COSI’s Lost Egypt Exhibition

Lost Egypt is Open! by COSI

Author: Carli

COSI has held an unprecedented number of opening events to kick off the Lost Egypt exhibit. We started with a Columbus Metropolitan Club luncheon last Wednesday featuring COSI President and CEO David Chesebrough, Executive Director of The Columbus Museum of Art Nannette Maciejunes, and Archaeologist at the Ohio Historical Society and advisor on COSI’s Lost Egypt project Dr. Brad Lepper. We followed that up with a huge Press Preview on Thursday morning with media, sponsors, dignitaries, and community leaders, with opportunities for media to interview Dr. Mark Lehner and Ana Tavares of the Ancient Egypt Research Associates.

Friday evening was our VIP Dinner event, To Egypt & Back: an Evening with Dr. Mark Lehner, with nearly 150 people enjoying a Mediterranean-style dinner and lecture on the “Lost City” of the pyramid builders by Dr. Lehner. Saturday morning was our Member Preview where members got a sneak peak of the exhibit and saw the film Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs on the Extreme Screen. And finally, we opened to the public on Saturday at Noon. It was a marathon of events, but we had a ton of great feedback from guests that we wanted to share.

For more videos from opening weekend, check out COSI’s YouTube Channel!


6th Grade Student Art Contest by COSI
February 25, 2009, 8:57 am
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Author: Doug Buchanan, COSI Education Programs Marketing Manager

COSI is inviting Columbus City School sixth grade classrooms to participate in COSI’s Lost Egypt student artwork contest! Sixth-graders in the twenty-four Columbus public middle schools are being invited to create their own piece of Egyptian artwork. Each sixth grade classroom is invited to create a tomb frieze on butcher paper provided by COSI – similar to the amazing art that ancient Egyptians created for many of the tombs uncovered by archaeologists.

In ancient tomb friezes, Egyptians were shown carrying objects of great value to them; accordingly, students are being invited to draw themselves carrying objects that they value. The contest’s grand prize is a visit to the winning school by a real archaeologist: Dr. Brad Lepper of the Ohio Historical Society! Dr. Lepper will present an assembly about the archaeological profession to the entire sixth grade of the winning school, and will spend additional time speaking directly with the students of the winning classroom. The winning entry will also be displayed at COSI!

All entries must be received at COSI by 5:00 pm on Friday, May 1, 2009. Judging will take place at COSI in early May. For details, please contact Doug Buchanan at

You can also check out Dr. Brad Lepper’s recent OHS blog entry about Egypt, mummies, and ways to experience them right here in Columbus!