• Tutankhamun Needlepoint

    Mrs. Binkley and Jan with Needlepoint.  Mrs. Binkley made the needlepoint in the late 1970s after the exhibit,  The Treasures of Tutankhamun. She graciously donated it permanently for this exhibit.

  • Canopic Jar

    Used to store internal organs of the mummy


The first Ancient Egypt/Roman artifact exhibit at the college and museum includes Falco tinnunculus, a mummy of a kestrel falcon.  The exhibit features artifacts from ancient Egypt and Rome (18th Dynasty-1st Century A.D. ), faience Ushabti figures, (workers for the deceased in the afterlife), inscribed scarabs, beads, and 2 Roman pots from the ruins of Pompeii belonging to the museum's collection. Both were donated to the Museum in the early 1900s.  


(at Boise Art Museum from February 23, 2013 to January 12, 2O14)

The Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History and The Boise Art Museum joined to present an exhibit featuring objects from tribal communities in Africa, Papua New Guinea and North America Native cultures spanning the time period from pre-European contact through the 20th century.  The exhibit encouraged visitors to examine the ways that art forms in diverse cultures have contributed to our contemporary senses of place, art, community and identity. It received more than 35,000 visitors.

The exhibit was organized by Jan Summers Duffy (an Archaeologist and Curator at the Orma J. Smith Museum) and Catherine Rakow (a Curator at The Boise Art Museum), with help from many other people. More than 150 artifacts (over 1/3 of those in the exhibit) were from from the archaeological and ethnographic collections of the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History.

Partial funding for the exhibit was provided by a grant from the United States Institute of Museum and Library Services.