By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– The Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art (RAFFMA) at Cal State San Bernardino will present an Ancient Egyptian Family Day led by W. Benson Harer Egyptology Scholar in Residence Jessica Tomkins on Saturday, March 9, from 2-4 p.m.
This all-ages event will allow visitors to explore the rich history of ancient Egypt, from their religious beliefs to their burial practices with family friendly activities. Tomkins will lead an exciting tour of the museum’s current exhibition, “Journey to the Beyond: Ancient Egyptians in the Pursuit of Eternity.” Complete with a scavenger hunt and art activities, visitors of all ages will learn about the ancient Egyptian culture.
Tomkins is the inaugural W. Benson Harer Egyptology Scholar in Residence at California State University, San Bernardino, where she is currently teaching ancient Egyptian history and researching objects at RAFFMA. She completed her Ph.D. in Egyptology at Brown University in 2018. She holds a Master of Studies in ancient Greek history from the University of Oxford and a bachelor’s in ancient history and Egyptology from University College London.
In 2017, Tomkins worked at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts as the Terrace Research Associate in Egyptian Art. She has published research on the local governors of Old Kingdom Egypt and has previously given lectures throughout California and New England.
The Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art is a nationally recognized museum accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. The only accredited art museum in San Bernardino, RAFFMA has accumulated a permanent collection of nearly 1,200 objects focusing on Egyptian antiquities, ceramics and contemporary art. Located at Cal State San Bernardino, RAFFMA houses the largest permanent and public display of Egyptian art in Southern California.
General admission to the museum is free. Suggested donation is $3. Parking at Cal State San Bernardino is $6 per vehicle and $3 on weekends.
The museum is open Monday–Wednesday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday, noon-8 p.m. and closed Friday and Sunday. For more information, call (909) 537-7373 or visit the RAFFMA website at raffma.csusb.edu.