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Ancient Worlds

Due to open October 2012

In 2012, to mark the centenary of the first Egypt gallery to be opened at the Museum, we are planning on opening Ancient Worlds - three new galleries highlighting our collections from Manchester and the region, and from ancient civilizations such as Greece, Rome and Egypt. It is 25 years since the galleries were opened and it is time for an update. Ancient Worlds will showcase the best of our outstanding archaeology collections and reveal the people behind the objects: who made them, who used them, who lost and re-discovered them, who collected, classified and interpreted them.      

Discovering Archaeology
The first gallery, (currently Ancient Egypt Daily Life) will be about our relationship with the past, how we know about it through a wide range of archaeological techniques, and how our understanding is coloured by the world today. The feel will be one of discovery and exploration: a stimulating 'Resource Centre' full of intriguing information.

Egyptian World
The second gallery (currently Ancient Egypt Death and the Afterlife) will take visitors on a journey through the landscape, customs and practices of the ancient Egyptians. We know people are fascinated by ancient Egypt and the new displays will bring this key period and place to life in a dramatic and thought-provoking way.

Exploring Objects
The third gallery (upstairs - currently the Mediterranean Archaeology gallery) will reveal the full richness of our archaeology collections through 'visible storage' with a difference. Dense displays will allow a broader range of objects to be on show. Imaginative grouping of artefacts will invite visitors to consider new approaches to understanding the past.

Find out more
You can keep up to date about the redevelopment through our Ancient World blog and by asking our Visitor Services staff when you visit the Museum.

The initial development of plans for the galleries has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, and the Museum is currently in the middle of a fundraising campaign to realise these plans.

Tutankhamun - His Tomb and His Treasures

Museum of Museums, Trafford Centre
22 October 2010-27 February 2011

Travel back in time to mystical Ancient Egypt and discover the tomb of its most famous Pharaoh - the young king Tutankhamun - at this spectacular exhibition.

Experience the moment of discovery at this magnificent reconstruction of Tutankhamun's tomb, as it was found by Howard Carter in 1922. Walk amongst sarcophagi, gleaming gold ornaments and mysterious hieroglyphics as your audio guide details each lavish section. Over 1000 replicated items fill the 4000 square metre exhibition space, immersing you in the opulence Ancient Egyptians were famed for.

An ideal day out for young and old, Tutankhamun - His Tomb and His Treasures celebrates an era in ancient history that captures the imagination of all who come across it. Learn about mummification, decode hieroglyphic script and walk amongst the wonders of the tomb of Tutankhamun, as replicated by a team of craftsmen under the instruction of a team of Egyptologists and scientists.
Book now to avoid missing out on this unforgettable event!
Please see http://www.tutankhamunmanchester.com/ for details.

Thurs 27 Jan / 5-12pm
Museum of Museums night with discounted entry to Tutankhamun
Museum of Museums, Trafford Centre
Spectacular exhibition, Tutankhamun – His Tomb and His Treasures, will host an extra special event on 27 Jan 2011. Museum of Museums Night will celebrate all things Ancient Egyptian to support fundraising for The Manchester Museum’s Ancient Worlds galleries.
The evening will feature guest appearances - including an exclusive book signing by the creator of the acclaimed children’s books, Horrible Histories, Terry Deary, who will sign copies of his books ‘Awful Egyptians’, ‘The Terrible Tomb of Tutankhamun’ and ‘Magic and the Mummy’, music, eye-opener tours, a display of The Manchester Museum’s own artefacts, plus much more!
There will also be a grand prize draw – offering visitors the chance to win the spectacular book, A Secret Voyage, by world renowned Egyptologist, Dr Zahi Hawass. The stunning collection of photography, history and notes is a limited edition and usually retails at £2,600. Prize draw tokens are available to buy for just £10 at the Tutankhamun box office on the night.
All proceeds go towards fundraising for the Ancient Worlds galleries.
Phone 0844 249 1000 or Book online (and find out more), adults: £8, children: £4, family (2 adults, 2 children): £20, students: £4

Ancient Worlds

One of the Museum's ancient Egyptian artefacts

Due to open October 2012