Egypt

Mummy cases in the Egyptian galleries (photo: Rob Overmeer)Mummy cases in the Egyptian galleries (photo: Rob Overmeer)
Statues in the Egyptian galleries (photo: Rob Overmeer)Statues in the Egyptian galleries (photo: Rob Overmeer)

Over 1400 objects from the world-renowned Egyptian collection of the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden are on display in the permanent exhibition Egypt, with of course great attention to the colorful mummies and fascinating mummies. They tell the story of Egypt, one of the most imaginative cultures of ancient times. The Egyptian galleries were renewed in 2016 and cover the entire ground floor of the museum.

This exhibition has no end date and is permanent to visit.

From highlight to highlight

The permanent exhibition is based on the highlights of the museum collection, which tell the story of ancient Egypt's fascinating culture. The galleries show many of them: the double statue of Maya and Merit, the reliefs of General Horemheb, the mummy case of the priest Djedmontuiufankh, the pillars from the tombs of Ptahmes, the stone monuments from Abydos, the funerary chapel (mastaba) of Hetepheraket from Saqqara, and much more.

Crocodile mummy 'dissected'

One of the galleries offers an introduction to the history and topography of ancient Egypt from c. 10,000 BC to 1,000 AD. You can also explore galleries with themes like religion, the realm of the dead, and the excavation of the museum in Saqqara. And of course, plenty of attention is devoted to our famous collection of mummies and mummy cases. An interactive application lets you examine mummies from the collection yourself: on two touch screens, you can virtually dissect a three-metre-long crocodile mummy and the mummy of the priest Ankhhor and find out what lies beneath the wrappings.