Join our museum curators to find out more about their jobs, what they enjoyed when they were 8, and to hear some fascinating facts about ancient Egypt.

Classes: P3-5
Cost: £3 per pupil
Timings: 10:30 (60 mins) (check your booking for timings and arrive at the museum at least 15 minutes before the start of your workshop)
Dates available: Mon 3 June 2019 (LIMITED SPACES REMAINING)
Booking: Complete the booking request form

Our new ancient Egypt gallery contains amazing objects that have never been seen by visitors before. Who did they belong to? What can they tell us about the ancient Egyptians? Find out more as your class meet the experts working behind the scenes at the museum in this event in our Auditorium.

In March and April, pupils will meet Dr Dan Potter, in May and June, pupils will meet Dr Margaret Maitland. Both worked on the new ancient Egypt gallery and will reveal secrets behind some of the objects that pupils can see during their visit. Pupils will also hear about how Dan and Margaret came to work in museums, and what they were interested in when they were in Primary 3!

Classes will compete against museum staff in our ancient Egyptian gameshow to win a prize. 

Your class will be sitting in rows, similar to a theatre, for this event. Please let us know on the day if you have any children that you'd like to sit at the end of a row.


The event runs 10.30-11.30am. We ask that you arrive at the museum by 10.15am at the latest as seating will begin at 10.20am. We may have to start the event without your class if you are running late.

Due to the large numbers of pupils taking part in these events, your class will be allocated a timeslot for lunch and visiting the ancient Egypt gallery. The slots available are:

11:3012:00 lunch, 12:0013:00 ancient Egypt gallery visit

12:00–14:30 lunch, 12:3013:30 ancient Egypt gallery visit

11:3012:30 ancient Egypt gallery visit, 12:3013:00 lunch

Ancient Egypt Rediscovered gallery

Ancient Egypt Rediscovered covers 3,000 years of history, highlighting the stories of individuals to engage visitors with this remarkable civilisation. Objects on display include the only intact royal burial group outside of Egypt, the only double coffin ever discovered in Egypt and a cosmetics box which is one of the finest examples of decorative woodwork to survive from ancient Egypt. The gallery will also chart the remarkable contribution made by Scots to the development of Egyptology.

Download our new trail led by Hedjet the Hippo and find the answers in our teachers notes.

Follow up activities

Play our Ancient Egyptian games.

Curriculum links





 As I listen and talk in different situations, I am learning to take turns and am developing my awareness of when to talk and when to listen.

LIT 0-02a / ENG 0-03a

When I engage with others, I know when and how to listen, when to talk, how much to say, when to ask questions and how to respond with respect.

LIT 1-02a



As I listen and take part in conversations and discussions, I discover new words and phrases which I use to help me express my ideas, thoughts and feelings.

LIT 0-10a


I can communicate clearly when engaging with others within and beyond my place of learning, using selected resources3 as required.

LIT 1-10a


Social studies

I have explored how people lived in the past and have used imaginative play to show how their lives were different from my own and the people around me.

SOC 0-04a

I can compare aspects of people’s daily lives in the past with my own by using historical evidence or the experience of recreating an historical setting.

SOC 1-04a




By exploring a natural environment different from my own, I can discover how the physical features influence the variety of living things.

SOC 1-13b


 Expressive Arts

Inspired by a range of stimuli, I can express and communicate my ideas, thoughts and feelings through drama.

EXA 0-13a / EXA 1-13a


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