The Egypt Centre houses the largest collection of Egyptian antiquities in Wales. The museum officially opened in September 1998, and has over 5000 items in the collection.
Most of the artefacts were collected by the pharmacist Sir Henry Wellcome(1853-1936). Others came to us from: the British Museum; the Royal Edinburgh Museum; National Museums and Galleries of Wales Cardiff; the Royal Albert Museum and Art Gallery, Woking College and also private donors.
The museum comprises of two galleries, The House of Life upstairs which tells the story of the daily lives of the ancient Egyptians, and The House of Death downstairs which as well as a gift shop.
Sir Henry Wellcome collected items from excavations. Included in the Egypt Centre collection are items from Armant, Amarna, Deir el-Medina, Esna, Mostagedda, Qau, etc. Additionally he collected items from individuals. These included Robert de Rustafjaell, Gayner-Anderson, Berens, Cesnola, Rev. William Frankland Hood and the Rev. William MacGregor.
There is a cafe/coffee shop adjacent to the museum.
Museum, Archaeological site, Heritage site
Tuesday - Saturday 10:00am to 4:00pm (extended summer hours: August 10:00am to 5:00pm)
Not open Sundays, Mondays or Bank Holidays.
£2 a head for school party and group organised hands-on activities (£2.50 on Saturday)
£1 a head specially organised open hours guided tours
£2 a head evening guided tours
Conference rates and corporate booking rates available on request
Events costs vary, please see Whats On - www.egypt.swansea.ac.uk
The collection consists of some 3,000 Egyptian antiquities and covers the time span of c4000 BC- AD 500. Some 250 objects derive from the Egyptian Exploration Fund excavations at Tell el-Amarna, as well as Armant. Objects include the painted coffin of a lady musician from Thebes, beautiful bead necklaces from the time of Tutankhamun and a mummified crocodile.
Items from this collection
Archaeology, Costume and Textiles, Design, Medicine, Personalities, Religion, Science and Technology, Social History, Sport, Toys and Hobbies, Trade and Commerce, Weapons and War, World Cultures
Key artists and exhibits
- As well as the objects, there are various hands-on activities for children young and old. This includes dressing up and learning about the picture writing, hieroglyphs, and calculating using the ancient Egyptian maths and measuring systems. Visitors enjoy playing the game of senet, which was a popular Egyptian board game. Visitors are allowed to handle real ancient Egyptian objects some are 50,000 years old! Children enjoy learning the art of mummification and pull the brain and organs out of a model mummy and bandage it. We have noticed adults go a bit pale but children love this activity! They also make clay food offerings for the mummy.