National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

The National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, was formed in 2006 with the merger of the new Museum of Scotland, with collections relating to Scottish antiquities, culture and history, and the adjacent Royal Museum (so renamed in 1995), with collections covering science and technology, natural history, and world cultures.

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The two connected buildings stand beside each other on Chambers Street, by the intersection with the George IV Bridge, in central Edinburgh. The museum is part of National Museums Scotland.

Address: Chambers St, Edinburgh EH1 1JF

Telephone: 0300 123 6789

Hours: Monday to Sunday · 10am–5pm

Website: http://www.nms.ac.uk/national-museum-of-scotland/

The museum is free to enter and has a reception area and cloakroom facility.

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There are two places to eat, their info is found below.

Balcony Café: https://www.list.co.uk/place/42556-balcony-cafe/

Museum Brasserie: https://food.list.co.uk/place/31085-museum-brasserie/

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National Museums Scotland’s Ancient Egyptian collection comprises around 6,000 items, including many unique and internationally significant objects, such as royal statuary, reliefs, mummies, coffins, papyri, furniture, jewellery and textiles.

About the Egyptian collections

(**PLEASE NOTE** The Egyptian galleries are currently closed for refurbishment and the addition of more floor space. The work isnt due to be finished before the end of 2018. There are a few cabinets and items situated throughout the open parts of the museum, so happy hunting!)

The Egyptian collection was begun in 1819, and many of the objects derive from archaeological excavations by A.H. Rhind, the Egypt Exploration Society, British School of Archaeology in Egypt, and Oxford and Liverpool Universities. The museum also has the only intact ancient Egyptian royal burial group outside of Egypt.

The Statue of Arensnuphis

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Above is a sandstone statue which once guarded the entrance of a temple in Nubia which was dedicated to the god Isis. Meroe 100-50BC

Below is the mummy and coffin of Iufenamun, a senior priest. It is believed that Iufenamun and his father Nesypaqashuty were given the task of removing the bodies of the Pharoahs from the Valley of the Kings, to protect them from grave robbers.

The Base and Coffin belong to Iufenamun but the lid belonged to his grandmother Tjentwerethequa.

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A Pyramidion (c.1500BC)

Pyramidions formed the tops of tombs and were probably placed  the benben, the primeval mound of creation on which the sun god was born.

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img_1747 img_1748Right: Statue of Sekhmet, commisioned by Amenhotep III (1390-1352BC)

Sekhmet was a goddess who symbolised the fiery eye of the sun god Ra and took the form of a lion-headed woman. The broken headdress on this statue was originally a circular disk representing the sun.

 

Below: A Stone Coffin Lid

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