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Immerse yourself in the history and culture of ancient Egypt in this must-see exhibition at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra.

Sessions are filling fast so please book exhibition tickets in advance, to avoid disappointment. The car park may be full so consider other ways of getting here.

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Rare and remarkable artefacts

Journey to the land of the pyramids to discover stunning objects from the remarkable collection of the Dutch National Museum of Antiquities (Rijksmuseum van Oudheden).

See ornate sculptures, rare Book of the Dead scrolls and exquisite jewellery, along with 10 coffins, which reveal insights into the everyday life and culture of the ancient Egyptians.

Discovering Ancient Egypt draws on centuries of study of the lived experiences of the ancient Egyptians. Explore their gods and society, creativity and belief in an eternal afterlife.

Read curator Craig Middleton's tips for your exhibition visit

Scroll depicting five Egyptian figures, three of which appear to be in servitude of the other two. Hieroglyphics run along the top section and the edges on the right hand side is tattered.
Book of the Dead of Padikhonsu, about 1076–944 BCE

Experience ancient Egypt

Step through the life-sized recreated facade of the Temple of Taffeh, illuminated by a striking, large-scale graphic presentation.

Explore new insights into ancient Egyptian culture, revealed by excavation, 3D-scanning and other research by the Dutch National Museum of Antiquities, in a series of fascinating digital interactives.

Discovering Ancient Egypt is on show at the National Museum of Australia from 15 December 2023 to 8 September 2024.

The exhibition includes the display of mummified people and animals. There are five mummified individuals: the women Sensaos and Ta(net)kharu, or Tadis; the man Harerem; an unknown male and an unknown female. The people are displayed in a separate room. The original linen bandages that wrap each of these individuals are intact.

While these mummified people are in the Museum’s care, we take our custodial responsibilities very seriously. Consultations with the Museum’s Indigenous Reference Group and Egyptian–Australian communities ensure the respectful custodianship and display of these individuals. These people have been welcomed to the National Museum of Australia by local traditional custodians.

We approach this issue with a clear understanding of the responsibility and trust invested in us. The existence of these mummified people prompts us all to think about profound questions relating to life and death, as well as changing funerary rites and practices, in the past, present and future.

We hope the exhibition prompts visitors to reflect on these same big questions.

Acknowledgements

The Australian tour of the exhibition is a partnership between the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden, the National Museum of Australia, the Western Australian Museum and the Queensland Museum Network.

The Discovering Ancient Egypt exhibition is supported by the Australian Government International Exhibitions Insurance (AGIEI) Program.

This program provides funding for the purchase of insurance for significant cultural exhibitions. Without AGIEI, the high cost of insuring significant cultural items would prohibit this major exhibition from touring to Australia.

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TypePrice
Adult (16+) $25
Concession $20
Child  (5–16 years) $12.50
Family (2 adults, 2 children) $62.50
Child (0–4 years) Free
Friends adult $17.50
Friends child Free
Exhibition Members Free
Self-guided tours Free

Treat family and friends to the wonders of ancient Egypt with an exhibition gift ticket voucher.

Available for purchase at the Information Desk for adult, child, family and concession tickets.

Visit Discovering Ancient Egypt during one of our quiet hours sessions. Sessions start Tuesday 20 February and then the first Tuesday of the month from March, from 4–6pm.

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Quiet hours sessions offer reduced noise and sensory experiences. They are designed for visitors with low sensory needs, including those on the autism spectrum. Exhibition ticket costs apply.

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Events

Join us for a series of activities and events that bring our Egypt exhibition to life.

Ancient Egypt school excursions

Book a school program with a Museum educator, for students in years 5–12.

Celebrate art, culture and connection, with creative activities for children and families, fascinating talks, world-class performances, festivals and evening events that bring our Egypt exhibition to life.

Special events

Spotlight conversations

Hear from Egyptian–Australians and subject specialists in our monthly series. Various dates, costs apply.

Joseph Tawadros in concert

Join us for this remarkable evening of music, featuring James Tawadros, with a new show added by popular demand. 19 Mar 24, costs apply

Illuminating Egypt cultural festival

Experience the sights, sounds and tastes of Egypt at the Museum. 13 Apr 24, free

Families and Access

Family activities

Take our kids audio tour, pick up a free family guide or join one of our hands-on activities.

Access

Book a quiet hours session or watch our free online Auslan tour. Various dates.

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Ancient Egypt school excursions

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Egypt exhibition catalogue

Available in hard or soft cover.

Take a free self-guided audio or Auslan tour, before, during or after your visit. Use your device to connect to the Museum's free wifi.

ENHANCE YOUR EGYPT EXPERIENCE

Adults

Discover more about the exhibition’s most intriguing objects, as chosen by our curators and presented by Egyptian–Australian actor Helana Sawires.

Kids

Join guides Cleocatra the cat and Ahmose the ba bird as they sneak through the exhibition after closing time. Recommended for ages 6–12.

Auslan

Discover more about the exhibition’s most intriguing objects, as chosen by our curators and signed by Expression Australia.

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Egypt exhibition catalogue

Buy your catalogue, in hard or soft cover.

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Cover for Discovering Ancient Egypt catalogue.

A must-have memento featuring objects on show in the exhibition from the renowned Egyptian and Nubian Collection of the Dutch National Museum of Antiquities. These objects are framed by reflections on the history of the Dutch museum and insights into contemporary Egyptology, from the latest scientific research and collaborations with the Egyptian people, to understanding the reception of this ancient world in Australia.

Available instore or online. $39.95 (soft cover) or $59.95 (hard cover)

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Ignite your senses in our souk-inspired exhibition shop! Discover a beautiful range of jewellery, books, children’s toys, puzzles and games, Egyptian-made perfume bottles, replica ornaments, textiles and spices.

Open 9am–5pm daily.

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