The Egyptian Museum of Barcelona is one of the leading private collections of Egyptian art and culture. On more than 2,000m² the museum shows the exciting history of Egypt at the time of the pharaohs. The more than 1,000 exhibits - including sarcophagi, mummies, jewelery and amulets - illustrate the life and traditions of this civilization. Book the admission to the museum here.
The beginning is divine: when you enter the museum, you immediately are immersed in the lifeworld of the pharaohs. The rulers of ancient Egypt saw themselves as successors and plenipotentiaries of heavenly deities. Statues like those of Ramses III or reliefs with illustrations of Cleopatra VII testify to the power and cult around the pharaohs. Other themed areas in the basement are devoted to the priests and aristocrats of the time. Further there are household items and precious jewelery, including gold amulets on display.
The importance of personal hygiene was shown by finds that were used to make cosmetic products. Particularly impressive is the area with exhibits and explanations about the burial rituals in ancient Egypt. In addition to urns and a box for the storage of organs there are fascinating mummies to see. And not "only" of humans, but also of a cat: It was considered as an earthly embodiment of the deity Bastis.
The tour continues to focus on grave and burial objects: Magnificent sarcophagi, elaborately manufactured masks, jewelry and models of deities - all this can be admired here. On the first floor of the museum even a mortuary temple from ancient Egypt was rebuilt in its original size so that visitors can understand more easily how funeral ceremonies were conducted at that time. The permanent exhibition concludes with finds and explanations of the most important deities and their worship. Afterwards, a detour to the basement of the museum is worthwhile: there is another hall with changing exhibitions and a large library with more than 10,000 documents.
Special tip: The museum offers numerous events, lectures and workshops to which you can sign up. There are always great offers for children. A calendar of events can be found on the homepage of the museum.
Passion - without that it would probably never have come to the founding of the museum. Jordi Clos, a Spanish hotelier, collector and patron, has been fascinated and enthused by ancient Egyptian culture for years. In 1992, he exhibited around 70 of his previously acquired archaeological finds in the Hotel Claris in Barcelona. The collection was so well visited and received so much positive response that shortly after an archaeological foundation was founded: the Fundació Arquelogica Clos. In 1994, the foundation opened the Museu Egipci. Today, more than 1,100 exhibits can be seen here - the museum is home to one of the leading private collections from the time of the Pharaohs. Further the country's first school of Egyptology is located there since 2000.
A bit of goose bumps and a lot of awesome amazement - that's what you get when you visit the museum. The impressive exhibits from the private collection bring the legendary era of the pharaohs to life. Visitors get an insight into the everyday life of high culture, their rituals and traditions. Everything is clearly explained with the help of information boards, the recommendable audio guide app offers additional exciting background knowledge. Great: You can also sign up for courses or make a trip to the archeological campus of the museum - so you will become yourself a researcher and discoverer!
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