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When you visit the Brooklyn Museum, you can use our app to ask us questions or chat about the artwork you see.

You’ll be connected with a team of art historians and educators who know our collection, can answer your questions, and can give you recommendations on what to see next. 

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Here's what people are asking.

Can you tell me what he is holding?
King Iuput II is holding an ankh.
What is an ankh?
An ankh is a hieroglyph that means "life." Be on the lookout for them in writing and also people holding them. If you see someone holding an ankh it means they are a possessor of life and a divine being, which would include pharaohs.
What organs are put in the Canopic jars?
The Canopic jars usually contained the liver, intestines, lungs, and stomach. The ancient Egyptians believed that these organs would be needed in the afterlife. The jars protected them so the deceased could bring them on their journey to the Afterlife.
Do these Canopic jars have any remains of the human organs they once held?
The jars are currently empty, but they once contained the liver, lungs, intestines, and stomach of a woman named Lady Senebtisi.
I know this is a woman. How often were women mummified compared to men?
Generally, royalty, the nobility or the very wealthy could afford lavish and highly decorative funerary rites. It didn't depend on gender, but rather on how wealthy a person was.
What is this box?
That is a Canopic chest. It's designed to hold the jars that would have contained the preserved organs of mummies. If you look around the gallery, you will see examples of the kinds of jars that would be placed in such a case.
What is this?
That beaded netting was used to wrap mummies before putting them into the coffins. It would have added more symbolic decoration to the linen wrappings. The color blue held a lot of meaning especially connected with rebirth in Ancient Egypt.
What does it say on this object and what was it used for?
According to the curators, this inscription says "Superintendent of the Granary, Ptahyeruka." This is a stand with a bowl that would have been used to hold offerings in the tomb of Ptahyeruka.
What is the meaning of the rabbit?
Rabbits were common animals in the Ancient Egyptian desert. This particular object was an amulet worn around the neck that suggests fertility. Have you noticed that the Ancient Egyptian made many images of the animals from their environment?
Yes, we just thought about that!
What does this mean?
This is the Stela of Amunemhat. The hieroglyphs and the images discuss things Amunemhat wanted for a prosperous afterlife like lots of cattle, food, and fancy clothes.
When was this made?
This was carved around 1938-1875 BCE, so almost 4000 years ago! That time in Ancient Egypt was called the Middle Kingdom.
What is left of this mummy, bones or flesh?
There are definitely bones in the mummy and there is also skin and some flesh too. During the mummification process many organs were removed and the rest of the body was dried out to preserve as much as possible. Check out the wall panels to see some CT scans of the mummies on view!
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

Can you tell me what he is holding?
King Iuput II is holding an ankh.
What is an ankh?
An ankh is a hieroglyph that means "life." Be on the lookout for them in writing and also people holding them. If you see someone holding an ankh it means they are a possessor of life and a divine being, which would include pharaohs.
What organs are put in the Canopic jars?
The Canopic jars usually contained the liver, intestines, lungs, and stomach. The ancient Egyptians believed that these organs would be needed in the afterlife. The jars protected them so the deceased could bring them on their journey to the Afterlife.
Do these Canopic jars have any remains of the human organs they once held?
The jars are currently empty, but they once contained the liver, lungs, intestines, and stomach of a woman named Lady Senebtisi.
I know this is a woman. How often were women mummified compared to men?
Generally, royalty, the nobility or the very wealthy could afford lavish and highly decorative funerary rites. It didn't depend on gender, but rather on how wealthy a person was.
What is this box?
That is a Canopic chest. It's designed to hold the jars that would have contained the preserved organs of mummies. If you look around the gallery, you will see examples of the kinds of jars that would be placed in such a case.
What is this?
That beaded netting was used to wrap mummies before putting them into the coffins. It would have added more symbolic decoration to the linen wrappings. The color blue held a lot of meaning especially connected with rebirth in Ancient Egypt.
What does it say on this object and what was it used for?
According to the curators, this inscription says "Superintendent of the Granary, Ptahyeruka." This is a stand with a bowl that would have been used to hold offerings in the tomb of Ptahyeruka.
What is the meaning of the rabbit?
Rabbits were common animals in the Ancient Egyptian desert. This particular object was an amulet worn around the neck that suggests fertility. Have you noticed that the Ancient Egyptian made many images of the animals from their environment?
Yes, we just thought about that!
What does this mean?
This is the Stela of Amunemhat. The hieroglyphs and the images discuss things Amunemhat wanted for a prosperous afterlife like lots of cattle, food, and fancy clothes.
When was this made?
This was carved around 1938-1875 BCE, so almost 4000 years ago! That time in Ancient Egypt was called the Middle Kingdom.
What is left of this mummy, bones or flesh?
There are definitely bones in the mummy and there is also skin and some flesh too. During the mummification process many organs were removed and the rest of the body was dried out to preserve as much as possible. Check out the wall panels to see some CT scans of the mummies on view!
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

Explore our permanent collection or a special exhibition on a guided group tour led by one of our friendly and experienced Museum Guides, or on your own with a self-guided group tour. These tours are for adult groups with at least 10 people, last about one hour, and can be tailored to meet the interests and needs of your group.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

Can you tell me what he is holding?
King Iuput II is holding an ankh.
What is an ankh?
An ankh is a hieroglyph that means "life." Be on the lookout for them in writing and also people holding them. If you see someone holding an ankh it means they are a possessor of life and a divine being, which would include pharaohs.
What organs are put in the Canopic jars?
The Canopic jars usually contained the liver, intestines, lungs, and stomach. The ancient Egyptians believed that these organs would be needed in the afterlife. The jars protected them so the deceased could bring them on their journey to the Afterlife.
Do these Canopic jars have any remains of the human organs they once held?
The jars are currently empty, but they once contained the liver, lungs, intestines, and stomach of a woman named Lady Senebtisi.
I know this is a woman. How often were women mummified compared to men?
Generally, royalty, the nobility or the very wealthy could afford lavish and highly decorative funerary rites. It didn't depend on gender, but rather on how wealthy a person was.
What is this box?
That is a Canopic chest. It's designed to hold the jars that would have contained the preserved organs of mummies. If you look around the gallery, you will see examples of the kinds of jars that would be placed in such a case.
What is this?
That beaded netting was used to wrap mummies before putting them into the coffins. It would have added more symbolic decoration to the linen wrappings. The color blue held a lot of meaning especially connected with rebirth in Ancient Egypt.
What does it say on this object and what was it used for?
According to the curators, this inscription says "Superintendent of the Granary, Ptahyeruka." This is a stand with a bowl that would have been used to hold offerings in the tomb of Ptahyeruka.
What is the meaning of the rabbit?
Rabbits were common animals in the Ancient Egyptian desert. This particular object was an amulet worn around the neck that suggests fertility. Have you noticed that the Ancient Egyptian made many images of the animals from their environment?
Yes, we just thought about that!
What does this mean?
This is the Stela of Amunemhat. The hieroglyphs and the images discuss things Amunemhat wanted for a prosperous afterlife like lots of cattle, food, and fancy clothes.
When was this made?
This was carved around 1938-1875 BCE, so almost 4000 years ago! That time in Ancient Egypt was called the Middle Kingdom.
What is left of this mummy, bones or flesh?
There are definitely bones in the mummy and there is also skin and some flesh too. During the mummification process many organs were removed and the rest of the body was dried out to preserve as much as possible. Check out the wall panels to see some CT scans of the mummies on view!
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

