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Egyptian mummy making its way to Okinawa museum

Date Posted: 2010-06-24

A real Egyptian mummy is about to take up residence for the summer at the Okinawa Prefecture Museum.

The mummy—actually one of several in the Netherland Leiden Museum Collection—goes on view tomorrow at the museum, where the exhibition will remain until August 20th. The Netherland Leiden Museum Collection with its more-than-200 items dating back more than 2,000 years, is making its first visit to Japan, coming from an exhibition in Canada’s Quebec Culture Museum, where it attracted more than 300,000 visitors.

There are two mummies in good condition; this particular one was sent to the world of spirits with a golden mask covering its face. Visitors can see the mummy, laying in a three-fold sarcophagus coffin, beginning tomorrow. There are also tools on display that the ancient Egyptians used to prepare the mummy.

The Leiden Museum Collection is at the Okinawa Prefecture Museum in the 3rd floor special projects exhibition room. Admission fee is ¥1,200 for adults, ¥800 for high school and university students, and ¥600 for elementary and junior high school students. The Okinawa Prefectural Museum is located in Omoromachi, Naha City, next to San-A Main Place department store. Free parking is available for 180 cars in front of the museum.

To get to Omoromachi, travel south on Highway 58 to Naha City. Turn left at the traffic light next to the former Ekka Hotel. Continue straight until you see the limestone building on the left.

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