It's big, it's green and it's found a new home at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

A 10-foot, sarcophagus that may date back to 664 BC will soon be on display in the museum's new Hall of Ancient Egypt. This week museum staff allowed media a sneak peak at the new 10,000-square-foot hall and the sarcophagus of Gemshuankh, a priest of the god Hersihef. The hall opens to museum members Memorial Day Weekend and to the general public May 31.

The new permanent Egypt hall is part of HMNS' major expansion that began with the opening of the Hall of Paleontology last summer. Thousands of years after the Egyptians ruled the Nile Valley, people remain fascinated by this civilization that flourished for more than three millennia. The hall's exhibits will explore everything from writing and religion to natural resources and burial practices of the ancient culture.

Hundreds of artifacts, including the museum's mummy, Ankh Hap, will be on display in the hall. Instead of displaying staid exhibits, the hall aims to immerse visitors in the daily life of ancient Egypt.

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