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Excavating in Egypt

Excavated in 1908, the complete burial of the ‘Qurna Queen’ expands our understanding of a tumultuous time in Egypt’s history.

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Iufenamun the priest

Discover the secrets guarded by this mysterious Egyptian figure, who once acted in the most celebrated drama of Ancient Egypt.

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Pyramid casing stone

This block is one of the few surviving casing stones from the Great Pyramid of Giza, built for King Khufu. It is the only pyramid casing stone on display outside Egypt.

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Discover Ancient Egypt

Ancient Egypt was one of the earliest and longest-lived civilisations, spanning almost 4000 years of history. Explore the world of Ancient Egypt by playing our games.

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Egypt, Past and Present in Dialogue

Discuss the legacies of British archaeological practices in Egypt at a panel discussion chaired by journalist, writer and broadcaster Samira Ahmed.

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Discovering Ancient Egypt

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

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Egypt's Dispersed Heritage

Explore the legacies of the British archaeology in Egypt and the dialogue being created around these collections.

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Alexander Henry Rhind

Alexander Henry Rhind (1833–1863) was the first archaeologist to conduct systematic excavations in Egypt in the 1850s.

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Coffins and mummy masks

National Museums Scotland’s ancient Egyptian coffin collection remains largely unknown and has many exceptional items.

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Box of Amenhotep II

This box inscribed with the name of Pharaoh Amenhotep II is one of the finest examples of decorative woodwork to survive from ancient Egypt.

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Illustrating Egyptian excavations: Annie Pirie Quibell

Aberdeen-born Annie Pirie was one of the first women in the United Kingdom to study Egyptology. Discover how this trained artist and pioneering archaeologist has left a lasting legacy.

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Personalised Funerary Papyri

Two detailed funerary papyri tell the stories of the high official Montsuef and his wife Tanuat, whose intact Roman-era family burial was excavated by Alexander Henry Rhind.

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Photo of partially made origami samurai warrior with east Asian fabrics in the background from a workshop at Perth Museum and Art Gallery
Ancient Egypt and East Asia National Programme Resources

Here you can download all of the resources made available as part of the Ancient Egypt and East Asia National Programme.

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The Rhind Tomb: Ancient Egyptian Burial

Discover the story and view the beautiful objects of an extraordinary ancient Egyptian tomb.

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Top 10 things to see and do

Your journey of discovery starts here...

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Ancient Egyptian collection

National Museums Scotland’s Ancient Egyptian collection comprises around 6,000 items. Explore its rich treasures here.

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For Teachers: Ten Minute Activities

Use one of our ten-minute activities with your class today, with suggestions for how you can extend.

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Ancient Egypt: Mummification and the Afterlife

Join our Enablers to find out about mummification and the journey to the afterlife through five very special objects.

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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.

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Egyptian tomb adventure

Looking for a challenge? Join our expedition to explore an ancient Egyptian tomb.

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A day in the life of an ancient Egyptian priest

Ancient Egyptian temples served as homes for the gods, where they were looked after by priests. Most people were not allowed inside temples and only a few priests could enter the presence of the god’s statue.

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Tour of the Ancient Egyptian Gallery

Join curator Margaret Maitland for a guided virtual tour of our Ancient Egypt Rediscovered gallery.

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Egypt in Edinburgh and Lothians

Collections in Edinburgh, including National collections.

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The Storming of Tel-el-Kebir

The battle of Tel-el-Kebir was a decisive moment in the British maintaining order in Egypt in the late 19th century and its depicted in a magnificent painting at National War Museum.

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Egypt in Glasgow and Strathclyde

Collections in the west of Scotland from Inverclyde to East Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire to East Dunbartonshire.

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Egypt in Scotland South

Collections in Dumfries and Galloway and Scottish Borders.

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Victoria Adams

Victoria (Tori) Adams is the Assistant Curator responsible for collections from Oceania, Africa, Americas, and the Ancient Mediterranean including Ancient Egypt.

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Egypt in Tayside, Central and Fife

Collections in Angus, Clackmannanshire, Dundee City, Falkirk, Fife, Perth and Kinross and Stirling.

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Egypt in North East Scotland

Collections in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray.

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Build a pyramid

Can you build a grand pyramid for the king's tomb? Where will you put it? What size will it be? What will you use to build it? And how will you look after your workforce? See if you can succeed in building a pyramid that lasts for thousands of years.

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The Three Pyramids

Can you prepare the high priest for the Afterlife? Be quick - you only have until sunrise to collect everything you need!

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آثار مصر المتغربة

استكشف تركة علم الآثار البريطاني في مصر والحوار الداير عنها

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World Cultures galleries

How can you travel around the world without leaving Scotland? By visiting our World Cultures galleries.

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Egypt in the Highlands and Islands

Collections in Argyll and Bute, Eilean Siar, Highland, Orkney and Shetland.

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Ancient Egypt and East Asia National Programme Skills and Knowledge Sharing

We are offering free, basic collections knowledge and skills training for Scottish museums with ancient Egyptian or East Asian collections.

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Qurna burial

In 1908, an undisturbed ancient Egyptian burial was discovered by Flinders Petrie in Qurna Thebes.

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The Tomb

The Tomb presents the story of one extraordinary tomb, built around 1290BC and reused for over 1000 years.

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Mummy Shroud

A unique, full-length mummy shroud, which is over 2,000 years old yet is still in remarkable condition, has been discovered in National Museums Scotland’s collections.

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360 ° Highlights from The Tomb

Our stunning ancient Egypt exhibition The Tomb presented the story of one extraordinary tomb, built around 1290BC and reused for over 1000 years.

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Primary Social Studies resources

Ancient Egypt, Romans, Viking, Victorians, Toys and more!

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Museum Animations

Delve into our animated adventures and explore the world around us from unique perspectives.

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Thank you

Thanks to your help we have now raised the funds required to complete the 15-year long transformation of the National Museum of Scotland.

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Dress like an Egyptian

Dress like an Egyptian queen or a craftsman and learn about Egyptian clothing.

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Egyptian Hieroglyphs

What do ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs mean? Learn to translate them here.

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Temple stores game

How quickly can you help the craftsmen find their basic supplies in the temple stores?

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Explore our collections

Explore stories, films, games and resources from the museums’ collections.

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East Asia Reveal Displays

Sharing new and interesting stories about Chinese, Japanese and Korean collections in Scotland.

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Ancient Egypt, East Asia and Ceramics galleries

Discover our Ancient Egypt, East Asia and Ceramics galleries which opened in February 2019.

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Past national projects

National Museums Scotland completes a range of projects each year. Here are some of the key activities which have taken place in recent years.

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Play and learn

Play online games exploring a range of museum subjects.

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