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Friday, August 16, 2013

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Mona M. Rock
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The Walters Announces "Egypt’s Mysterious Book of the Faiyum" Programs

Exhibition tickets on sale September 26

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Baltimore—The Walters Art Museum presents family programming related to the special exhibition Egypt’s Mysterious Book of the Faiyum, on view Sunday, October 6, 2013–Sunday, January 5, 2014. Tickets are $10 for non-members and available beginning September 26.

ArtKids Preschool Program: Who Built the Pyramid?
Date: Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Time: 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m.
Explore Egyptian art! Who Built the Pyramid by Meredith Hooper. Use all your senses during a 90-minute, hands-on experience that combines a story chosen for its theme, a short tour, and an art activity.

ArtKids Preschool Program: Who Built the Pyramid?
Date: Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Time: 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m.
Who Built the Pyramid by Meredith Hooper. A 90-minute, hands-on experience combines a story chosen for its theme, a short tour, and an art activity.

Drop-in Art Activities: Mummies & Myths
Date: Saturday, October 5, 2013–Sunday, October 27, 2013
Time: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Spend the entire month of October exploring ancient Egypt. Discover how pyramids were built and create one of your own. Try the same artistic tools and techniques that people used thousands of years ago. Registration is not required. Drop-in and create a piece of art to take home with you.

ArtKids Preschool Program: Who Built the Pyramid?
Date: Saturday, October 5, 2013
Time: 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m.
Explore Egyptian art with Who Built the Pyramid by Meredith Hooper. Use your senses during a 90-minute, hands-on experience that combines a story chosen for its theme, a short tour, and an art activity.

Members Opening: Egypt's Mysterious Book of the Faiyum
Date: Saturday, October 5, 2013
Time: 6–9 p.m.
Members of the Walters Art Museum can view The Book of the Faiyum, an exquisitely illustrated papyrus from Greco-Roman Egypt. It depicts the Faiyum oasis, located to the west of the Nile, as a center of prosperity and ritual. The exhibition will reunite the major sections of the manuscript for the first time in over 150 years.

Egypt's Mysterious Book of the Faiyum
Date: Sunday, October 6, 2013–Sunday, January 5, 2014
Time: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
The Book of the Faiyum is an exquisitely illustrated papyrus from Greco-Roman Egypt. One of the most intriguing ancient representations of a place ever found, the papyrus depicts the Faiyum oasis, located to the west of the Nile, as a center of prosperity and ritual. Egyptian jewelry, papyri, statues, reliefs and ritual objects will illuminate the religious context that gave rise to the enigmatic text, which celebrates the crocodile god Sobek and his special relationship with the Faiyum.

Opening Day Talk: Egypt's Mysterious Book of the Faiyum
Date: Sunday, October 6, 2013
Time: 2–3 p.m.
Exhibition curator Marden Nichols will provide an overview of the exhibition Egypt’s Mysterious Book of the Faiyum, a papyrus containing a map-like representation of the Faiyum oasis, a region west of the Nile, renowned in antiquity for its worship of the crocodile god Sobek. The exhibition reunites sections of the Greco-Roman Egyptian book owned by the Walters Art Museum and the Morgan Library & Museum, which have been separated since the papyrus was divided and sold in the 19th century.

ArtBabies Baby Program: Mummy Love
Date: Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Time: 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m.
ArtBabies invites parents, grandparents, and caregivers with children birth to 12 months of age to bond, play and learn in the museum galleries during a 60 minute class. Each program includes activities for play and sensory exploration within museum galleries and age-appropriate activities in the comfort of a private studio.

Walk-In Tour: Egypt's Mysterious Book of the Faiyum
Date: Sunday, October 20, 2013
Time: 1–2 p.m.
For the first time in more than 150 years, major sections from The Walters and The Morgan Library and Museum papyrus will be united, along with statues, reliefs, jewelry, and other papyri. The book celebrates the crocodile god, Sobek, and his special relationship to the Faiyum, an oasis west of the Nile. The tour is free with purchase of admission to the exhibition or museum membership.

Walk, Wonder & Create Tour: Navigate the Nile
Date: Sunday, October 20, 2013
Time: 11 a.m.–12 p.m.
Climb onto a ship and travel Egypt’s revered Nile and learn about ancient civilizations. From daily life to stories of gods and goddesses, experience an Egyptian exploration. Program is for ages 6-8.

Walk, Wonder & Create Tour: Navigate the Nile
Date: Sunday, October 20, 2013
Time: 1–2 p.m.
Travel Egypt’s revered Nile and learn about the ancient civilizations that thrived due in large part to the water and fertile soil. Program is for ages 6-8.

ArtTots Toddler Program: Walk Like an Egyptian
Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Time: 10–11 a.m.
ArtTots is specially designed just for 2-3 year olds and will introduce toddlers to art and the museum through age-appropriate short stories, gallery play activities and an art activity.

