by Re Carroll
Abbotsford, British Columbia
June 23, 2001
There is an extensive collection of artifacts from ancient Greece, Rome, Cyprus, West Asia (Turkey) and Etruria. Among the exhibits are jewellery, household goods, vases, pottery, weapons and tools. The Egyptian section has a scale model of the pyramids of Giza and a computer that will print your name in hieroglyphics although it wasn't working when I was there.
There is a number of impressive statues including one from Greece's Temple of Apollo and another one of Mausollos, the King of Caria in the mid 4th century bc. When he died, his wife had a magnificent tomb built for him that become one of the Seven Ancient Wonders. This is where the word mausoleum comes from.
There is a small shop at the entrance that sells books, postcards and some replicas from the collection.
Admission is f9.50 (approx. $4.oo US) and there are NO flash pictures allowed. The museum is open Tuesday to Friday from 10 to 5 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 pm. It is easily accessible via Tram #20.
Their phone number is (020) 525 2556.
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