We're renovating our second floor to bring you a better experience, which means the Libraries and Archives are closed to the public until fall 2017. If you're a researcher who would like to access our resources, send us an email and we'll do our best to assist you.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

Can you tell me what he is holding?
King Iuput II is holding an ankh.
What is an ankh?
An ankh is a hieroglyph that means "life." Be on the lookout for them in writing and also people holding them. If you see someone holding an ankh it means they are a possessor of life and a divine being, which would include pharaohs.
What organs are put in the Canopic jars?
The Canopic jars usually contained the liver, intestines, lungs, and stomach. The ancient Egyptians believed that these organs would be needed in the afterlife. The jars protected them so the deceased could bring them on their journey to the Afterlife.
Do these Canopic jars have any remains of the human organs they once held?
The jars are currently empty, but they once contained the liver, lungs, intestines, and stomach of a woman named Lady Senebtisi.
I know this is a woman. How often were women mummified compared to men?
Generally, royalty, the nobility or the very wealthy could afford lavish and highly decorative funerary rites. It didn't depend on gender, but rather on how wealthy a person was.
What is this box?
That is a Canopic chest. It's designed to hold the jars that would have contained the preserved organs of mummies. If you look around the gallery, you will see examples of the kinds of jars that would be placed in such a case.
What is this?
That beaded netting was used to wrap mummies before putting them into the coffins. It would have added more symbolic decoration to the linen wrappings. The color blue held a lot of meaning especially connected with rebirth in Ancient Egypt.
What does it say on this object and what was it used for?
According to the curators, this inscription says "Superintendent of the Granary, Ptahyeruka." This is a stand with a bowl that would have been used to hold offerings in the tomb of Ptahyeruka.
What is the meaning of the rabbit?
Rabbits were common animals in the Ancient Egyptian desert. This particular object was an amulet worn around the neck that suggests fertility. Have you noticed that the Ancient Egyptian made many images of the animals from their environment?
Yes, we just thought about that!
What does this mean?
This is the Stela of Amunemhat. The hieroglyphs and the images discuss things Amunemhat wanted for a prosperous afterlife like lots of cattle, food, and fancy clothes.
When was this made?
This was carved around 1938-1875 BCE, so almost 4000 years ago! That time in Ancient Egypt was called the Middle Kingdom.
What is left of this mummy, bones or flesh?
There are definitely bones in the mummy and there is also skin and some flesh too. During the mummification process many organs were removed and the rest of the body was dried out to preserve as much as possible. Check out the wall panels to see some CT scans of the mummies on view!
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

Can you tell me what he is holding?
King Iuput II is holding an ankh.
What is an ankh?
An ankh is a hieroglyph that means "life." Be on the lookout for them in writing and also people holding them. If you see someone holding an ankh it means they are a possessor of life and a divine being, which would include pharaohs.
What organs are put in the Canopic jars?
The Canopic jars usually contained the liver, intestines, lungs, and stomach. The ancient Egyptians believed that these organs would be needed in the afterlife. The jars protected them so the deceased could bring them on their journey to the Afterlife.
Do these Canopic jars have any remains of the human organs they once held?
The jars are currently empty, but they once contained the liver, lungs, intestines, and stomach of a woman named Lady Senebtisi.
I know this is a woman. How often were women mummified compared to men?
Generally, royalty, the nobility or the very wealthy could afford lavish and highly decorative funerary rites. It didn't depend on gender, but rather on how wealthy a person was.
What is this box?
That is a Canopic chest. It's designed to hold the jars that would have contained the preserved organs of mummies. If you look around the gallery, you will see examples of the kinds of jars that would be placed in such a case.
What is this?
That beaded netting was used to wrap mummies before putting them into the coffins. It would have added more symbolic decoration to the linen wrappings. The color blue held a lot of meaning especially connected with rebirth in Ancient Egypt.
What does it say on this object and what was it used for?
According to the curators, this inscription says "Superintendent of the Granary, Ptahyeruka." This is a stand with a bowl that would have been used to hold offerings in the tomb of Ptahyeruka.
What is the meaning of the rabbit?
Rabbits were common animals in the Ancient Egyptian desert. This particular object was an amulet worn around the neck that suggests fertility. Have you noticed that the Ancient Egyptian made many images of the animals from their environment?
Yes, we just thought about that!
What does this mean?
This is the Stela of Amunemhat. The hieroglyphs and the images discuss things Amunemhat wanted for a prosperous afterlife like lots of cattle, food, and fancy clothes.
When was this made?
This was carved around 1938-1875 BCE, so almost 4000 years ago! That time in Ancient Egypt was called the Middle Kingdom.
What is left of this mummy, bones or flesh?
There are definitely bones in the mummy and there is also skin and some flesh too. During the mummification process many organs were removed and the rest of the body was dried out to preserve as much as possible. Check out the wall panels to see some CT scans of the mummies on view!
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

Exhibitions on the Fifth Floor

Rest rooms are on the first, second, and third floors; those on the first and third floors are wheelchair accessible. The second-floor rest rooms can be reached only via the stairs from the Schapiro Wing on the third floor. Water fountains are near the first- and third-floor rest rooms.