FREE Egyptian Family Festival
Date: Saturday, October 26, 2013
Time: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Sail up the Nile River to the mysterious land of the Faiyum. Hop along the backs of crocodiles and explore the marvels of ancient Egypt.

Fall Forum Discussion: Egypt's Mysterious Book of the Faiyum
Date: Sunday, October 27, 2013
Time: 12–4 p.m.
Join distinguished speakers in an interactive discussion about Egypt’s Mysterious Book of the Faiyum. Speakers will reveal how archaeological, commercial, cultural and political events in the past continue to shaped the presentation of ancient Egyptian art in museums today. The audience is encouraged to participate in discussion. 

ArtTots Toddler Program: Walk Like an Egyptian
Date: Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Time: 10–11 a.m.
ArtTots is an early childhood museum program specially designed for 2-3 year olds. Each class will introduce toddlers to art and the museum through age-appropriate short stories, gallery play activities and an art activity.

ArtKids Preschool Program: Crocky Dilly
Date: Saturday, November 2, 2013
Time: 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m.
Explore Crocky Dilly by Philemon Sturges. Use all your senses during a 90-minute, hands-on experience that combines a story chosen for its theme, short tour and an art activity.

Scout Museum Days: Secrets of Egypt
Date: Saturday, November 2, 2013
Time: 1–3 p.m.
The Walters Art Museum invites Brownie Scouts to learn about the world of art while earning merit badges. During an interactive, two-hour program, uncover the mysterious culture of ancient Egypt, discover daily life and sacred rituals and create a work of art inspired by museum treasures.

Scout Museum Days: Secrets of Egypt
Date: Sunday, November 3, 2013
Time: 1–3 p.m.
Cub Scouts can learn about the world of art while earning merit badges. During the interactive, two-hour program, uncover the mysterious culture of ancient Egypt, discover daily life and sacred rituals and create a work of art inspired by museum treasures.

Scout Museum Days: Secrets of Egypt
Date: Saturday, November 16, 2013
Time: 1–3 p.m.
Girl Scouts learn about art while earning merit badges. During the interactive, two-hour program, uncover the mysterious culture of ancient Egypt, discover daily life and sacred rituals and create a work of art inspired by museum treasures.

Scout Museum Days: Secrets of Egypt
Date: Sunday, November 17, 2013
Time: 1–2:30 p.m.
The Walters invites Girl Scouts to learn about art while earning merit badges. During an interactive, two-hour program for Daisies, uncover the mysterious culture of ancient Egypt, discover daily life and sacred rituals and create a work of art inspired by museum treasures.

Homeschool Workshop: Egypt’s Mysterious Book of the Faiyum Ages 7-9
Date: Thursday, November 21, 2013
Time: 1:15–3:30 p.m.
The Book of the Faiyum is an illustrated papyrus from Greco-Roman Egypt depicting the Faiyum oasis, located to the west of the Nile. In a special exhibition workshop, students will uncover the mysteries surrounding this ancient papyrus and life in ancient Egypt.

Homeschool Workshop: Egypt's Mysterious Book of the Faiyum Ages 10-12
Date: Thursday, November 21, 2013
Time: 1:15–3:30 p.m.
The Book of the Faiyum is an illustrated papyrus from Greco-Roman Egypt depicting the Faiyum oasis, located to the west of the Nile. In a special exhibition workshop, students will uncover the mysteries surrounding this ancient papyrus and life in ancient Egypt.

Homeschool Workshop: Egypt's Mysterious Book of the Faiyum Ages 13-16
Date: Thursday, November 21, 2013
Time: 1:15–3:30 p.m.
The Book of the Faiyum is an illustrated papyrus from Greco-Roman Egypt depicting the Faiyum oasis, located to the west of the Nile. In a special exhibition workshop, students will uncover the mysteries surrounding this ancient papyrus and life in ancient Egypt.

Music from an Imaginary Landscape
Date: Sunday, November 24, 2013
Time: 2–3:30 p.m.
Music from an Imaginary Landscape features the premiere performance of two musical compositions written in response to Egypt's Mysterious Book of the Faiyum. One piece, by New-York composer and ethnomusicologist Daniel Thomas Davis, re-imagines the Book of the Faiyum as a musical guidebook to the imaginary landscapes of the ancient papyrus. The second composition, written for the occasion by Baltimore composer and presenter Judah Adashi, recasts Baltimore as a magical and mysterious terrain.

Walk-In Tour: Egypt's Mysterious Book of the Faiyum
Date: Sunday, November 24, 2013
Time: 1–2 p.m.
For the first time in more than 150 years, major sections from The Walters and The Morgan Library and Museum papyrus will be united, along with statues, reliefs, jewelry, and other papyri. The book celebrates the crocodile god, Sobek, and his special relationship to the Faiyum, an oasis west of the Nile. The tour is free with purchase of admission to the exhibition, or museum membership.

