The Mummy: Fact & Fiction

Thursday, January 26 | 6-8:30 pm
Included with museum admission | MAG Auditorium

In the 1999 film The Mummy, American adventurer Rick O’Connell joins librarian and aspiring Egyptologist Evelyn Carnahan and her brother, Jonathan, on the journey of a lifetime. Along the way, they accidentally awaken a mummy who begins to wreak havoc as he searches for the reincarnation of his long-lost love.

For more than twenty years, this movie has been enjoyed by all audiences, but how accurate is it? Is there really a “Book of the Dead?” Could Ancient Egyptians bring people back to life? What is the significance of Egyptian cultural masks? What’s with all the scarabs? Are archaeologists and Egyptologists frequently in danger in real life?

Join us as we screen The Mummy and watch it alongside Dr. Alex Smith, Archaeologist, and Dr. Rozenn Bailleul-LeSuer, Egyptologist, who will let us know which aspects of the film are accurate, how ancient Egyptian artifacts need to be cared for, and a little history behind the thrilling and mystifying world of mummies.