Pick up Assistive Listening Devices at the Admissions Desk on the first floor.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

Can you tell me what he is holding?
King Iuput II is holding an ankh.
What is an ankh?
An ankh is a hieroglyph that means "life." Be on the lookout for them in writing and also people holding them. If you see someone holding an ankh it means they are a possessor of life and a divine being, which would include pharaohs.
What organs are put in the Canopic jars?
The Canopic jars usually contained the liver, intestines, lungs, and stomach. The ancient Egyptians believed that these organs would be needed in the afterlife. The jars protected them so the deceased could bring them on their journey to the Afterlife.
Do these Canopic jars have any remains of the human organs they once held?
The jars are currently empty, but they once contained the liver, lungs, intestines, and stomach of a woman named Lady Senebtisi.
I know this is a woman. How often were women mummified compared to men?
Generally, royalty, the nobility or the very wealthy could afford lavish and highly decorative funerary rites. It didn't depend on gender, but rather on how wealthy a person was.
What is this box?
That is a Canopic chest. It's designed to hold the jars that would have contained the preserved organs of mummies. If you look around the gallery, you will see examples of the kinds of jars that would be placed in such a case.
What is this?
That beaded netting was used to wrap mummies before putting them into the coffins. It would have added more symbolic decoration to the linen wrappings. The color blue held a lot of meaning especially connected with rebirth in Ancient Egypt.
What does it say on this object and what was it used for?
According to the curators, this inscription says "Superintendent of the Granary, Ptahyeruka." This is a stand with a bowl that would have been used to hold offerings in the tomb of Ptahyeruka.
What is the meaning of the rabbit?
Rabbits were common animals in the Ancient Egyptian desert. This particular object was an amulet worn around the neck that suggests fertility. Have you noticed that the Ancient Egyptian made many images of the animals from their environment?
Yes, we just thought about that!
What does this mean?
This is the Stela of Amunemhat. The hieroglyphs and the images discuss things Amunemhat wanted for a prosperous afterlife like lots of cattle, food, and fancy clothes.
When was this made?
This was carved around 1938-1875 BCE, so almost 4000 years ago! That time in Ancient Egypt was called the Middle Kingdom.
What is left of this mummy, bones or flesh?
There are definitely bones in the mummy and there is also skin and some flesh too. During the mummification process many organs were removed and the rest of the body was dried out to preserve as much as possible. Check out the wall panels to see some CT scans of the mummies on view!
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

Exhibitions on the Fourth Floor

Rest rooms are on the first, second, and third floors; those on the first and third floors are wheelchair accessible. The second-floor rest rooms can be reached only via the stairs from the Schapiro Wing on the third floor. Water fountains are near the first- and third-floor rest rooms.

Pick up Assistive Listening Devices at the Admissions Desk on the first floor.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

Can you tell me what he is holding?
King Iuput II is holding an ankh.
What is an ankh?
An ankh is a hieroglyph that means "life." Be on the lookout for them in writing and also people holding them. If you see someone holding an ankh it means they are a possessor of life and a divine being, which would include pharaohs.
What organs are put in the Canopic jars?
The Canopic jars usually contained the liver, intestines, lungs, and stomach. The ancient Egyptians believed that these organs would be needed in the afterlife. The jars protected them so the deceased could bring them on their journey to the Afterlife.
Do these Canopic jars have any remains of the human organs they once held?
The jars are currently empty, but they once contained the liver, lungs, intestines, and stomach of a woman named Lady Senebtisi.
I know this is a woman. How often were women mummified compared to men?
Generally, royalty, the nobility or the very wealthy could afford lavish and highly decorative funerary rites. It didn't depend on gender, but rather on how wealthy a person was.
What is this box?
That is a Canopic chest. It's designed to hold the jars that would have contained the preserved organs of mummies. If you look around the gallery, you will see examples of the kinds of jars that would be placed in such a case.
What is this?
That beaded netting was used to wrap mummies before putting them into the coffins. It would have added more symbolic decoration to the linen wrappings. The color blue held a lot of meaning especially connected with rebirth in Ancient Egypt.
What does it say on this object and what was it used for?
According to the curators, this inscription says "Superintendent of the Granary, Ptahyeruka." This is a stand with a bowl that would have been used to hold offerings in the tomb of Ptahyeruka.
What is the meaning of the rabbit?
Rabbits were common animals in the Ancient Egyptian desert. This particular object was an amulet worn around the neck that suggests fertility. Have you noticed that the Ancient Egyptian made many images of the animals from their environment?
Yes, we just thought about that!
What does this mean?
This is the Stela of Amunemhat. The hieroglyphs and the images discuss things Amunemhat wanted for a prosperous afterlife like lots of cattle, food, and fancy clothes.
When was this made?
This was carved around 1938-1875 BCE, so almost 4000 years ago! That time in Ancient Egypt was called the Middle Kingdom.
What is left of this mummy, bones or flesh?
There are definitely bones in the mummy and there is also skin and some flesh too. During the mummification process many organs were removed and the rest of the body was dried out to preserve as much as possible. Check out the wall panels to see some CT scans of the mummies on view!
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

Exhibitions on the Third Floor

Also on the Third Floor: Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium

Rest rooms are on the first, second, and third floors; those on the first and third floors are wheelchair accessible. The second-floor rest rooms can be reached only via the stairs from the Schapiro Wing on the third floor. Water fountains are near the first- and third-floor rest rooms.

Pick up Assistive Listening Devices at the Admissions Desk on the first floor.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

Can you tell me what he is holding?
King Iuput II is holding an ankh.
What is an ankh?
An ankh is a hieroglyph that means "life." Be on the lookout for them in writing and also people holding them. If you see someone holding an ankh it means they are a possessor of life and a divine being, which would include pharaohs.
What organs are put in the Canopic jars?
The Canopic jars usually contained the liver, intestines, lungs, and stomach. The ancient Egyptians believed that these organs would be needed in the afterlife. The jars protected them so the deceased could bring them on their journey to the Afterlife.
Do these Canopic jars have any remains of the human organs they once held?
The jars are currently empty, but they once contained the liver, lungs, intestines, and stomach of a woman named Lady Senebtisi.
I know this is a woman. How often were women mummified compared to men?
Generally, royalty, the nobility or the very wealthy could afford lavish and highly decorative funerary rites. It didn't depend on gender, but rather on how wealthy a person was.
What is this box?
That is a Canopic chest. It's designed to hold the jars that would have contained the preserved organs of mummies. If you look around the gallery, you will see examples of the kinds of jars that would be placed in such a case.
What is this?
That beaded netting was used to wrap mummies before putting them into the coffins. It would have added more symbolic decoration to the linen wrappings. The color blue held a lot of meaning especially connected with rebirth in Ancient Egypt.
What does it say on this object and what was it used for?
According to the curators, this inscription says "Superintendent of the Granary, Ptahyeruka." This is a stand with a bowl that would have been used to hold offerings in the tomb of Ptahyeruka.
What is the meaning of the rabbit?
Rabbits were common animals in the Ancient Egyptian desert. This particular object was an amulet worn around the neck that suggests fertility. Have you noticed that the Ancient Egyptian made many images of the animals from their environment?
Yes, we just thought about that!
What does this mean?
This is the Stela of Amunemhat. The hieroglyphs and the images discuss things Amunemhat wanted for a prosperous afterlife like lots of cattle, food, and fancy clothes.
When was this made?
This was carved around 1938-1875 BCE, so almost 4000 years ago! That time in Ancient Egypt was called the Middle Kingdom.
What is left of this mummy, bones or flesh?
There are definitely bones in the mummy and there is also skin and some flesh too. During the mummification process many organs were removed and the rest of the body was dried out to preserve as much as possible. Check out the wall panels to see some CT scans of the mummies on view!
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

Our Second Floor galleries are currently closed for renovations.

