Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

October 20, 2021
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Build it and they will come

What does an almost $100 million museum reno get you? Well, if you’re Oxford University’s Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology in the UK, it’ll get you 39 new galleries and four times the amount of museum goers you’re used to, or 1.2 million visitors within the revamp's first year. Money well spent. The $8-million phase two of the revamp was revealed in November: six new galleries for the museum’s Egyptian and Nubian collections, which feature objects that have been in storage for decades, some since WWII, more than doubling the number of mummies and coffins on display. The collections have been amassed over 300 years (the museum was founded in 1683) and include 40,000 artifacts that chronicle 5000 years of human occupation of the Nile Valley. Highlights include the carved sandstone Shrine of Taharqa, which dates to 680 BCE; the nested coffins and mummy of Djeddjehutyiuefankh; a wall painting depicting Akhenaten and Nefertiti relaxing with two of their daughters; and the largest collection of ostraca (chips of stone on which villagers drew and wrote) in the world. Until March 4, 2012, the museum will also host 20 works by Angela Palmer, which give visitors an intimate glimpse beneath the wrappings of a child mummy. Admission to the museum is free.

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