ArtAccents Bilingual Tours: Crocodile/Cocodrilo
Date: Sunday, November 24, 2013
Time: 11 a.m.–12 p.m.
ArtAccents Bilingual Family Tours offer children 6-12 years old an opportunity to immerse themselves in art and language through interactive gallery tours led by educators who are fluent in Spanish and English.

Al Momia: The Night of Counting the Years
Date: Saturday, December 7, 2013
Time: 1–4 p.m.
The first film in a three-part Egyptomania Film Series, Al Momia is considered one of the greatest Egyptian films ever made. Based on a true story, the film follows the difficult decision of two brothers to either follow the tradition of illegally looting to sustain their tribe, or to alert authorities to their tribal elders’ secret. Elliott Colla, Georgetown University associate professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies, will lead a discussion after the film.

Bubba Ho-Tep
Date: Thursday, December 12, 2013
Time: 6–7:45 p.m.
The second film in a three-part Egyptomania Film Series, Bubba Ho-Tep is a cult classic that tells the “true” story of what really became of Elvis Presley. Starring Bruce Campbell as Elvis, and Ossie Davis as John F. Kennedy Jr., the story begins at the Shady Rest Retirement Home in Texas where both are now spending their days. When mysterious deaths start occurring in the home, it’s up to these two old legends to show they have what it takes to defeat a 3,000 year old soul-sucking mummy.

Members-Only Tour: Egypt's Mysterious Book of the Faiyum
Date: Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Time: 1–2 p.m.
Members have the opportunity to join a Walters' expert for an intimate tour. Join Assistant Curator of Ancient Art, Marden Nichols, for an insightful tour of the Walters’ special exhibition, Egypt's Mysterious Book of the Faiyum. Learn about the history and mythology behind the ancient manuscript.

Agora
Date: Thursday, December 19, 2013
Time: 5:30–8:30 p.m.
The third film in our three-part Egyptomania Film Series, Agora is a historical drama set in Roman Egypt. The story centers on philosopher and mathematician Hypatia (Rachel Weisz). Set in the last days of the Roman Empire, Agora tells the story of a city at war, Alexandria, and its people, torn between religion and science, on the brink of a new era. Moulie Vidas, assistant professor of religion and the program in Judaic studies at Princeton, will lead a lively discussion after the film.

Homeschool Workshop: Egypt’s Mysterious Book of the Faiyum Ages 5-6
Date: Thursday, December 19, 2013
Time: 1:15–3:30 p.m.
The Book of the Faiyum is an illustrated papyrus from Greco-Roman Egypt depicting the Faiyum oasis, located to the west of the Nile. In the special exhibition workshop, students will uncover the mysteries surrounding the ancient papyrus and life in ancient Egypt.

Homeschool Workshop: Egypt’s Mysterious Book of the Faiyum Ages 7-9
Date: Thursday, December 19, 2013
Time: 1:15–3:30 p.m.
The Book of the Faiyum is an illustrated papyrus from Greco-Roman Egypt depicting the Faiyum oasis, located to the west of the Nile. In the special exhibition workshop, students will uncover the mysteries surrounding the ancient papyrus and life in ancient Egypt.

Homeschool Workshop: Egypt’s Mysterious Book of the Faiyum Ages 13-16
Date: Thursday, December 19, 2013
Time: 1:15–3:30 p.m.
The Book of the Faiyum is an illustrated papyrus from Greco-Roman Egypt depicting the Faiyum oasis, located to the west of the Nile. In the special exhibition workshop, students will uncover the mysteries surrounding the ancient papyrus and life in ancient Egypt.

Homeschool Workshop: Egypt’s Mysterious Book of the Faiyum Ages 10-12
Date: Thursday, December 19, 2013
Time: 1:15–3:30 p.m.
The Book of the Faiyum is an illustrated papyrus from Greco-Roman Egypt depicting the Faiyum oasis, located to the west of the Nile. In the special exhibition workshop students will uncover the mysteries surrounding the ancient papyrus and life in ancient Egypt.

Walk-In Tour: Egypt's Mysterious Book of the Faiyum
Date: Sunday, December 22, 2013
Time: 1–2 p.m.
For the first time in more than150 years, major sections from The Walters and The Morgan Library and Museum papyrus will be united, along with statues, reliefs, jewelry, and other papyri. The book celebrates the crocodile god, Sobek, and his special relationship to the Faiyum, an oasis west of the Nile. The tour is free with purchase of admission to the exhibition, or museum membership.

Drop-In Art Activities: Egyptian Mysteries
Date: Saturday, November 2, 2013–Saturday, November 30, 2013
Time: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Crack the code of the mysterious Book of the Faiyum by becoming artist archeologists. Mark an X on your handmade aerial map and steer a boat in the right direction up the Nile River. Meet Egyptian gods and goddesses in the gallery and paint papyrus paper in the Walters’ art studio. No registration is required.

Please note: All programs are subject to change. Please consult the museum’s website at www.thewalters.org prior to the date of the program to confirm.