Also on the Second Floor

Rest rooms are on the first, second, and third floors; those on the first and third floors are wheelchair accessible. The second-floor rest rooms can be reached only via the stairs from the Schapiro Wing on the third floor. Water fountains are near the first- and third-floor rest rooms.

Pick up Assistive Listening Devices at the Admissions Desk on the first floor.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

Can you tell me what he is holding?
King Iuput II is holding an ankh.
What is an ankh?
An ankh is a hieroglyph that means "life." Be on the lookout for them in writing and also people holding them. If you see someone holding an ankh it means they are a possessor of life and a divine being, which would include pharaohs.
What organs are put in the Canopic jars?
The Canopic jars usually contained the liver, intestines, lungs, and stomach. The ancient Egyptians believed that these organs would be needed in the afterlife. The jars protected them so the deceased could bring them on their journey to the Afterlife.
Do these Canopic jars have any remains of the human organs they once held?
The jars are currently empty, but they once contained the liver, lungs, intestines, and stomach of a woman named Lady Senebtisi.
I know this is a woman. How often were women mummified compared to men?
Generally, royalty, the nobility or the very wealthy could afford lavish and highly decorative funerary rites. It didn't depend on gender, but rather on how wealthy a person was.
What is this box?
That is a Canopic chest. It's designed to hold the jars that would have contained the preserved organs of mummies. If you look around the gallery, you will see examples of the kinds of jars that would be placed in such a case.
What is this?
That beaded netting was used to wrap mummies before putting them into the coffins. It would have added more symbolic decoration to the linen wrappings. The color blue held a lot of meaning especially connected with rebirth in Ancient Egypt.
What does it say on this object and what was it used for?
According to the curators, this inscription says "Superintendent of the Granary, Ptahyeruka." This is a stand with a bowl that would have been used to hold offerings in the tomb of Ptahyeruka.
What is the meaning of the rabbit?
Rabbits were common animals in the Ancient Egyptian desert. This particular object was an amulet worn around the neck that suggests fertility. Have you noticed that the Ancient Egyptian made many images of the animals from their environment?
Yes, we just thought about that!
What does this mean?
This is the Stela of Amunemhat. The hieroglyphs and the images discuss things Amunemhat wanted for a prosperous afterlife like lots of cattle, food, and fancy clothes.
When was this made?
This was carved around 1938-1875 BCE, so almost 4000 years ago! That time in Ancient Egypt was called the Middle Kingdom.
What is left of this mummy, bones or flesh?
There are definitely bones in the mummy and there is also skin and some flesh too. During the mummification process many organs were removed and the rest of the body was dried out to preserve as much as possible. Check out the wall panels to see some CT scans of the mummies on view!
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

Parking
Parking is available in the lot behind the Museum, off Washington Avenue. On Target First Saturdays, there's a flat rate of $6 starting at 5 p.m. Park your bicycle in the rack behind the building, next to our sculpture garden.

Shopping
Our Shop offers an eclectic mix of gifts, jewelry, books, clothing, crafts, and foods from around Brooklyn and around the world. Shop hours

Dining
Have small plates, dinner, or drinks at The Norm restaurant and bar, led by Michelin-starred Chef Saul Bolton. Or stop by the BKM Café or Bowl. Planning a group tour? Consider a catered lunch for your group.

Rest Rooms
Rest rooms are on the first and third floors (floor plan), are wheelchair accessible, and have baby-changing tables. A family rest room is located just off the main lobby.

Coat Check
A free coat check is available on the first floor, where you can leave any packages, large bags, umbrellas, or strollers.

Wheelchairs
Complimentary wheelchairs are available at the coat check on the first floor. Our entrances and rest rooms are wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit our Accessibility page.

Strollers
You're welcome to use strollers throughout the building (although from time to time there are certain areas where we might need to restrict their use, on account of small spaces, especially fragile art, or other circumstances). If necessary, leave your stroller at the coat check.

Wireless Access
We offer free wireless access throughout our galleries and grounds. During your visit, we encourage you to switch to wifi (BrooklynMuseum) for faster download speeds. The wireless project was created by the Brooklyn Museum Technology Department, with help from NYCWireless.

Go Mobile
Need information on the go? Planning your next visit? Access www.brooklynmuseum.org from your mobile phone to view our mobile-friendly website.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

Can you tell me what he is holding?
King Iuput II is holding an ankh.
What is an ankh?
An ankh is a hieroglyph that means "life." Be on the lookout for them in writing and also people holding them. If you see someone holding an ankh it means they are a possessor of life and a divine being, which would include pharaohs.
What organs are put in the Canopic jars?
The Canopic jars usually contained the liver, intestines, lungs, and stomach. The ancient Egyptians believed that these organs would be needed in the afterlife. The jars protected them so the deceased could bring them on their journey to the Afterlife.
Do these Canopic jars have any remains of the human organs they once held?
The jars are currently empty, but they once contained the liver, lungs, intestines, and stomach of a woman named Lady Senebtisi.
I know this is a woman. How often were women mummified compared to men?
Generally, royalty, the nobility or the very wealthy could afford lavish and highly decorative funerary rites. It didn't depend on gender, but rather on how wealthy a person was.
What is this box?
That is a Canopic chest. It's designed to hold the jars that would have contained the preserved organs of mummies. If you look around the gallery, you will see examples of the kinds of jars that would be placed in such a case.
What is this?
That beaded netting was used to wrap mummies before putting them into the coffins. It would have added more symbolic decoration to the linen wrappings. The color blue held a lot of meaning especially connected with rebirth in Ancient Egypt.
What does it say on this object and what was it used for?
According to the curators, this inscription says "Superintendent of the Granary, Ptahyeruka." This is a stand with a bowl that would have been used to hold offerings in the tomb of Ptahyeruka.
What is the meaning of the rabbit?
Rabbits were common animals in the Ancient Egyptian desert. This particular object was an amulet worn around the neck that suggests fertility. Have you noticed that the Ancient Egyptian made many images of the animals from their environment?
Yes, we just thought about that!
What does this mean?
This is the Stela of Amunemhat. The hieroglyphs and the images discuss things Amunemhat wanted for a prosperous afterlife like lots of cattle, food, and fancy clothes.
When was this made?
This was carved around 1938-1875 BCE, so almost 4000 years ago! That time in Ancient Egypt was called the Middle Kingdom.
What is left of this mummy, bones or flesh?
There are definitely bones in the mummy and there is also skin and some flesh too. During the mummification process many organs were removed and the rest of the body was dried out to preserve as much as possible. Check out the wall panels to see some CT scans of the mummies on view!
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

