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frequent aspect of Egyptian culture. The visitor is lead through a less cramped exhibit of the every day live of an ancient Egyptian. There is a display in which one can “envision himself as an Egyptian”: the visitor can put his face up to a pane of glass, behind which is a model of an Egyptian face. The visitor is shown how he would look as a typical ancient Egyptian. This exhibit, while interesting and entertaining, has very little to do with every day life of the ancient Egyptian. Through out the exhibit, there are few artifacts, and even less information on the daily events of an ancient Egyptian. Two to three small, five-foot tall walls are painted with cartoon images of different scenarios that were “typical” of ancient Egyptian culture. This exhibit pales in

comparison to the pyramid exhibit of ancient Egyptian life. In an attempt to give a complete view of ancient Egyptian culture, the Field Museum falls short. The impression that the museum gives to an uninformed visitor is that Ancient Egyptians spent most of their life preparing themselves for death and the afterlife. This is due to the set up of the Ancient Egyptian exhibit; the after life exhibit is put before the daily life exhibit, thereby making the afterlife more important and prominent. In addition to the difference in location, another aspect of the Ancient Egypt exhibit promotes the emphasis on the afterlife and gives a biased view of the entire culture of the Ancient Egyptians. As one enters the pyramids, there are numerous informative historical plaques that give

detailed information about the artifact or aspect of Egyptian life it is explaining. In contrast, the daily life exhibit gives little or no information on the daily life of the ancient Egyptians. As the visitor walks into the pyramid, he is presented with a plaque describing the hieroglyphics on the wall. The visitor is given a sense of the significance of the hieroglyphics, the meaning of them and the era in which they were written. Farther into the exhibit, there were plaques describing the significance and the role of the jars which contained the organs of the person being mummified. Some plaques described the hieroglyphics inside of the wooden cases that the mummies were placed, before being buried in the large stone tombs. This kind of informative plaques was given for

several, if not all, of the exhibits in the pyramid. On the contrary, in the daily life exhibit of the ancient Egyptians, there were no plaques having as extensive information as in the pyramid. Of the few plaques that were in the daily life exhibit, they consisted of only the name of the object and the date that it was presumed to come from. Information maybe have been extracted from the five feet tall walls that were scattered through out the small exhibit: one of such walls shows a cartoon like scene of a man kneeling and holding up a cup. In front of him was a man holding a pitcher filled with some liquid. In between the men was a little description of the scene that said something to the extent of: ‘the man kneeling is at a bar and has been drinking. He is drunk and is

thirsty for more! The bartender is going to pour him another drink.’ The purpose of this exhibit in the daily life exhibit seems fairly trivial and is not portrayed in the serious and informative manner as exhibits are portrayed in the pyramid. There are no plaques giving any further information such as the kinds of drinks served, the way a typical bar may have looked, or even the utensils used to serve the alcohol (i.e.: what the pitcher may have looked like), perhaps. Therefore, although the museum attempts to give the visitors an overview of ancient Egyptian culture, it gives numerous detailed descriptions of the procedures, significance, and roles that the artifacts in the pyramids played in ancient Egyptian life, yet gives very little or no information as to the daily life

of the ancient Egyptian. The historical plaques in the pyramid are far more extensive than the few historical plaques in the daily life of an ancient Egyptian exhibit. This lack of sufficient information in the daily life exhibit further fosters a bias towards the importance of the ancient Egyptian techniques for preparing themselves for the afterlife, rather than giving the visitor a balanced view of Egyptian culture. Another aspect of the exhibit that gives the false impression of an Egyptian culture that is infatuated with death is the atmosphere of each exhibit. In the pyramid, the artifacts and exhibit are displayed in an orderly, informative manner. There is information about each artifact, and the majority of the artifacts are enclosed in cases so that they are not