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The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis’ Extraordinary Collaboration Results in 2009 Egyptian – Indianapolis Showcase June 2, 2008

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“Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs” and new Children’s Museum permanent exhibit featuring Egypt to open in Indianapolis in June 2009

INDIANAPOLIS – What began as a joint effort with world-renowned archaeologist Dr. Zahi Hawass, the National Geographic Society and The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis to produce a new traveling exhibit in 2002 has developed into an extraordinary partnership with Egypt’s First Lady Suzanne Mubarak and the real “Indiana Jones” of modern Egypt, Dr. Zahi Hawass, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Egypt.

As a result, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis will host Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs for four months beginning in late June 2009; the museum will open a new $8 million permanent exhibit Global Perspectives featuring modern Egypt, also opening in June, 2009; and the museum will continue its successful collaboration with the country of Egypt to ultimately develop a new children’s museum in Cairo.

Treasures from King Tut’s tomb and other Pharaohs and Notables to be showcased
Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs will present more than 130 matchless treasures from the tomb of the celebrated pharaoh King Tut and additional ancient sites to visitors of The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis from June 2009 through the end of October 2009. Nearly 4 million people visited an earlier King Tut exhibition, Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs during a four-city U.S. tour from 2005 to 2007.

Dr. Jeffrey Patchen, president and CEO of The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, “Our ability to secure this magnificent exhibit in Indianapolis evolved through our ongoing partnership with Dr. Zahi Hawass.”

New Global Perspectives exhibit offers interactive experiences of modern-day Egypt
When it opens in June 2009, the new Global Perspective exhibit will allow visitors to “arrive” in modern Egypt and experience city and rural life with all of their traditions and celebrations. Visitors will have the opportunity to shop in a modern marketplace, understand how the environment and its care are crucial to modern Egyptians, participate in a traditional Egyptian celebration, and learn about Egyptian music and artistic traditions.

John Lechleiter, president and chief operating officer for Eli Lilly and Company, said, “Global Perspectives will be a powerful, invaluable opportunity allowing millions of families to feel they have left Indianapolis and are actually participating in the daily life of a new culture. “The exhibit will foster understanding in a way that goes far beyond textbooks, television or even the Internet.”

Planning for the new $8 million 13,000 square-foot international changing exhibition space started in 2003. Global Perspectives opens in June 2009. Every two to three years, the exhibition’s focus will change to another culture.

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis helps design new Suzanne Mubarak Children’s Museum in Cairo
In commenting on the collaboration between The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and the planned Suzanne Mubarak Children’s Museum, First Lady Mubarak said, “The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is giving us a wonderful message and service for family-oriented museums. We do hope that we’ll be able to gain and learn and share the experiences of your museum, and in a sense, enrich our own museum.”

Mubarak is known throughout Egypt for her dedication to children, libraries and women’s issues, and she views revising the current children’s museum as an extension of her work and commitment on behalf of children. She said, “We want to share with Egyptian children and make them understand there are other cultures and values out there; but at the end of the day, we all share the same values. We want to care for each other, love each other and live in a peaceful world. And that is our message.”

Hawass said, “Mrs. Mubarak would like this museum to be the best for children and families, and this is why we need The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.” The new Suzanne Mubarak Children’s Museum will be the beneficiary of The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis’ approach to family learning across the sciences, arts and humanities. The new museum is being planned on the site of an existing children’s museum that is 15 years old.

Patchen and Jennifer Pace-Robinson, Vice President of Experience Development and Family Learning The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis are serving as exhibit design advisors and continue to meet with Mubarak and Hawass to discuss proposed exhibit themes. Patchen and Robinson have also reviewed preliminary plans for the architecture and exhibit layout at the new museum and early designs including a ground floor exhibit based around three seasons with a hands-on area, activities table and a touch screen.

“It was such an honor to be invited to meet with Her Excellency,” Patchen said, “We are extending our reach far beyond the boundaries of the United States to benefit the children of Egypt. Sharing The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis’ approach to family learning with Her Excellency, touring Egypt to assist in the creation of a permanent exhibit here that shows Egyptian life today in Global Perspectives, and having the King Tut exhibit in Indiana is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

Tutankhamun: The Golden King and The Great Pharaohs is organized by National Geographic, AEG Exhibitions, and Arts and Exhibitions International, with cooperation from the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities. Global Perspectives, a permanent exhibit developed by The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is made possible through funding from The Eli Lilly and Co. Foundation and The Lilly Endowment, Inc.

Contact:
Donna Lolla
Director of Public and Media Relations
(317) 334-4003
(317) 363-9840
DonnaL@ChildrensMuseum.org

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