A couple of weeks ago, I was lucky enough to accompany some of our Year 7 students to the Melbourne Tutankhamun Exhibition. We had a wonderful day learning more about Tutankhamun and Ancient Egypt, and it was a fabulous way to launch our boys into their Explore study of Ancient Civilisations.
I asked one of our students for his reflections of the day, and here’s what he had to say:
Year 7 Marcellin CollegeTutankhamun Exhibition 2011
On the 5th of May, the classes of 7.5, 7.6, 7.7, 7.8, 7.9 travelled to IMAX and the Melbourne Museum to experience a 3D movie at IMAX and visited the Tutankhamun Exhibition from National Geographic. The Year 7’s travelled to the Carlton Gardens by bus in the morning . As soon as we arrived, we moved into the IMAX theatre to watch an Egyptian movie to kick off our day. It was called Egypt 3D: The Secrets Of The Mummies. The movie was about how the Ancient Egyptians mummified the dead and the history and how the archaeologists came to finding the remains and secrets of Ancient Egypt. The movie was a good one overall and gave us an insight on how things worked back in those years way before us. After that we took a break and had some lunch at the park, which was a good experience because we got to know each other a bit more. Following this, we walked back into the Melbourne Museum and waited in line for the exhibition of the famous boy king, Tutankhamun. When we walked inside, the first thing we saw was a short film on what we were about to see. The exhibition was a walk through type of experience. It contained all the original artefacts and treasures of the tomb Tutankhamun was found in. Then we saw Tutankhamun’s possessions throughout his childhood. Seeing as these things were more than 2500 years old, it was pretty impressive they were in one piece. The art back then was very delicate and detailed and the handwork was just amazing. One thing I noticed was all the possessions were not perfect, that is because they did not have the tools 2500 years ago that we have today. All the patterning was unique because of the “not perfect” lines and colours. But this did not matter because it made it look so much more special. After all this, we did not get the chance to see Tutankhamun but that did not matter because we saw artefacts that we have heard of, but have not ever seen. That was the end of our day trip and the experience was different but a great experience at the same time.
Written by Curtis, Year 7
On the day I bought Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs for our Library. The book is the official companion book to the exhibition, written by Zahi Hawass and published by National Geographic. It is a beautiful book, with full colour photographs and lots of fantastic information. It covers life during Tutankhamun’s life and the discovery of his tomb as well as what tests on his mummified body has revealed. It’s a fascinating book and well worth while having a look at. It’s currently available from the Library so come in and have a browse.