Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Glasgow.

Visited on 29th September 2016

The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is a museum and art gallery in Glasgow, Scotland. Since its 2003–06 refurbishment, the museum has been the most popular free-to-enter visitor attraction in Scotland.

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The gallery is located on Argyle Street, in the West End of the city, on the banks of the River Kelvin (opposite the architecturally similar Kelvin Hall, which was built in matching style in the 1920s, after the previous hall had been destroyed by fire). It is adjacent to Kelvingrove Park and is situated near the main campus of the University of Glasgow on Gilmorehill.

Address: Argyle St, Glasgow G3 8AG

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Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday & Saturday: 10am–5pm. Friday & Sundays 11am–5pm

Telephone: 0141 276 9599


Free entry and Photography is permitted (without flash)

The Egyptian Room

Glasgow Museums has a collection of approximately 5,000 Ancient Egyptian objects. These date from the Predynastic Period through to the beginning of the Islamic Period (5500 BC–AD 641). The collection is the third largest of its kind in Scotland. It offers a representative sample of typical Egyptian objects, largely from a funerary context.


The Large Stone Sarcophagus of Pa-ba-sa

A Great Steward, Pabasa’s painted tomb can be visited in Western Thebes, Luxor. Below is his massive stone sarcophagus (26th Dynasty 656-640BCE)

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The Mummy and Coffin of Ankh-es-nefer

“The Lady of the House” Ankhesnefer (26th Dynasty 624-525BCE)

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On the lid of the coffin Anubis anoints her mummy which lies on a couch. The God Thoth leads her by the hand to have her heart weighed before Osiris and the Monster Ammut waits to record with his pen Thoth’s judgement of Ankhesnefer.

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The Coffin of Nakht

Based on its size, this coffin would have been intended for a child. However, it actually contained the skeleton of an adult man, which suggests he was reburied.

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The coffin dates from the Middle Kingdom, 12th dynasty and is painted to resemble the walls of a mud brick palace. The eyes on the left side are to allow the deceased to be reborn daily by watching the rising sun, while the bands of hieroglyphs identify the coffin as being for a man called Nakht.

Other Items include pottery, shabtis, amulets, scarabs, beadwork, cartonnage, figurines, soul-houses, offering trays, hieroglyphic inscriptions (particularly those on stelae and sculptured reliefs), funerary cones, cosmetic equipment, textiles and mummified human and animal remains.

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There is also an important collection of sculptures and flints from the Egyptian copper and turquoise mines at Wadi Maghara and Serabit el-Khadim in Sinai, a small collection of Predynastic flints from domestic sites in the Eastern Desert, a collection of representative coffins dating from the Middle Kingdom to the Ptolemaic Period, and a substantial collection of domestic material from the Greco-Roman town of Oxyrhynchus.




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