Experience Ancient Egyptian culture and see how life flourished along the banks of the Nile.

Over 5,000 years ago, Egypt became a state that unified many cities and towns along the Nile River. Since then, ancient Egypt’s powerful pharaohs, phenomenal pyramids and extraordinary art have captivated people’s imagination all over the world.



Discover everyday life in one of the most fabled cultures in human history. Through hundreds of artifacts, stunning artwork and interactives, gain insights into the public, private, and sacred spaces of Ancient Egyptian people, and their impact on our own culture.

Through immersive displays and interactives you'll discover:

  • The life and fate of the pharaohs
  • Ancient Egyptian religion, gods and the afterlife
  • Personal beauty as the Egyptians saw it
  • The landscape and climate that allowed society to prosper
  • How heirogplyphs empowered the state for dynasties 
  • The sacred spaces that adjoined the living and the dead

A coffin for the overseer of the granary Nakht in the exhibition "Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs." ©MuseumsPartner

Did you know?


  • The Egyptian empire was the first unified and centralised state in human history.
  • Egyptians depended on the natural rhythm of the Nile as a source of water, fertile soil for agriculture, and a means of transport.
  • Egyptians worshiped more than 2,000 different gods.
  • The pharaoh was not only the political and religious leader but also representative of the gods on earth.
  • Women could take the throne of the pharaoh when there was no male successor. The most successful female pharaoh was Hatshepsut, who ruled Egypt for over 20 years.
  • Women and men of equivalent social status were treated as equals in front of the law, but the average woman’s responsibilities were restricted to the household.

Inner coffin and mummy of Lady Ta-Khar in the exhibition "Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs." ©MuseumsPartner


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This exhibition is a joint venture between and produced by MuseumsPartner in Austria, the University of Aberdeen Museum, the Roemer- und Pelizaeus-Museum and Lokschuppen.