Hall also on 29 October, with special adults-only Fright Nights from Friday 28 – Sunday 30 October, and a pumpkin flotilla at Sarehole Mill, taking place at twilight on Friday 28, Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 October.

For more information and to prebook tickets, please visit www.birminghammuseums.org.uk

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