Plan a family getaway to ancient Egypt… in Victoria! Hop a ferry or floatplane this summer and visit Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs, the latest exhibition at the Royal BC Museum.
Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs at the Royal BC Museum
- Where: Royal BC Museum (675 Belleville St, Victoria)
- When: On now until December 31, 2018
Summer Hours (May 18 – October 6, 2018)
Sunday to Thursday 10:00am to 5:00pm
Friday & Saturday 10:00am to 10:00pm
- Admission: Adult (19+) $26.95; Senior (65+) $18.95; Youth (6-18) $16.95; Student (19+ w/ ID) $18.95; Child (3-5) Free
Drawn from the collections of some of the world’s most prestigious museums, the exhibition makes its North American debut in Victoria and will be on view until December 31, 2018. Artifacts have been carefully selected from four key ancient Egyptian collections: the Egyptian Museum in Berlin, Roemer- und Pelizaeus-Museum in Hildesheim, Gustav Lübcke Museum in Hamm and University Museum of Aberdeen.
“Much of what we know and see of ancient Egypt we owe to the vision and work of generations of archaeologists from all over the world,” said Royal BC Museum CEO Prof. Jack Lohman. “Their efforts contribute to our knowledge of a civilization that marks the dawn of the human spirit.”
Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs starts with the Nile, whose fertile beds allowed the civilization to grow and flourish, before delving into the complex religion and death rituals. The exhibition showcases the most impressive and intriguing Pharaohs, along with information about the scribes and writing that enabled their empires.
This depiction of an immensely conservative society, riven by tensions between the royal society and the periphery, is illustrated with more than 300 original artifacts. A 12th dynasty wooden tomb with rare illustrations and texts, on loan from University Museum of Aberdeen will impress Egyptologists and amateur enthusiasts alike. Another highlight is a sculpture of the head of Hatshepsut, a female Pharaoh, from her temple complex at Deir El Bahari.
Families will enjoy this interactive exhibition with lots to touch, play with and learn. Kids will be able to check out scale-model replicas of famous pyramid complexes, play games and experience cutting-edge multimedia.
The Royal BC Museum is my #1 spot to visit in Victoria, with its permanent exhibits like the First Peoples Gallery, Natural History Gallery, and the Modern History Gallery among many more. Also check out the Museum Shop, Helmcken House & St. Ann’s Schoolhouse, the National Geographic Store, IMAX, and even a Food Truck Festival!