The latest exhibit at the downtown West Palm Beach’s Norton Museum of Art, “To Live Forever: Egyptian Treasures from the Brooklyn Museum” features more than 100 objects on loan from the Brooklyn Museum’s world-renowned holdings of ancient Egypt. Some of the pieces date back more than 5,000 years, including a real mummy.

The highlight of To Live Forever is The Mummy of Demetri[o]s, a 130-lb. mummy that dates back to the Roman Period, 50-100 C.E.  The mummy is made of wood, painted cloth, gold and human remains and is entirely wrapped, a rarity because most mummies were excavated by grave robbers searching for treasure.

Some other priceless objects includes the Bird Lady – one of the oldest preserved statues in Egyptian history; a painted limestone of Queen Neferu; the elaborately painted shroud of Neferhotep; a gilded mummy mask of a man; and a gold amulet representing the human soul.

The Norton Museum is also organizing a series of special events and lectures related to the show:

Saturday, February 26 and Saturday, April 30 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Walk like an Egyptian. Part of the museum’s Family Day, gives families the opportunity to learn about the myths and legends of the Pharaohs and create their own Egyptian artifacts.

Sunday, February 27 at 3:00 p.m. Classical and Folkloric Music of Egypt, a concert exploring Egyptian musical traditions and Arabic classical music and composers.

March 5-6, A Night at the Museum: 40 Winks with the Sphinx will be Norton’s first-ever sleepover for children first through sixth grade, their parents or guardians. Guests are invited to spend the entire night or enjoy the evening activities from 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 13 at 3:00 p.m. Perry Hunt, associate conservator at the North Carolina Museum of Art will present Painting for Pharaohs, a lecture on the materials, tools and techniques used by the artisans who created the treasures of Ancient Egypt

Sunday, March 27 at 3:00 p.m. Archeologist Dr. Kathlyn M. Cooney, star of the Discovery Channel series Out of Egypt and consultant to the TV series Lost discusses the elaborate funerary practices of rich and poor ancient Egyptians in Out of (and into) Egypt

To Live Forever runs now through May 8. Admission is: $12 Adults, $5 visitors ages 13-21; Free for Members & children under 13 years. The museum is open everyday except Mondays and major holidays.

The Norton Museum of Art is 5 minutes walking distance from Grandview Gardens Bed & Breakfast and Vacation Homes

The above text has been partially taken from “Visitor’s Guide to West Palm Beach“, a guide to West Palm Beach presented CityPlace South Tower.