We're committed to making our galleries and facilities accessible to everyone.

  • We are fully wheelchair accessible. Check our online and printed floor plan for details.
  • If you need a wheelchair during your visit, they're available for free at the coat check in the lobby.
  • Companions of people with disabilities are admitted for free.
  • The parking lot behind the Museum is fully accessible. There's a free, 15-minute grace period for pickups and dropoffs.
  • If you need an assistive-listening device, they're available for free at our Admissions Desk, on the first floor.

We also offer a wide range of services for our visitors of all ages with special needs.

  • For those who have low or no vision, guided visits that include verbal descriptions can be scheduled for both adult and school groups, with advance notice. We also offer Sensory Tours, monthly public tours designed to accommodate and engage both sighted and non-sighted visitors. Verbal descriptions of collection highlights are available via Art Beyond Sight.
  • For those who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, American Sign Language interpretation for both adult and school group tours can be arranged, with advance notice.
  • For those with intellectual disabilities or other special needs, we offer specially tailored guided gallery visits to adult and school groups.

We hope that you'll get in touch with us via email or at 718.501.6229 if you have questions about any of the above services, or if you'd like to make advance arrangements.

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Here's what people are asking.

Can you tell me what he is holding?
King Iuput II is holding an ankh.
What is an ankh?
An ankh is a hieroglyph that means "life." Be on the lookout for them in writing and also people holding them. If you see someone holding an ankh it means they are a possessor of life and a divine being, which would include pharaohs.
What organs are put in the Canopic jars?
The Canopic jars usually contained the liver, intestines, lungs, and stomach. The ancient Egyptians believed that these organs would be needed in the afterlife. The jars protected them so the deceased could bring them on their journey to the Afterlife.
Do these Canopic jars have any remains of the human organs they once held?
The jars are currently empty, but they once contained the liver, lungs, intestines, and stomach of a woman named Lady Senebtisi.
I know this is a woman. How often were women mummified compared to men?
Generally, royalty, the nobility or the very wealthy could afford lavish and highly decorative funerary rites. It didn't depend on gender, but rather on how wealthy a person was.
What is this box?
That is a Canopic chest. It's designed to hold the jars that would have contained the preserved organs of mummies. If you look around the gallery, you will see examples of the kinds of jars that would be placed in such a case.
What is this?
That beaded netting was used to wrap mummies before putting them into the coffins. It would have added more symbolic decoration to the linen wrappings. The color blue held a lot of meaning especially connected with rebirth in Ancient Egypt.
What does it say on this object and what was it used for?
According to the curators, this inscription says "Superintendent of the Granary, Ptahyeruka." This is a stand with a bowl that would have been used to hold offerings in the tomb of Ptahyeruka.
What is the meaning of the rabbit?
Rabbits were common animals in the Ancient Egyptian desert. This particular object was an amulet worn around the neck that suggests fertility. Have you noticed that the Ancient Egyptian made many images of the animals from their environment?
Yes, we just thought about that!
What does this mean?
This is the Stela of Amunemhat. The hieroglyphs and the images discuss things Amunemhat wanted for a prosperous afterlife like lots of cattle, food, and fancy clothes.
When was this made?
This was carved around 1938-1875 BCE, so almost 4000 years ago! That time in Ancient Egypt was called the Middle Kingdom.
What is left of this mummy, bones or flesh?
There are definitely bones in the mummy and there is also skin and some flesh too. During the mummification process many organs were removed and the rest of the body was dried out to preserve as much as possible. Check out the wall panels to see some CT scans of the mummies on view!
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

No matter what your interest, there's a tour for you:

  • Join our Museum Guides for daily public tours (free with admission) focusing on a variety of themes, eras, and movements in art.
  • Book a group tour for ten or more adults.
  • Explore tours and programs for school groups, all designed to help students and teachers construct meaningful experiences with works of art.
ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

Can you tell me what he is holding?
King Iuput II is holding an ankh.
What is an ankh?
An ankh is a hieroglyph that means "life." Be on the lookout for them in writing and also people holding them. If you see someone holding an ankh it means they are a possessor of life and a divine being, which would include pharaohs.
What organs are put in the Canopic jars?
The Canopic jars usually contained the liver, intestines, lungs, and stomach. The ancient Egyptians believed that these organs would be needed in the afterlife. The jars protected them so the deceased could bring them on their journey to the Afterlife.
Do these Canopic jars have any remains of the human organs they once held?
The jars are currently empty, but they once contained the liver, lungs, intestines, and stomach of a woman named Lady Senebtisi.
I know this is a woman. How often were women mummified compared to men?
Generally, royalty, the nobility or the very wealthy could afford lavish and highly decorative funerary rites. It didn't depend on gender, but rather on how wealthy a person was.
What is this box?
That is a Canopic chest. It's designed to hold the jars that would have contained the preserved organs of mummies. If you look around the gallery, you will see examples of the kinds of jars that would be placed in such a case.
What is this?
That beaded netting was used to wrap mummies before putting them into the coffins. It would have added more symbolic decoration to the linen wrappings. The color blue held a lot of meaning especially connected with rebirth in Ancient Egypt.
What does it say on this object and what was it used for?
According to the curators, this inscription says "Superintendent of the Granary, Ptahyeruka." This is a stand with a bowl that would have been used to hold offerings in the tomb of Ptahyeruka.
What is the meaning of the rabbit?
Rabbits were common animals in the Ancient Egyptian desert. This particular object was an amulet worn around the neck that suggests fertility. Have you noticed that the Ancient Egyptian made many images of the animals from their environment?
Yes, we just thought about that!
What does this mean?
This is the Stela of Amunemhat. The hieroglyphs and the images discuss things Amunemhat wanted for a prosperous afterlife like lots of cattle, food, and fancy clothes.
When was this made?
This was carved around 1938-1875 BCE, so almost 4000 years ago! That time in Ancient Egypt was called the Middle Kingdom.
What is left of this mummy, bones or flesh?
There are definitely bones in the mummy and there is also skin and some flesh too. During the mummification process many organs were removed and the rest of the body was dried out to preserve as much as possible. Check out the wall panels to see some CT scans of the mummies on view!
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

