Manchester Museum is transforming and construction work is well underway - our two-storey extension has been built and the stunning South Asia Gallery and Exhibition Hall have been created. Now we are getting to the really exciting bit... the final phase of construction!
Although we are delighted to reach this important milestone, it is with a heavy heart that we have temporarily closed our doors to the public so that this phase of work can take place safely.
The museum is now closed until February 2023, for more information please visit our hello future page
Ancient Egypt and Sudan
Ancient Egypt has an enduring fascination. Manchester's extensive Egyptology collection illustrates both everyday life and preparations for the afterlife.
Our collection of around 18,000 objects from ancient Egypt and Sudan is one of the most significant in Europe, and the fifth largest in the UK. The development the collection in Manchester is thanks in large part to a textile industrialist called Jesse Haworth (1835–1921). He financed the archaeological excavations of English Egyptologist William Matthew Flinders Petrie (1853-1942) and in return Manchester received a large number of Petrie’s finds.
The collection includes material from prehistoric times through to Roman, Christian and Islamic times. Particular strengths include items from a pyramid-builders’ town and the palace sites of Gurob and Amarna; a unique group of ritual objects from a tomb in Thebes; twenty human and fifty animal mummies; and an outstanding collection of Roman Period mummy masks and painted panel portraits.
Please help us support our collections work and other activities by donating to the Museum on our Support Us page.
Donations large or small can make a big difference. Many thanks.