Be Curious

be curiousAre you curious about the Grand Rapids Public Museum’s collections, where they come from and what they are used for?

The Museum has been collecting for almost 160 years and prides itself on being the community’s institution of collective memory – where people, their stories and things are gathered together and meaning is shared.

Now open, the Egypt: Be Curious exhibition showcases the Museum’s own collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts.

Discover how the Museum received these special gifts including the mummy, Nakhte-Bastet-Iru, and the exciting research that has helped us learn about her life. The collection includes reconstructions of Nakhte-Bastet-Iru’s skull and face to see what she would have looked like many centuries ago.

This exhibit highlights the importance of artistic objects, such as jewelry, funerary masks and statuettes, by exploring their role in the beliefs and elaborate funerary practices of the ancient Egyptians. Viewers discover what artifacts were used many years ago in worship, funeral processes, celebrations, and mummification.

This exhibit is free with general admission.