World Museum, Liverpool

Visited on 29th May 2017

The World Museum is in Liverpool, and it has extensive collections covering archaeology, ethnology and the natural and physical sciences. Special attractions include the Natural History Centre and a planetarium and the new Egyptian Floor

Address: William Brown St, Liverpool L3 8EN

Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday 10am – 5pm

Telephone: 0151 478 4393

Admission is free and there is currently a security bag check. The cloakroom has free lockers to store bags and coats etc.

There is a large café area and shop.

Photography is allowed without flash.


The Egyptian Collection

The World Museum has over 16,000 objects from ancient Egypt and Nubia, making it one of the largest collections in Great Britain. The objects come from a timespan of over 5000 years that comprehensively represent the evolving cultures of the Nile Valley, from the prehistory to the Byzantine Period.

The museum not only has a superb variety of popular objects, such as mummies, coffins, sculpture and jewellery, but also objects of great historical importance such as a distinctive group of papyrus from the 11th century BC that contain the only written evidence of tomb robbery in the Valley of the Kings (KV9  – the tomb of Rameses VI).

And now, for the first time, more than 1300 objects from Ancient Egypt collection are free to view online.

The Joseph Mayer collection

The story of Liverpool’s Egyptology collection starts with goldsmith Joseph Mayer opening his Egyptian Museum in 1852. Mayer purchased his collection from Joseph Sams, Rev. Henry Stobart and Viscount Valentia, with many objects sharing the same early 19th century provenance as those now in the British Museum and the Louvre. In 1867 he donated his collection to ‘The Liverpool Free Library and Museum’ (now World Museum) which at the time positioned the museum as the most important public collection outside London.

Displaying the collection

In 2017 World Museum’s new ancient Egypt gallery extended into gallery space unused for 35 years, creating the biggest ever display area for our ancient Egypt collection. At 1,000 square metres, World Museum’s ancient Egypt gallery is now the UK’s largest Ancient Egypt gallery outside of the British Museum, complete with the new ‘Mummy Room’.

As you begin your journey through the collection you enter down the ramp and are met with a floor map of Egypt and a timeline from Predynastic Period through to the Byzantine Period.

There are also some large displays highlighting Scarabs and Shabtis and some history of the Museum and its collection during the bomb raids of the 2nd World War.

As you enter further into the collections you are met by a reconstruction of a predynastic pit burial. And then collections detailing daily life and living, burial goods & rituals, Egyptian gods and religion, music and writing, food and animal mummies and artifacts from the Valley of the Kings.

The first mummy room has wonderful coffins, mummies, sculptures and tomb goods.

And a complete section of papyrus detailing the ‘Book of the Dead’

The New Mummy room has several coffins, masks, mummies and grave and tomb goods.

Full Collection Photos:




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