Through eight subject areas different aspects of Ancient Egypt are covered, a legendary civilisation that left an indelible mark on human history. With informative panels, original, replica and interactive pieces, Ancient Egypt’s cultural advances and scientific contributions in areas such as funeral architecture; hieroglyphic writing; agriculture and astronomy; mummification or medicine are explained. But one of the highlights of the exhibit are the spaces dedicated to Howard Carter’s discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb in November 1922. The exhibit concludes with a reflection on the significance of death and the “Final Judgement” for Ancient Egyptians.
The display begins by locating the Nile, the second longest river in the world, as the backbone of this civilisation, offering a complete timeline in order to understand its development. One of the most striking aspects of Ancient Egypt is the burial customs. Throughout the exhibit discover how the tombs evolved from shallow wells dug in the desert sand in the Predynastic Era, to the universally known Pyramids of Giza (Khufu, Khafre, Menkaure) in the Fourth Dynasty, considered one of humanity’s greatest mysteries because of its construction methodology. It also shows the scientific contributions of Ancient Egyptians, who were great observers of the sky. Because of this, they were able to understand astronomical phenomena such as solar and lunar cycles. An exhibit on Ancient Egypt would not be complete without a space dedicated to another one of its hallmarks, mummification. The preservation of the body was essential for survival in the afterlife, which was nothing more than the beginning of the desired eternal life, which they worked for their whole lives.
Free guided tours are included with the general entrance to the Museum: Saturdays, Sundays and holidays at 11:00 and 11:30 h. Place reservation in order of arrival.