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Egypt

Over 1,400 objects from the world-renowned Egyptian collection of the National Museum of Antiquities are on display in the permanent exhibition Egypt. The highlights naturally include the museum’s fascinating mummies and their colourful cases. The exhibits tell the story of Egypt, one of the most imaginative cultures of ancient times. The Egyptian galleries were upgraded in 2016 and take up the entire ground floor of the museum.

From one highlight to the next

The permanent exhibition is based on the highlights of the museum collection, which tell the story of the fascinating culture of Ancient Egypt. The superb items displayed in the galleries include the double statue of Maya and Merit, the reliefs of General Horemheb, the mummy case of the priest Djedmontuiufankh, the pillars from the tomb of Ptahmes, the stone monuments from Abydos, the mastaba or funerary chapel of Hetepheraket (Saqqara), and many others.

Crocodile mummy ‘dissected’

One of the galleries offers an introduction to the history and topography of ancient Egypt from c. 10,000 BC to 1000 AD. You may also choose to explore the galleries by focusing on specific themes, such as religion, the realm of the dead, or the museum’s excavations in Saqqara. And the exhibition naturally devotes ample attention to our famous collection of mummies and mummy cases. An interactive application enables you to perform your own examinations: there are two touch screens that you can use to virtually dissect a three-metre crocodile mummy and the mummy of the priest Ankhhor and to discover what lies beneath the wrappings.

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