On now until December 31, 2018
Experience a time when civilization grew along the Nile, pyramids dotted the skyline and people believed gods walked among us.
With interactive displays and more than 300 original artifacts, some an astounding 4,500 years old, this exhibition covers all aspects of ancient Egyptian life, from the emergence of ancient Egyptian civilization along the Nile to the Ptolemaic and Roman eras.
Be among the first in North America to see this staggering exhibition’s priceless ancient artifacts, such as the coffin of Nakht, an exceptional bust of Hatshepsut and an ornate gold and garnet necklace from the Ptolemaic period.
Discover eight individual spaces, each with their own story to tell.
Landscape and climate
The swampy delta of the Nile controls the cycle of life. Agriculture depends on the Nile and its annual flooding. Learn how ancient Egyptians put the river to work, irrigating the land and transporting harvests.
Religion and the gods
The gods inhabit all things, including plants and animals. Discover the myths of creation and learn which gods were worshipped to protect people, to protect nature and to oversee the dead.
Egypt’s gods are represented on earth by pharaohs, seen as half-divine, half-human rulers who maintain order. Beginning with Menes and ending with Cleopatra, Egypt is ruled by 170 pharaohs. We profile six remarkable pharaohs and their extraordinary stories.
By commissioning massive, enduring monuments like temple complexes, the pharaohs ensure their stories live on. See, in fine detail, what an ancient Egyptian temple would have looked like, and learn what worship rituals the priests followed and who built the largest temple preserved today.
Script and emergence of state
Writing leads directly to the growth and prosperity of Egypt, as people now have a way to keep records of the goods they trade. Learn which god the ancient Egyptians believed invented hieroglyphics, the difference between logograms and phonograms, and how
Not everyone was revered as a demi-god. What is everyday life like for a regular person? Find out what a home looked like for ordinary Egyptians, what would have been on the menu for dinner (beer is a popular drink, even for kids!), and the kinds of jobs people did.
Egyptians appreciate beauty. Cosmetics, hairdressing and jewellery are embraced by men and women alike. Discover what cosmetics were made out of, why big hair was a big deal and what jewellery finished the look.
People in ancient Egypt hope that life eternal follows death and that their burial practices keep them safe for the afterlife. Stone structures and pyramids protect the early tombs of the pharaohs. Find out which earthly items Egyptians were buried with, how long it took to mummify a body and the different trends in tomb design.