Kids and adults alike can unravel the secrets of mummies and ancient Egypt in a new exhibit at the Discovery Science Place, 308 N. Broadway Ave. in downtown Tyler.

“Expedition: Egypt” runs through July 28 and features displays and hands-on activities, including building woodblock pyramids and drawing with hieroglyphic stencils.

Martina Mails, of Longview, brought her children, 4 and 8, to the opening day on Saturday.

“It was fun,” Mails said. “My kids liked the interactive stuff.”

There are about eight stations in all, including one about the mummification process. Attendees can stop by and smell frankincense and myrrh, which were used by Egyptians for embalming.

“You can even feel what the linen cloth with the resin that they wrap the mummies in feels like,” Discovery Science Place Executive Director Chris Rasure said.

Admission is $2 for non-members and free for members. The exhibit is geared for children ages 8 and up and all the way through adults, Rasure said. Younger children can still enjoy the exhibit but require adult supervision.

The exhibit fills up the annex main room, which is next to the main building. However, attendees will first need to stop by the main building to purchase admission as a non-member or receive a hand stamp as a member.

The exhibit takes about 20 minutes to one hour to view, depending on how much an attendee wants to read or participate in the hands-on activities, Rasure said.

“It’s a smaller exhibit, but it’s also a little bit more detailed as far as information,” he said.

The exhibit is open during the Discovery Science Place’s summer operating hours, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

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