Horniman Museum


london 059Address: 100 London Rd, LondonSE23 3PQ

Opening Hours: Monday- Sunday10:30 am – 5:30 pm

Except 24 – 26 December, when they are closed.

Entrance to the Museum and Gardens is free. A charge is made for the Aquarium.

Website: http://www.horniman.ac.uk/

Telephone: 020 86991872

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The Egyptian Collection:

Female mummy bandaged in linen wrappings

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Coffin case , Coffin lid with portrait of an Egyptian priestess

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(Hieroglyphs on the coffin case identify her as “Henut Sokar,” which means wife of Sokar and suggests that she was a priestess of Sokar. The inscriptions also state that she worked as a priestess of the K and that she was responsible for providing food offerings at an altar set up in the name of a deceased person.)

Coffin lid with portrait of an Egyptian lady

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Canopic Jars (Both the canopic jars in the “Kemet” display have a human head, with hieroglyphic descriptions. While these jars should have contained livers, the jar on top has an inscription that mentions Hapi, the ape-headed god who guarded the lungs.)

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Shabti figures and shabti box

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Scarab amulet, Heart scarab amulet,  The Eye of Horus

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Stone stela

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Wooden stela

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Full details at: http://www.cornucopia.org.uk/html/search/verb/GetRecord/5368


Musée des beaux-arts, Limoges

Visited on 15th June 2017

The Museum of Fine Arts of Limoges is in the former Episcopal Palace in Limoges.

Created in 1912 , the museum houses collections related to the history of Limoges. It also has Egyptian antiquities, Romanesque and Gothic sculptures.

Address: 1 Place de l’Évêché, 87000 Limoges, France

Opening Hours: Monday, Wednesday thru Saturday: 9:30am–12pm, 2–5pm.

Sunday     2–5pm. Tuesdays:  Closed


Telephone: +33 5 55 45 98 10

Website: http://www.museebal.fr/


Entrance Fee: Adult 5 Euros 3 Euros Concessions

Photography is permitted without flash

There are toilet facilities and a cloakroom next to the Reception.


Jean André Périchon was a Limousin manufacturer who spent his career in Middle Egypt in the early 20th century.

He generously bequeathed the sumptuous collection of Egyptian antiquities, representing approximately 2000 pieces, to the Museum.

As you descend the stairs immediately to your left is the Egyptian Room housing ten cabinets, the first houses wonderful Egyptian models of boats, workers, farmers etc..

Housed in the museum is a replica of the funerary tomb of the official Nakht, who was an ‘astronomer’ (Astronomer of Amun), scribe, and priest during the reign of Tutmoses IV, during the 18th Dynasty He is buried in the Theban Necropolis, in tomb TT52.

His tomb is TT 52 on the west bank. It is located within the area of the Abd el-Qurna necropolis. It was apparently discovered by villagers at Qurna prior to being cleared by the Antiquities Service in 1889. In 1917, an English Egyptologists named Norman de Garis Davies and his wife, Nina published information on the tomb which received worldwide attention.

Further details can be found at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TT52

The Detailed Sarcophagus of Iré-Hor-Irou.End of the Late Period or early Ptolemaic period, Stuccoed and painted wood, 195 cm along with funerary masks and canopic jars.

Below is a Third Intermediate period cartonnage mask.

Cabinets housing pottery, jewellery, shabtis, grave god amulets and items used in daily life, religion and death.

Full Photo Collection at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/127735911@N08/albums/72157682883024781

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.

Website: http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/wml/

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: https://www.flickr.com/photos/127735911@N08/albums/72157682275120461




Egyptian Museum, Munich

Visited on 26th April 2017

The Staatliches Museum Ägyptischer Kunst (State Museum of Egyptian Art) is an archaeological museum in Munich. It contains the Bavarian state collection of Ancient Egypt art, and displays exhibits from both the predynastic and dynastic periods.

The associated small Middle East section displays objects from the areas of Assyrian and Babylonian culture. For decades, the Egyptian museum was located in the Munich Residenz, but it was moved to the Kunstareal in June 2013.

Address: Gabelsbergerstraße 35, 80333 München, Germany

Hours: Monday:Closed,

Tuesday: 10am–8pm

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturdays & Sundays: 10am–6pm

Telephone: +49 89 28927630

Website: http://www.smaek.de/index.php?id=999

Entrance was 7 Euros and media is available upon request, there is a large ticket and cloakroom/toilet facilities as well as a small shop.

The museum displays Ancient Egyptian artifacts, such as statues, sculptures, cult articles, papyri, stone tablets with hieroglyphics, glasswares, jewellery, amulets but also mummies, textiles and household goods.

