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Taking a voyage to ancient Egypt in Bratislava

VISITORS to the Slovak National Museum’s new exhibition at its Archaeological Museum on Žižkova Street in Bratislava can now go back thousands of years to the times of the Egyptian pharaohs. An interactive kiosk called Eternal Egypt was donated to the Archaeological Museum by IBM, the SITA newswire wrote. Rastislav Púdelka, head of the Slovak National Museum along with the CEO of IBM Slovensko, Roman Brestovanský, opened the kiosk for public use on May 31.

Young Slovaks learn about life in ancient Egypt at the Archaeological Museum. Young Slovaks learn about life in ancient Egypt at the Archaeological Museum. (Source: Courtesy of SNM)

VISITORS to the Slovak National Museum’s new exhibition at its Archaeological Museum on Žižkova Street in Bratislava can now go back thousands of years to the times of the Egyptian pharaohs. An interactive kiosk called Eternal Egypt was donated to the Archaeological Museum by IBM, the SITA newswire wrote. Rastislav Púdelka, head of the Slovak National Museum along with the CEO of IBM Slovensko, Roman Brestovanský, opened the kiosk for public use on May 31.

By using the kiosk, virtual voyagers can learn about the beauties of ancient Egypt, take a trip to the pyramids and the Sphinx in Giza, to the Luxor Temple or even take a close look at Tutankhamen’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings. The kiosk is a superstructure of the virtual environment presented by the Eternal Egypt website and offers a museum visitor a unique experience to delve into the mysteries of the ancient country.

While in the kiosk, a museum visitor can choose to take a virtual guided tour or to individually learn about the country’s monuments and precious artefacts.

After entering Tutankh- amen’s tomb, for instance, one can see all the artefacts that are now exhibited at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo in exactly the way they were found by Howard Carter in 1922.

The Archaeological Museum is a specialised museum focused on acquiring, registering, restoring, preserving, presenting and publishing archaeological findings in Slovakia. Its rich collections comprise many precious finds from prehistory to modern times and most come from the museum’s own archaeological research. Apart from exhibitions, it also organises lectures and discussions, screenings, and programmes for all types of schools as well as expert readings which accompany public exhibitions.

Two of the museum’s other current expositions include The Oldest History of Slovakia – a representative selection of items that best present Slovakia from prehistory until now – and the Lapidary, an exposition of stone artefacts from Roman times to the end of the Middle Ages.


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