Exhibitions on the First Floor

Also on the First Floor

  • Admissions Desk
  • Museum Shop
  • Dining (The Norm restaurant and bar; BKM Café and Bowl)

Rest rooms are on the first, second, and third floors; those on the first and third floors are wheelchair accessible. The second-floor rest rooms can be reached only via the stairs from the Schapiro Wing on the third floor. Water fountains are near the first- and third-floor rest rooms.

Pick up Assistive Listening Devices at the Admissions Desk.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

Can you tell me what he is holding?
King Iuput II is holding an ankh.
What is an ankh?
An ankh is a hieroglyph that means "life." Be on the lookout for them in writing and also people holding them. If you see someone holding an ankh it means they are a possessor of life and a divine being, which would include pharaohs.
What organs are put in the Canopic jars?
The Canopic jars usually contained the liver, intestines, lungs, and stomach. The ancient Egyptians believed that these organs would be needed in the afterlife. The jars protected them so the deceased could bring them on their journey to the Afterlife.
Do these Canopic jars have any remains of the human organs they once held?
The jars are currently empty, but they once contained the liver, lungs, intestines, and stomach of a woman named Lady Senebtisi.
I know this is a woman. How often were women mummified compared to men?
Generally, royalty, the nobility or the very wealthy could afford lavish and highly decorative funerary rites. It didn't depend on gender, but rather on how wealthy a person was.
What is this box?
That is a Canopic chest. It's designed to hold the jars that would have contained the preserved organs of mummies. If you look around the gallery, you will see examples of the kinds of jars that would be placed in such a case.
What is this?
That beaded netting was used to wrap mummies before putting them into the coffins. It would have added more symbolic decoration to the linen wrappings. The color blue held a lot of meaning especially connected with rebirth in Ancient Egypt.
What does it say on this object and what was it used for?
According to the curators, this inscription says "Superintendent of the Granary, Ptahyeruka." This is a stand with a bowl that would have been used to hold offerings in the tomb of Ptahyeruka.
What is the meaning of the rabbit?
Rabbits were common animals in the Ancient Egyptian desert. This particular object was an amulet worn around the neck that suggests fertility. Have you noticed that the Ancient Egyptian made many images of the animals from their environment?
Yes, we just thought about that!
What does this mean?
This is the Stela of Amunemhat. The hieroglyphs and the images discuss things Amunemhat wanted for a prosperous afterlife like lots of cattle, food, and fancy clothes.
When was this made?
This was carved around 1938-1875 BCE, so almost 4000 years ago! That time in Ancient Egypt was called the Middle Kingdom.
What is left of this mummy, bones or flesh?
There are definitely bones in the mummy and there is also skin and some flesh too. During the mummification process many organs were removed and the rest of the body was dried out to preserve as much as possible. Check out the wall panels to see some CT scans of the mummies on view!
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

Can you tell me what he is holding?
King Iuput II is holding an ankh.
What is an ankh?
An ankh is a hieroglyph that means "life." Be on the lookout for them in writing and also people holding them. If you see someone holding an ankh it means they are a possessor of life and a divine being, which would include pharaohs.
What organs are put in the Canopic jars?
The Canopic jars usually contained the liver, intestines, lungs, and stomach. The ancient Egyptians believed that these organs would be needed in the afterlife. The jars protected them so the deceased could bring them on their journey to the Afterlife.
Do these Canopic jars have any remains of the human organs they once held?
The jars are currently empty, but they once contained the liver, lungs, intestines, and stomach of a woman named Lady Senebtisi.
I know this is a woman. How often were women mummified compared to men?
Generally, royalty, the nobility or the very wealthy could afford lavish and highly decorative funerary rites. It didn't depend on gender, but rather on how wealthy a person was.
What is this box?
That is a Canopic chest. It's designed to hold the jars that would have contained the preserved organs of mummies. If you look around the gallery, you will see examples of the kinds of jars that would be placed in such a case.
What is this?
That beaded netting was used to wrap mummies before putting them into the coffins. It would have added more symbolic decoration to the linen wrappings. The color blue held a lot of meaning especially connected with rebirth in Ancient Egypt.
What does it say on this object and what was it used for?
According to the curators, this inscription says "Superintendent of the Granary, Ptahyeruka." This is a stand with a bowl that would have been used to hold offerings in the tomb of Ptahyeruka.
What is the meaning of the rabbit?
Rabbits were common animals in the Ancient Egyptian desert. This particular object was an amulet worn around the neck that suggests fertility. Have you noticed that the Ancient Egyptian made many images of the animals from their environment?
Yes, we just thought about that!
What does this mean?
This is the Stela of Amunemhat. The hieroglyphs and the images discuss things Amunemhat wanted for a prosperous afterlife like lots of cattle, food, and fancy clothes.
When was this made?
This was carved around 1938-1875 BCE, so almost 4000 years ago! That time in Ancient Egypt was called the Middle Kingdom.
What is left of this mummy, bones or flesh?
There are definitely bones in the mummy and there is also skin and some flesh too. During the mummification process many organs were removed and the rest of the body was dried out to preserve as much as possible. Check out the wall panels to see some CT scans of the mummies on view!
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

By Subway

2/3 to Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum. Transfer to 2/3 from 4/5 (at Nevins Street) and B, D, Q, N, R, and LIRR (at Atlantic Terminal-Barclays Center). See a subway map. Make sure to check with the MTA for any service changes, especially on the weekend.


By Bus

The closest bus stops are:

B41 and B69 at Grand Army Plaza

B45 at St. Johns Place and Washington Avenue

Check with the MTA for the most up-to-date bus information.


By Car

From Manhattan:

Brooklyn Bridge; left at Tillary Street; right on Flatbush Avenue for about 1.5 miles to Grand Army Plaza; about 2/3 around Plaza; right on Eastern Parkway. We're at the first intersection (Eastern Parkway and Washington Avenue). Or: Manhattan Bridge enters directly onto Flatbush Avenue.

