Touring Exhibition Egyptian Mummies

Egyptian Mummies and Eternal Life

For centuries, the culture of Ancient Egypt has fascinated and intrigued the contemporary imagination in many of its manifestations: its architectural monuments, the artistic splendors of the treasures of the mighty Pharaohs, but also in its system of religious beliefs based on an afterlife. While the concept of eternal life is fundamental to many religions, it is the interpretation and practices of the ancient Egyptians in preparing the deceased for the life to come that is still so fascinating today, in particular the practices of mummification and embalmment.
This unusual exhibition retraces the Egyptian concept of the life of the soul in the afterlife and the meaning of all those objects that were usually placed in the tombs of the deceased for his quest for immortality. For the ancient Egyptians, in fact, death didn’t define the end of life, but represented a moment of transition to another form of existence, which continued into the afterlife.
On show +100 archaeological artifacts drawing from the precious Egyptian Collection of the National Archaeological Museum of Florence, Italy, including mummies, painted sarcophagi, funeral trousseau and votive objects that, together with suggestive exhibition design and background graphics, evoke all the mythical and mysterious world of Ancient Egypt in its most fascinating aspects.


  • Religious Concept of the Afterlife
  • Mummification and Embalmment
  • The Role of the Sarcophagus
  • Funerary Objects
  • Daily Life Objects in the Funeral Trousseau


  • +100 Archaeological Objects, including: mummies, painted sarcophagi, funeral trousseau, votive objects
  • Interpretive Graphic Panels
  • Video&Multimedia
  • Catalogue


Archaeological artefacts from one of the leading collections of Egyptian Archaeology: the National Archaeological Museum of Florence, Italy



Exhibition Views

Original artworks

Coffin of Padimut

Third Intermediate Period (1550 – 656 BCE)
Painted Wood

Lid of a Sarcophagus

Third Intermediate Period, 21st Dinasty (1070-945 BCE)

Funerary Papyrus

Ptolemaic period (332-30 BCE)

Mummy of a Baby with Sarcophagus

Roman Period, I-II century CE
Wood, fabric and organic material

Canopic Coffin

New Kingdom- Third Intermediate Period (1550-656 BCE)

Head of a Mummy

Late Period (656 – 332 BCE)
Organic material

Statue of Ptah-Sokari-Osiride

Late period (656- 332 BCE)
Plastered and painted wood

Stele of Priest Penbu

Late period (656- 332 BCE)

Statue of Priest Henat

Late period, 27th Dynasty (525-404 BCE)
Green basalt, missing head integrated

Scarab Ring

New Kingdom (1550- 1070 BCE)
Gold and fayence

Canopic Jar of the Deceased Takharet

Late Period (656-332 BCE)

Part of a Funerary Papyrus

New Kingdom (1550-1070 BCE)

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