The Egypt Centre houses an important collection of Egyptian antiquities. The museum, officially opened in September 1998, has a collection of over 3,000 Egyptian antiquities once owned by the manufacturing pharmacist Sir Henry Wellcome (1853-1936). The museum comprises of two galleries called The House of Life and The House of Death as well as a gift shop. There is a cafe/coffee shop adjacent to the museum.
Museum, Archaeological site
Sun-Mon & Bank holidays Closed
£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
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.
Daemons, Spells and Spirits of the Dead!
- 15 May 2014 5-8pm
Families and individuals are invited to come along to the Museum for a free, fun evening devoted to ancient Egyptian attitudes to daemons, spirits of the dead and magic spells. We will have mummification demonstrations explaining how the Egyptians ensured that their dead made it successfully to the afterlife.
Come and play the ancient board game of senet, which as well as being a lot of fun, was believed to be a way of communicating with the world beyond! Our volunteers will be available to help those who wish to play. We will have a ‘Daemon Hunters Trail’ for older children and adults to hunt out the objects in our galleries associated with these liminal entities, as well as several trails suitable for younger children.
At 6pm there is a formal guided 'daemon' tour but for this particular activity numbers are limited to 10 so please sign up in advance (by contacting the Egypt Centre 01792 295960).
- Any age
- Family friendly