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Children Try Life in Ancient Egypt

November 10, 1996

Studying the ancient land of the mummies needn't be deadly. Especially for children.

Today, the San Diego Museum of Man at Balboa Park opens a permanent exhibit where students can "decode" hieroglyphics, bake Egyptian-style bread, build a model of a pyramid, make beads and dress like ancient Egyptians, among other activities.

It all happens at the Children's Discovery Center, which includes a living room, family shrine, patio and work area modeled on Egyptian homes more than 3,500 years old. It is designed for children ages 6 to 13.

The center is reserved for school and community groups on weekday mornings. It is open to the public 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is free with museum admission. Information: (619) 239-2001.

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