Mummies invade Orange County

Look out, Orange County. The mummy invasion has come yourway.

Capitalizing on enthusiasm for the King Tutexhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Santa Ana's BowersMuseum presents Mummies: Death and the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt,featuring six complete mummies from London's British Museum. Slatedto run at Bowers for two years, the show is the largest Egyptiancollection the British Museum has ever let travel outside of thecountry.

"You are actually meeting an ancient Egyptian when you look atthese mummies," says John Taylor, the British Museum curator whohelped set up the exhibit. "There is no other ancient civilizationwhere you come face-to-face."

Mummies aren't the only new thing for Bowers. In September,construction begins on an $18 million wing that will house threenew galleries, a 350-seat auditorium, and an atrium that willaccommodate 500 people. ―Beth Lipoff

INFO: Mummies: Death and the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt (10-4 Tue-Sun;from $17; Bowers Museum, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana; www.bowers.org or 714/567-3600)

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