EGYPT TODAY -- At the Smithsonian Castle Museum of Natural History, Hirshhorn, Freer and Museum of American History, daily, 10 to 5:30; at the Museum of African Art, Monday through Friday, 11 to 5, weekends, noon to 5; at Meridian House, weekdays, 9 to 5, Saturday, 10 to 5, Sunday, noon to 5; and at the Phillips Collection, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 to 5, Sunday, 2 to 7.
Even if the sculpture, photographs, artifacts and engravings of the "Egypt Today" symposium were collected in one hall, the show wouldn't rival King Tut's.
But instead, six Smithsonian museums and a handful of others have mounted modest exhibits, along with lectures, films and classes, spreading Egyptology around town. The far-flung effort, running concurrently in Houston and Los Angeles, is the fifth in a series of international exhibitions.
The Smithsonian Castle presents "Arts of Ancient Egypt: Treasures on Another Scale," through April 26. The 50 Artifacts from the Egyptian Museum in Cairo include stone sculptures, bronze figures, jewelry and a sphinx -- antiquities from the pre-dynastic period through the ages of Ptolemies.
At the Freer, "Ancient Egyptian Art" features glass vessels from the 15th to the 10th centuries B.C., on view through May. The Hirshhorn has the "Jahmoud Moukhtar (1891-1934)" exhibit on the third floor, with 15 sculptures by Egypt's most prominent modern sculptor.
The Renwick displays 24 contemporary embroidered works from Akhmin, through April 26, and the Museum of American History exhibits 12 volumes with Engravings from the Smithsonian Institution Libraries, depicting scientific expeditions to Egypt made under Napoleon and their later influence on American design.
Beyond the Mall, the Museum of African Art features "Traditional Costumes and Jewelry of Egypt" from all regions of the country, through April 30.Meridian House International offers costumes, kelim rugs, basketry and modern jewelry by five contemporary Egyptian artists, through April. And the Philip Collection has two large works by Egyptian sculptor Ramzi Moustafa, also through April.