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A touring exhibition examining Scotland’s contribution to Egyptology through the lives of three remarkable people.


Bringing together fascinating objects and hidden stories from the collections of National Museums Scotland and museums around the country, this exhibition uncovers how ancient Egypt captivated Scotland over the past 200 years, as it still does today.

Through the intriguing stories of an archaeologist, an astronomer and an artist, Discovering Ancient Egypt brings to life the contribution Scotland has made to Egyptology and reveals important ancient Egyptian collections from across the country.

The exhibition is accompanied by an events programme at each venue giving further opportunities to explore this fascinating subject and your local museum.

Discovering Ancient Egypt has been developed as part of a national programme of activity focused on ancient Egypt and East Asia in support of new galleries which opened at the National Museum of Scotland in February 2019.

Supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Hugh Fraser Foundation 

National Lottery Heritage Fund

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Ancient Egypt across Scotland

An incredible array of Egyptian objects can be found in museums across Scotland, from tiny amulets to massive stone monuments. National Museums Scotland and museums across the country are studying these artefacts together to improve our understanding of ancient Egyptian culture and Scotland’s contribution to Egyptology.

Ancient Egypt and East Asia National Programme

The Ancient Egypt and East Asia National Programme was a two year project working with partner museums across Scotland to discover and reveal new and interesting stories about their ancient Egyptian, Chinese, Japanese and Korean collections.
Exhibition information


Touring Scotland from March 2019 to April 2021

Tour schedule

Hawick Museum
8 March – 2 June 2019

Montrose Museum 
8 June – 7 September 2019

The Baird Institute, Cumnock
14 September – 14 December 2019

Perth Museum and Art Gallery
25 January – 4 October 2020

John Gray Centre, Haddington
2 December 2020 – 24 July 2021

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