Secrets of Egypt in Barcelona

Posted on 6 September 2010 in Barcelona, always!

The Egyptian Museum of Barcelona is unique in Spain.

Gold ring at Museu Egipci de Barcelona

Gold ring at Museu Egipci de Barcelona

It has a monographic collection on Ancient Egypt that is one of the best in Europe. It has around one thousand exhibits on show that give a good idea of the life and customs of one of Egypt’s most ancient civilizations.

The exhibition displays a series of works noted for their historical importance, their archaeological context or the uniqueness of their ancient owners. Such is the case of a series of stone items that belonged to Colonel A.E.S. Irvine, who was the personal doctor of Princess Mary of England.

Mention should be made of one part of the exhibition, the museum’s bibliographic collection. And the curiosity of being able to see Girault de Prangey‘s (1843) and Jules Itier‘s (1846) daguerreotypes, which are the oldest photographic records that exist in their original format.

You will also be able to see over a hundred archaeological items linked to daily life in Egypt (jewels, cosmetics, stone and ceramic cups). The more notable items include a massive gold ring bearing the name of Queen Nefertiti, wife of the famous Pharaoh Akhenaton, and a representation of a divinity with a human body and falcon’s head. They make up part of the funeral accessories’ collection that include masks used for covering the faces of the dead and Canopic vases designed to hold body organs removed during the mummification process.

Museu Egipci de Barcelona
València, 284 – 08007 Barcelona
<M> Diagonal

Opening times:
Mon – Sat:10am – 8pm
Sun: 10am – 2pm

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