Perhaps because mummies are endlessly fascinating, all other aspects of ancient Egyptian culture -- which is rich and vast -- are often overlooked. The Saint Louis Science Center's new exhibit, Lost Egypt, features artifacts that make Egypt's past seem not so distant. Objects that were used in everyday life play a prominent role in the exhibition, offering the opportunity to see how Egyptians worked and lived in this world, not the afterlife. Videos of archeologists working in the field show how these artifacts are recovered, and hands-on displays allow you to test your skill at some basic archeological tasks. Of course, the morbid draw of the mummies is still the main attraction. Prototypes of bodies in different stages of the mummification process are presented, and forensic techniques are used to reconstruct the facial features of specific Egyptians. Plus, real mummies of humans and animals are also present. Lost Egypt opens Saturday, May 25, and remains on display through Monday, September 2, at the Saint Louis Science Center (5050 Oakland Avenue; 314-289-4400 or www.slsc.org). Tickets are $5 to $12.
May 25-Sept. 2, 2013