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Readers Blog: Intern Team: Courtney Morgan

Cleopatra comes to Milwaukee


My Tuesdays and Thursdays are typically spent at the Milwaukee Public Museum, doing the Exhibits Intern thing. As I've mentioned before, this sometimes means cleaning life-sized models of dinosaurs. Most commonly, it involves me at a desk, headphones in, plowing through some project that needs to be finished for an exhibit; I've done everything from painting fish to making arrows from scrap wood. Yesterday, however, the rhythm of my work was to be interrupted by a meeting for all of the interns.

"But we're going to a press conference first," we were assured.

Press conference? I pondered as I followed a fellow intern down to the ground floor. When we arrived in the main lobby by the IMAX Theater, we saw a large group of people assembled around a podium. Several cameras watched on as a rolled of banner wiggled excitedly behind the speaker. The conference was to announce the newest traveling exhibit to come to the museum:

 Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt.

I, for one, was very excited to hear the news (shortly after my fascination with dinosaurs dwindled, a fascination for Egypt flared up). The exhibit will make its third stop in Milwaukee beginning Oct. 14, and from the sounds of things it will be pulling out all the stops. Recently many artifacts from the time of Cleopatra have been excavated from the Bay of Aboukir off the coast of Alexandria, and 150 of them will be on display during the exhibit.

At the same time that the exhibit is traveling to our midwestern metropolis, scientists half a world away are undergoing the search for Cleopatra's tomb amidst the ocean where the other artifacts were discovered.

Cleopatra, as National Geographic has stated in its most recent issue, was the world's first celebrity; though she has never been out of the public eye, she is definitely about to pop back on the scene with a forceful comeback that Charlie Sheen can only dream of.


Tickets for the Cleopatra: The Last Queen of Egypt are on sale now on the MPM website and at the ticket office. The show will open Oct. 14. 


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