From Westchester, the Bronx, Queens, or Connecticut:

Robert F. Kennedy Bridge (Triborough) to Brooklyn Queens Express (BQE); Manhattan Bridge exit to Tillary Street; left onto Flatbush Avenue and proceed according to the directions from Manhattan.

From Staten Island and southern or central New Jersey:

Verrazano-Narrows Bridge to Gowanus Expressway (Route 278 towards Manhattan); exit to 38th Street; left on Fourth Avenue for about 2 miles; right on Union Street; 5 blocks to Grand Army Plaza; go 1/2 around Plaza; right on Eastern Parkway. We're at first intersection (Eastern Parkway and Washington Avenue).

From northern or north central New Jersey:

George Washington Bridge/Holland or Lincoln Tunnel to Manhattan; follow directions from Manhattan.

From Long Island:

Grand Central Parkway to Jackie Robinson Parkway; exit at Bushwick Avenue; left at third traffic light to Eastern Parkway; about 3 miles to Washington Avenue. We're across intersection at left.


Parking

On-site parking is available in the lot behind the Museum, off Washington Avenue. On Target First Saturdays there's a flat rate of $5 beginning at 5 p.m.


Bikes

Park your bicycle at the racks behind the Museum, next to the Sculpture Garden. Bikes are parked at your own risk; we don't accept responsibility for vandalism or theft.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

Can you tell me what he is holding?
King Iuput II is holding an ankh.
What is an ankh?
An ankh is a hieroglyph that means "life." Be on the lookout for them in writing and also people holding them. If you see someone holding an ankh it means they are a possessor of life and a divine being, which would include pharaohs.
What organs are put in the Canopic jars?
The Canopic jars usually contained the liver, intestines, lungs, and stomach. The ancient Egyptians believed that these organs would be needed in the afterlife. The jars protected them so the deceased could bring them on their journey to the Afterlife.
Do these Canopic jars have any remains of the human organs they once held?
The jars are currently empty, but they once contained the liver, lungs, intestines, and stomach of a woman named Lady Senebtisi.
I know this is a woman. How often were women mummified compared to men?
Generally, royalty, the nobility or the very wealthy could afford lavish and highly decorative funerary rites. It didn't depend on gender, but rather on how wealthy a person was.
What is this box?
That is a Canopic chest. It's designed to hold the jars that would have contained the preserved organs of mummies. If you look around the gallery, you will see examples of the kinds of jars that would be placed in such a case.
What is this?
That beaded netting was used to wrap mummies before putting them into the coffins. It would have added more symbolic decoration to the linen wrappings. The color blue held a lot of meaning especially connected with rebirth in Ancient Egypt.
What does it say on this object and what was it used for?
According to the curators, this inscription says "Superintendent of the Granary, Ptahyeruka." This is a stand with a bowl that would have been used to hold offerings in the tomb of Ptahyeruka.
What is the meaning of the rabbit?
Rabbits were common animals in the Ancient Egyptian desert. This particular object was an amulet worn around the neck that suggests fertility. Have you noticed that the Ancient Egyptian made many images of the animals from their environment?
Yes, we just thought about that!
What does this mean?
This is the Stela of Amunemhat. The hieroglyphs and the images discuss things Amunemhat wanted for a prosperous afterlife like lots of cattle, food, and fancy clothes.
When was this made?
This was carved around 1938-1875 BCE, so almost 4000 years ago! That time in Ancient Egypt was called the Middle Kingdom.
What is left of this mummy, bones or flesh?
There are definitely bones in the mummy and there is also skin and some flesh too. During the mummification process many organs were removed and the rest of the body was dried out to preserve as much as possible. Check out the wall panels to see some CT scans of the mummies on view!
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

Can you tell me what he is holding?
King Iuput II is holding an ankh.
What is an ankh?
An ankh is a hieroglyph that means "life." Be on the lookout for them in writing and also people holding them. If you see someone holding an ankh it means they are a possessor of life and a divine being, which would include pharaohs.
What organs are put in the Canopic jars?
The Canopic jars usually contained the liver, intestines, lungs, and stomach. The ancient Egyptians believed that these organs would be needed in the afterlife. The jars protected them so the deceased could bring them on their journey to the Afterlife.
Do these Canopic jars have any remains of the human organs they once held?
The jars are currently empty, but they once contained the liver, lungs, intestines, and stomach of a woman named Lady Senebtisi.
I know this is a woman. How often were women mummified compared to men?
Generally, royalty, the nobility or the very wealthy could afford lavish and highly decorative funerary rites. It didn't depend on gender, but rather on how wealthy a person was.
What is this box?
That is a Canopic chest. It's designed to hold the jars that would have contained the preserved organs of mummies. If you look around the gallery, you will see examples of the kinds of jars that would be placed in such a case.
What is this?
That beaded netting was used to wrap mummies before putting them into the coffins. It would have added more symbolic decoration to the linen wrappings. The color blue held a lot of meaning especially connected with rebirth in Ancient Egypt.
What does it say on this object and what was it used for?
According to the curators, this inscription says "Superintendent of the Granary, Ptahyeruka." This is a stand with a bowl that would have been used to hold offerings in the tomb of Ptahyeruka.
What is the meaning of the rabbit?
Rabbits were common animals in the Ancient Egyptian desert. This particular object was an amulet worn around the neck that suggests fertility. Have you noticed that the Ancient Egyptian made many images of the animals from their environment?
Yes, we just thought about that!
What does this mean?
This is the Stela of Amunemhat. The hieroglyphs and the images discuss things Amunemhat wanted for a prosperous afterlife like lots of cattle, food, and fancy clothes.
When was this made?
This was carved around 1938-1875 BCE, so almost 4000 years ago! That time in Ancient Egypt was called the Middle Kingdom.
What is left of this mummy, bones or flesh?
There are definitely bones in the mummy and there is also skin and some flesh too. During the mummification process many organs were removed and the rest of the body was dried out to preserve as much as possible. Check out the wall panels to see some CT scans of the mummies on view!
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

