Egypt. Land of Immortality

1 April until 2 October 2016

Egypt. Land of ImmortalityEgypt. Land of Immortality
On display: statuette of the god Anubis (collection: Rijksmuseum van Oudheden)On display: statuette of the god Anubis (collection: Rijksmuseum van Oudheden)
On display: 'book of the dead' of Padikonsu (collection: Rijksmuseum van Oudheden)On display: 'book of the dead' of Padikonsu (collection: Rijksmuseum van Oudheden)

With magnificent sculptures, bronze figures of the gods, colourful mummy cases, and age-old mummies, Egypt. Land of Immortality shows how the ancient Egyptians prepared for eternal life in the next world. The exhibition also includes many luxurious grave goods, such as magical scarabs, jewellery, cosmetics, and ritual spells on papyrus scrolls. The more than 150 objects all come from the museum's own collection. Some have never been on public display before. 

Life after death in ancient Egypt

Ancient Egypt is an enduring source of inspiration and fascination, as the land of pyramids and mummies, the desert and the Nile. Ancient Egyptian practices relating to the afterlife fill many people with astonishment. Egyptians put a great deal of energy into constructing magnificently decorated tombs, filled with beautiful objects, and preserving the body after death. They saw themselves as preparing, not for death, but for eternal life in the divine afterworld. They wanted their stay there to be as pleasant as possible. That's why it was important to them to take along temple prayers, richly adorned mummy cases, and treasured personal possessions in their tombs.

Permanent exhibition to reopen in mid-October 2016

The National Museum of Antiquities has an impressive collection of objects from ancient Egypt. This collection is used in part for travelling exhibitions. Many of the objects in Egypt. Land of Immortality have been on a five-year world tour to destinations including Canada, Japan, Scotland, and Spain. The permanent exhibition on Egypt will reopen, following renovations, in October 2016. But even before then, you can enjoy part of the museum’s world-famous Egyptian collection in Leiden.