Ancient lives, new discoveries

Think you know mummies? Think again.

Extended until 19th April 2015

The exhibition will introduce visitors to eight real people who were mummified in ancient Egypt and Sudan. Using the latest technology to understand the mummies, the exhibition will unlock hidden secrets to build up a picture of their lives in the Nile Valley over a remarkable 4,000 years – from prehistoric Egypt to Christian Sudan.
From a priest’s daughter to a temple singer, a man of high status to a child, a temple doorkeeper to a woman with a Christian tattoo, visitors will find out how they lived and how they died, unravel the mysteries of mummification and piece together a world that has been lost for centuries. Visitors will discover that underneath all the apparent differences, we all share a remarkable common humanity.

Sponsored by Julius Baer.
Technology partner Samsung.

Please note: tickets for the same day are only available to purchase at the Ticket Desk in the Museum and are not available to purchase online or by telephone.

Image:Mummy of a priest's daughter named Tamut in a painted case, and CT scan of the same mummy. From Thebes, Egypt, 22nd Dynasty, c. 900 BC.


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Ancient lives, new discoveries

Extended until 19th April 2015

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