The civilisation of Ancient Egypt is one of the most fascinating of antiquity, and with one of the UK�s most significant and extensive collections, the Ashmolean is perfectly placed to tell its story.

On 26 November 2011, the Ashmolean opened to the public a historic �5million project � the new galleries of Ancient Egypt and Nubia. Building on the success of the Museum�s transformative redevelopment, which opened in 2009, this second phase of major redevelopment redisplays the Ashmolean�s world-famous collections. State of the art facilities allows the Museum to exhibited objects that have been in storage for decades, more than doubling the number of coffins and mummies on display.

The project has received lead support from Lord Sainsbury�s Linbury Trust, along with the Selz Foundation, Mr. Christian Levett, along with other trust, foundations and individuals. Rick Mather Architects are led the redesign and display of the four previous Egypt galleries and the extension in to the restored Ruskin Gallery, previously occupied by the Museum Shop.

The galleries now take visitors on a chronological journey covering more than 5000 years of human occupation of the Nile Valley.

Watch the following podcasts to find out more:

The New Galleries of Ancient Egypt and Nubia
Interviews with Christopher Brown, Director, Ashmolean, Rick Mather, Architect, Henry Kim, Project Director, Ashmolean, and Mark Norman, Head of Conservation, Ashmolean

Unwrapped: The Story of a Child Mummy
Interview with Angela Palmer, Artist

The Plans

More about how we are transforming the way the collections are enjoyed, now and in the future

The Egyptian Collections

Spanning the distinctive and evolving cultures of Ancient Egypt and Nubia from prehistory to the Byzantine Period


Architecture, Construction and Supporters

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