Musée de la Civilisacion, as you may have guessed, translates from French into "Museum of Civilization" and is located in Quebec, Canada. Their latest exhibit takes you back to ancient Egypt to learn about the process behind mummification, and the significance of the rituals these desert dwellers engaged in to secure a blissful afterlife.
The exhibit site is all in flash and has a variety of features to engage the user in the learning process. When you enter, you choose between French of English, and immediately are immersed in a world where organs are placed in jars and ancient gods assist the dead on their journey into the afterlife. To take your own journey, simply click on any of four stages of mummification to play a fun game to learn about the steps to becoming a mummy and get additional information that you can later spew out to friends at the end of a long night.
There are three stages of learning that one must go through before entering the "Sarcophagi Chamber" to earn your place in the underworld. The mummification process will teach you the steps in turning a body into a mummy. The "Canopic Jars" section will educate you as to which internal organ belongs under the surveillance of which Egyptian god. The "Weighing of the Heart" will help you find out if you are truly to take a place in the sacred afterlife. If you successfully complete all three stages, you will be awarded a place in the Sarcophagi Chamber, along with a cartouche of your own name in a customizable wallpaper image.
Musée de la Civilisacion has done a really great job making this a fun and educational experience. If you so desire, you can book a travel package to visit the real exhibit in Quebec, Canada. If you have an interest in Egyptian mythology, or even just a few minutes to kill on some fun, easy games, definitely check it out. Let us know what place you received in the pharoe's tomb, and what your cartouche looks like in the comments below!