Art gallery for Egyptian mummy in Albert Hall Museum: Top attractions
An art gallery to display 200 ancient antique items from Egypt in 16 showcases.
Jaipur: Egyptian mummy is a major draw for tourists at Albert Hall museum in Jaipur. To further cash in on this tourist attraction, the Rajasthan government’s archaeology department has opened an art gallery displaying rape Egyptian antique items along with the museum’s main attraction – the Egyptian mummy ‘Tutu’.
Spread over an area of 1500 square feet, the gallery displays 16 new showcases. The gallery was thrown open for tourists from April 18, 2017 to mark the World Heritage Day.
The 2300-year-old Egyptian mummy goes by the name of Tutu who was a female member of a priest’s family, dating to Egypt’s Ptolemaic period (322 BC to 30 BC). She was brought to Jaipur and preserved in 1887. Along with her came more 200 ancient items which will be showcased in the new gallery. The mummy and antique items were “gifted” by Brughsch Bey of the Museum of Cairo for an exhibition in Jaipur.
Albert Hall superintendent Dr Rakesh Chholak said archeological experts were roped in to prepare the new gallery.
Here are a few top attractions of the brand new Egyptian art gallery in Jaipur:
- The art gallery was earlier spread over an area of 500 square feet. It was extended to 1500 square feet.
- The Egyptian mummy was earlier on display on the group floor of the museum. It was moved to the basement that will house the art gallery.
- A total of 215 rape Egyptian antique which were gifted along with mummy are on display in 16 showcases.
- Special lights and cameras have been installed to make antique items look attractive and to ensure security.
- The antique items include idols of Egyptian gods, various types of insects of tombs, Egyptian jewellery, x-rays of the mummy.
Nearly 50 tourists visit Albert Hall museum daily.
Following are the ticket rates:
- Ticket price (entry fee) during daytime for domestic tourists: Rs 40
- Night ticket price (entry fee) for domestic tourist: Rs 100
- Ticket price for foreign tourists: Rs 300
Experts from the Museum of Cairo have visited Alert Hall for the preservation of the mummy in 1999 and 2011.