Quest for Immortality exhibit, hosted by the National Gallery of Art

Remaining tour schedule

About the exhibit (from the web site)
From the earliest times, Egyptians denied the physical impermanence of life. They formulated a remarkably complex set of religious beliefs and funneled vast material resources into the quest for immortality. This exhibition focuses on the understanding of the afterlife among Egyptians some 3,000 years ago, in the period of the New Kingdom (1550-1069 BC) through the Late Period (664-332 BC). The New Kingdom marked the beginning of an era of great wealth, power, and stability for Egypt, and was accompanied by a burst of cultural activity, much of which was devoted to the quest for eternal life.

The exhibition is divided into six sections: Journey to the Afterworld, The New Kingdom, The Royal Tomb, Tombs of Nobles, The Realm of the Gods, and The Tomb of Thutmose III.

Visit the online exhibit

See the NPR story

Osiris resurrecting
Twenty-sixth Dynasty, 664-525 BC
gneiss, with a headdress in electrum and gold
The Egyptian Museum, Cairo

Copyright National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.

The Armchair Archaeologist gives “The Quest for Immortality” exhibit five-helmets Five helmet rating

Check your local public library for accompany public free lectures given in association with the exhibit.

One of the finest exhibits displaying fragments and/or complete texts on the Bible is the ‘Ink and Blood‘ exhibit, now touring the United States.

Their web site states:

Authentic Dead Sea Scroll fragments are just one part of an extraordinary display of rare ancient Biblical manuscripts and historic Bibles traveling the country. This once-in-a-lifetime exhibit, known officially as Ink & Blood: Sacred Treasures of the Bible, contains fragments from the Dead Sea Scrolls, including portions of Genesis and Isaiah, and numerous Bibles including a medieval manuscript Wyclif Bible from the 15th Century, the first translation of the Holy Book into English.

Click here to view a complete list of the artifacts on exhibit

1536 Tyndale New Testament

1536 Tyndale English NewTestament

The Armchair Archaeologist attended the Ink and Blood Exhibit in Lexington, KY.

It gets a 4 1/2 helmet rating.

4 and a half helmets

It’s being hailed as “the largest touring exhibit of Sacred text, Biblical art and artifacts in history” – From Abraham to Jesus.

The Armchair Archaeologist gives it “4 helmets” (what’s this?).

Four Helmets

The web site says, “From Abraham to Jesus is the can’t miss event of the year. This groundbreaking touring exhibit features the largest most breathtaking, collection of Holy Land antiquities to ever hit U.S. soil. The multi-media exhibit combines the awe of over 340 priceless artifacts, some dating back to the time of Abraham, original video footage shot throughout the Holy Land, and the power of modern multimedia technology presentation, propelling visitors on a landmark walk through 2,500 years of Biblical history that they will never forget. This event will also feature the U.S. inaugural visit of some of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the Ossuary (bone box) of Alexander, son of Simon the Cyrene, the man who carried the cross for Jesus. This stunning 30,000 square foot walk-through exhibit will travel to 28 cities nationwide, beginning September 2006 and concluding December 2008. ”

Present cities on tour?

November 13, 2006 – November 26
Greater Columbus Convention Center
400 North High Street

December 6, 2006 – December 24, 2006

“From Abraham to Jesus” is a high-tech entertainment experience. It uses photomurals, thematic sets, digital surround sound, the first 3D video shot in Israel, state-of-the-art lighting and narration, combined with a musical score produced by national recording artist Don Moen, to help visitors see, hear and feel 2,500 years of biblical history.

Tickets range from $6.00 to $19.95 a piece. Discounts for groups are available.

Visit the official web site to learn more.


The [2003] Metropolitan exhibition opens with a limestone statue of a full-bearded “priest king” believed to be from 3300-3000 b.c. Uruk, a city of some 40,000 inhabitants that was home to the legendary epic hero Gilgamesh. Located 150 miles south of present-day Baghdad, Uruk was once filled with lush gardens, man-made canals and sprawling mud-brick temples. At the Met, subsequent galleries present gold and lapis lazuli jewelry and statuary from the royal cemetery at Ur, which was excavated from 1922 to 1934 by British archaeologist Leonard Woolley. (The city-state of Ur emerged as an important center of commerce and Sumerian culture circa 2700 b.c.) The prize piece is the Standard of Ur (below), a trapezoidal box, 18-1/2 inches long by 8 inches high, that depicts battle and banquet scenes in elaborately detailed mosaics composed of shell and lapis lazuli inlay. Because it was found beside the skeleton of a man, Woolley speculated that the box, which dates from the late phase of the Early Dynastic period (circa 2550-2400 b.c.), was carried like a banner, or standard.

To read the full article about the wonderful exhibit on Mesopotamia at the Met, click here.

To visit the Art of the First Cities: The Third Millennium B.C. from the Mediterranean to the Indus online go to this link.

Standard of Ur