Can you tell me what he is holding?
King Iuput II is holding an ankh.
What is an ankh?
An ankh is a hieroglyph that means "life." Be on the lookout for them in writing and also people holding them. If you see someone holding an ankh it means they are a possessor of life and a divine being, which would include pharaohs.
What organs are put in the Canopic jars?
The Canopic jars usually contained the liver, intestines, lungs, and stomach. The ancient Egyptians believed that these organs would be needed in the afterlife. The jars protected them so the deceased could bring them on their journey to the Afterlife.
Do these Canopic jars have any remains of the human organs they once held?
The jars are currently empty, but they once contained the liver, lungs, intestines, and stomach of a woman named Lady Senebtisi.
I know this is a woman. How often were women mummified compared to men?
Generally, royalty, the nobility or the very wealthy could afford lavish and highly decorative funerary rites. It didn't depend on gender, but rather on how wealthy a person was.
What is this box?
That is a Canopic chest. It's designed to hold the jars that would have contained the preserved organs of mummies. If you look around the gallery, you will see examples of the kinds of jars that would be placed in such a case.
What is this?
That beaded netting was used to wrap mummies before putting them into the coffins. It would have added more symbolic decoration to the linen wrappings. The color blue held a lot of meaning especially connected with rebirth in Ancient Egypt.
What does it say on this object and what was it used for?
According to the curators, this inscription says "Superintendent of the Granary, Ptahyeruka." This is a stand with a bowl that would have been used to hold offerings in the tomb of Ptahyeruka.
What is the meaning of the rabbit?
Rabbits were common animals in the Ancient Egyptian desert. This particular object was an amulet worn around the neck that suggests fertility. Have you noticed that the Ancient Egyptian made many images of the animals from their environment?
Yes, we just thought about that!
What does this mean?
This is the Stela of Amunemhat. The hieroglyphs and the images discuss things Amunemhat wanted for a prosperous afterlife like lots of cattle, food, and fancy clothes.
When was this made?
This was carved around 1938-1875 BCE, so almost 4000 years ago! That time in Ancient Egypt was called the Middle Kingdom.
What is left of this mummy, bones or flesh?
There are definitely bones in the mummy and there is also skin and some flesh too. During the mummification process many organs were removed and the rest of the body was dried out to preserve as much as possible. Check out the wall panels to see some CT scans of the mummies on view!
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

Can you tell me what he is holding?
King Iuput II is holding an ankh.
What is an ankh?
An ankh is a hieroglyph that means "life." Be on the lookout for them in writing and also people holding them. If you see someone holding an ankh it means they are a possessor of life and a divine being, which would include pharaohs.
What organs are put in the Canopic jars?
The Canopic jars usually contained the liver, intestines, lungs, and stomach. The ancient Egyptians believed that these organs would be needed in the afterlife. The jars protected them so the deceased could bring them on their journey to the Afterlife.
Do these Canopic jars have any remains of the human organs they once held?
The jars are currently empty, but they once contained the liver, lungs, intestines, and stomach of a woman named Lady Senebtisi.
I know this is a woman. How often were women mummified compared to men?
Generally, royalty, the nobility or the very wealthy could afford lavish and highly decorative funerary rites. It didn't depend on gender, but rather on how wealthy a person was.
What is this box?
That is a Canopic chest. It's designed to hold the jars that would have contained the preserved organs of mummies. If you look around the gallery, you will see examples of the kinds of jars that would be placed in such a case.
What is this?
That beaded netting was used to wrap mummies before putting them into the coffins. It would have added more symbolic decoration to the linen wrappings. The color blue held a lot of meaning especially connected with rebirth in Ancient Egypt.
What does it say on this object and what was it used for?
According to the curators, this inscription says "Superintendent of the Granary, Ptahyeruka." This is a stand with a bowl that would have been used to hold offerings in the tomb of Ptahyeruka.
What is the meaning of the rabbit?
Rabbits were common animals in the Ancient Egyptian desert. This particular object was an amulet worn around the neck that suggests fertility. Have you noticed that the Ancient Egyptian made many images of the animals from their environment?
Yes, we just thought about that!
What does this mean?
This is the Stela of Amunemhat. The hieroglyphs and the images discuss things Amunemhat wanted for a prosperous afterlife like lots of cattle, food, and fancy clothes.
When was this made?
This was carved around 1938-1875 BCE, so almost 4000 years ago! That time in Ancient Egypt was called the Middle Kingdom.
What is left of this mummy, bones or flesh?
There are definitely bones in the mummy and there is also skin and some flesh too. During the mummification process many organs were removed and the rest of the body was dried out to preserve as much as possible. Check out the wall panels to see some CT scans of the mummies on view!
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

Can you tell me what he is holding?
King Iuput II is holding an ankh.
What is an ankh?
An ankh is a hieroglyph that means "life." Be on the lookout for them in writing and also people holding them. If you see someone holding an ankh it means they are a possessor of life and a divine being, which would include pharaohs.
What organs are put in the Canopic jars?
The Canopic jars usually contained the liver, intestines, lungs, and stomach. The ancient Egyptians believed that these organs would be needed in the afterlife. The jars protected them so the deceased could bring them on their journey to the Afterlife.
Do these Canopic jars have any remains of the human organs they once held?
The jars are currently empty, but they once contained the liver, lungs, intestines, and stomach of a woman named Lady Senebtisi.
I know this is a woman. How often were women mummified compared to men?
Generally, royalty, the nobility or the very wealthy could afford lavish and highly decorative funerary rites. It didn't depend on gender, but rather on how wealthy a person was.
What is this box?
That is a Canopic chest. It's designed to hold the jars that would have contained the preserved organs of mummies. If you look around the gallery, you will see examples of the kinds of jars that would be placed in such a case.
What is this?
That beaded netting was used to wrap mummies before putting them into the coffins. It would have added more symbolic decoration to the linen wrappings. The color blue held a lot of meaning especially connected with rebirth in Ancient Egypt.
What does it say on this object and what was it used for?
According to the curators, this inscription says "Superintendent of the Granary, Ptahyeruka." This is a stand with a bowl that would have been used to hold offerings in the tomb of Ptahyeruka.
What is the meaning of the rabbit?
Rabbits were common animals in the Ancient Egyptian desert. This particular object was an amulet worn around the neck that suggests fertility. Have you noticed that the Ancient Egyptian made many images of the animals from their environment?
Yes, we just thought about that!
What does this mean?
This is the Stela of Amunemhat. The hieroglyphs and the images discuss things Amunemhat wanted for a prosperous afterlife like lots of cattle, food, and fancy clothes.
When was this made?
This was carved around 1938-1875 BCE, so almost 4000 years ago! That time in Ancient Egypt was called the Middle Kingdom.
What is left of this mummy, bones or flesh?
There are definitely bones in the mummy and there is also skin and some flesh too. During the mummification process many organs were removed and the rest of the body was dried out to preserve as much as possible. Check out the wall panels to see some CT scans of the mummies on view!
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.