About 2000 of more than 8000 objects are displayed permanently. There are also temporary exhibitions.

Below are a few pictures but to view the entire collection (800 photos) please visit: Flickr (MattAmunRe@Yahoo.com)


Among the most distinguished exhibits are the famous duplex statue portraying the pharaoh Nyuserre Ini as a youth and as an elder man, the false door of the grave chamber of Menes, the statues of the pharaohs Amenemhat III, Ramses II, Thutmose III and Akhenaten, the sphinx of Sesostris III and of Amenhotep II, the sarcophagus lid of queen Sitdjehuti and the kneeling figure of Senenmut.


One of the most famous exhibits is the glass cup with the inscription of Thutmose III, the oldest glass vessel in the world (1450 BC).

The Hellenistic-Roman period is represented by master pieces such as the bust of a Seleucid ruler and the grand Egyptian statue of Antinous.

The obelisk of Titus Sextius Africanus in the atrium is 5.80 meters high, the central part dates from the 50 AD, the rest was added later and restored several times.

Very precious is the treasure of jewellery of the Nubian Queen Amanishakheto. The museum owns also the Assyrian Orthostates reliefs from the palace of king Ashur-nasir-pal II and a lion tile from the Ishtar Gate of Babylon which were once displayed in the Glyptothek.



Rjiksmuseum, Leiden

Visited on 8th of January 2017

The Rijksmuseum van Oudheden is the national archaeological museum of the Nimg_3864etherlands. It is located in Leiden. The Museum grew out of the collection of Leiden University and still closely co-operates with its Faculty of Archaeology. The museum calls itself the national centre for archaeology, and focuses on ancient Egypt, the ancient Near East, the classical world of Greece, Etruria and Rome and the early (prehistoric, Roman and Medieval) Netherlands.

Address: Rapenburg 28, 2311 EW Leiden, Netherlands

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 10am – 5pm Closed Mondays

Telephone: +31 71 516 3163

Website: http://www.rmo.nl/?gclid=CPbYrO-0j9ICFYeVGwodIrUEQQ

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The museum has a larger reception area which contains an Egyptian Temple and two giant sarcophagi guarding the entrance!

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There are cloakrooms with lockers (1 & 2 euro coins required which you get back)

Adult tickets € 12.50 (Children € 4)

There is a museum shop and cafe area: http://www.rmo.nl/bezoek/museumshop

The exhibition Queens of the Nile , the new Egypt-rooms and the permanent exhibition have audio tours available for € 2 at the box office. For children there are separate audio tours made in the new Egypt-rooms.

The Egyptian Rooms

The National Museum of Antiquities has opened the new permanent exhibition of its Egyptian collection, which ranks among the ten most important Egyptian collections in the world. More than 1,400 objects are on display in the redesigned Egyptian galleries, which cover the entire ground floor.

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To see all photos please visit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/127735911@N08/albums/72157678748907650

The Queens of the Nile Exhibition runs until April 2017 to see my post visit:


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National Museum, Warsaw

Visited on 26th January 2017

The National Museum in Warsaw, popularly abbreviated as MNW, is a national museum in Warsaw, one of the largest museums in Poland and the largest in the capital.

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It comprises a rich collection of ancient art (Egyptian, Greek, Roman), counting about 11,000 pieces, an extensive gallery of polish painting since the 16th century and a collection of foreign painting (Italian, French, Flemish, Dutch, German and Russian) including some paintings from Adolf Hitler’s private collection, ceded to the Museum by the American authorities in post-war Germany.

The museum is also home to numismatic collections, a gallery of applied arts and a department of oriental art, with the largest collection of Chinese art in Poland, comprising some 5,000 objects.

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Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 10am – 6pm (Closed Mondays)

Entry Fees: 15 Zloty (£3 approx)

Website: http://www.mnw.art.pl/en/


The Museum has a free cloakroom and free audio guides are available for the information desk.

*Photography is allowed without flash

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The Museum boasts the Faras Gallery with Europe’s largest collection of Nubian Christian art and the Gallery of Medieval Art with artefacts from all regions historically associated with Poland, supplemented by selected works created in other regions of Europe.

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The Professor Kazimierz Michałowski Faras Gallery is the only permanent exhibition in Europe featuring Medieval Nubian paintings from the Nile River Valley south of the First Cataract. The collection of over 60 paintings from the 8th to 14th centuries came from the cathedral in the city of Faras, a large urban centre in the Medieval kingdom of Nobadia, in present-day Sudan. Nobadian rulers controlling the Nile Valley from the first to the third cataracts converted to Christianity around 548 AD  influenced by  missionaries sent from Constantinople by the Empress Theodora. The first cathedral was erected in the 7th century, when the city was still known as Pachoras, and likely stood at the exact site where Polish archaeologists taking part in the Nubia Campaign discovered the subsequent 8th century cathedral.

