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Quest for Immortality
The Hidden Treasure of Ancient Egypt
The 4th Special Exhibition Gallery, Life Science Hall
October 15, 2011 - February 12, 2012

History buffs in Central Taiwan will not need to travel to Europe or Egypt to get a peek into the life and culture of ancient Egypt when the unprecedented exhibition of mummies, a reproduction of a pharaoh's burial chamber and hundreds of historical Egyptian relics opens in the National Museum of Natural Science October 15 as the second stop of a planned two-year tour in Asia.

The exhibition titled "Quest for Immortality" will give visitors a rare glimpse into the history of ancient Egypt with 268 artifacts spanning a period of 6000 years, including an uncovered mummy. Most of the items are on loan from the Bolton Museum in the UK, including some that have never been exhibited outside the museum before, according to the China Times Group, the main sponsor and co-organizer of the exhibition.

Quest for Immortality - The Hidden Treasure of Ancient Egypt features 268 items that date from 4000 BC to 800 AD, and illustrates life before the pharaohs, fashion, religious beliefs, monuments, the afterlife and the daily life of the people of ancient Egypt.

Mummy Prince
Wax Prince
A Rammesside mummy dated to the 19th Dynasty (1295 BC to 1186 BC) is a remarkable object, both to look at and to learn about. The blackened figure is now thought to be a son the powerful pharaoh Ramesses II, having been identified as such in 2008 after spending nearly 80 years as part of Bolton Museum's permanent collection. The mummy prince was unwrapped and sent to the Tri-Service General Hospital to be scanned with the tree-dimensional model technology in a process that reveals his physical appearance before death. With this help, the famous sculptor Lin Chian-cheng finished the wax figure of the prince, which is the first time on display.

Golden Death Mask
Carved Stone
Other highlights are a golden death mask for a mummy that can be dated back to 30 BC, three carved stones that are believed to be more than 4,000 years old, and a full-scale reconstruction of the burial chamber of the tomb of Thutmose III, which provides a hint of the dark, dank underground spaces covered in mystic symbols that the preserved corpses of the powerful in ancient Egypt resided in, supposedly for eternity.

Tomb of Thutmose III

This is a good chance for locals to get to know more about the origins of human culture.

  • The exhibition will be on view until February 12, 2012. (Mondays and Chinese New Year's Eve closed)
  • Last admission: 4:30pm
  • Price: Adult NT$250; Student NT$220; Group of 30 or more NT$180
  • Please call 04-23177373, fax 04-23170231, or visit for more detailed information.

Quest for Immortality-The Hidden Treasure of Ancient Egypt is a prestigious touring exhibition organized by United Exhibits Group (UEG) in cooperation with China Media Times.