The Egyptian Collection

Unfortunately most of the collection is currently in storage, however a few items are to be found in the museum and i have a number of photos taken of some of the collection when it was insitu.

At the Entrance can be found a giant statue of Sekhmet, the Lion headed goddess.

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This dark diorite statue is on loan from the Louvre in Paris and is dated at around the time of Amenhotep III 18th dynasty, (1390 – 1351BC). Sekhmet holds an ankh in her left hand and on the side of the throne it describes her as the “Lady of Food”.

Another cabinet has several smaller items including the painted wooden head from an outer coffin (332 – 30BC) a small white marble head of a woman (2nd – 3rd Century AD) and several first century lamps, bowls and jugs.

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The Museum has several mummies and coffins: dating from the 21st and 22nd Dynasties.

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Below can be found pictures of Stela, Ostraca and other stone artefacts.

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Statues and stone heads

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National Museum of Archaeology, Lisbon

Visited on 11th of December 2016

The National Archaeology Museum of Lisbon (Portuguese: Museu Nacional de Arqueologia) is located in Lisbon, Portugal. It is one of the most important Portuguese museums dedicated to Archaeology.

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Address: Praça do Império, 1400-026 Lisboa, Portugal

Telephone: +351 21 362 0000

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 10am – 6pm Closed Mondays

Admission 5 Euros (Free the first Sunday in any Month, not every Sunday as stated on website!)

Photography not permitted unless requested. Next to the reception are toilets and a self serving cloakroom with lockers and vending machines.

Website: http://www.museuarqueologia.pt/?a=0&x=2

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The museum was founded in 1893 by notable archaeologist José Leite de Vasconcelos, and since 1903 it occupies the Western wing of the Jerónimos Monastery, in the Belém district. The building of the museum used to be the dormitory of the monks, and was redecorated in neo-Manueline style in the second half of the 19th century. The museum is the most important centre for archaeological research in Portugal, and has a collection of finds from the whole country.

At the entrance there is agranite statue of a Lusitanian Warrior, dating from the 1st century AD and brought from Northern Portugal. The permanent exhibits are divided into Egyptian Antiquities and a collection of Treasures of Portuguese Archaeology, consisting mostly of notable metalwork dating from the Bronze and Iron Ages. The museum also possesses the most important Portuguese collection of Roman mosaics, mostly from Southern Portugal, but also from “Estremadura” (Póvoa de Cós) in the Centre.

Apart from its permanent collection, the museum often organises temporary exhibitions covering several subjects.

The Egyptian Room

The collection has over 500 pieces dating back to pre-history (c.6000-3000BC) and up to the Coptic period (395-642AD), representing most of the important periods of the Egyptian civilization.

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A- Egypt and The Nile.

As you enter you are greeted with a Stone Tablet of Udjat ‘The Eye of Horus’, this was the divine symbol of good and benevolence and resurrection, evoking the victory of good over evil. There is also a map of the Nile and Egypt.

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B- Funerary Objects and Objects of Daily Use.

Here are displays of Pre-history stone containers, objects used in daily life, epigraphy and lithic funerary inscriptions. Most would have been placed in tombs following the death of their owners.

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C- Funerary Practices

In the centre lies the anthropomorphic coffin that protects the muumy of Pabasa, a priest, which is surrounded by showcases of funerary statuettes, shaped as mummies, with the aim of performing agricultural labour for the deceased in the afterlife. Others, with amulets and beetles, whose function was to protect the Egyptians during death, as well as votive and servant statuettes.

Pabasa, lived during the Ptolemaic Period (303-30BC). He died aged around 40-50.

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D- Mummification

Rituals and preperations for the deceased’s journey into the afterlife are shown here. There are tow sarcophagi frm different periods with two human mummies, animal mummies (An Ibis, Hawk and Crocodiles), funerary masks, canopic jars, and votive vessels.

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The Mummy of Horsukmet, who lived between 285-30BC. He was between 50-60 years old when he died of prostate cancer.

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The Second mummy is Irtieru, who lived between 948-712BC, he was between 35-40 years old.

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The area also has four funerary cones, which display the names and titles of their owners. Placed on the walls of tombs, these are the interpreted as solar symbols where the names of the deceased are forever preserved.

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Below are bronze statuettes, ornaments and utensils.

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E- Greco-Roman Egypt

This unit presents a set of objects from the Coptic period, the moment of the Christianization of Egypt.

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