Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs

On now until December 31, 2018

Experience a time when civilization grew along the Nile, pyramids dotted the skyline and people believed gods walked among us.

With interactive displays and more than 300 original artifacts, some an astounding 4,500 years old, this exhibition covers all aspects of ancient Egyptian life, from the emergence of ancient Egyptian civilization along the Nile to the Ptolemaic and Roman eras.

Be among the first in North America to see this staggering exhibition’s priceless ancient artifacts, such as the coffin of Nakht, an exceptional bust of Hatshepsut and an ornate gold and garnet necklace from the Ptolemaic period.


Discover eight individual spaces, each with their own story to tell.

Landscape and climate
The swampy delta of the Nile controls the cycle of life. Agriculture depends on the Nile and its annual flooding. Learn how ancient Egyptians put the river to work, irrigating the land and transporting harvests.

Religion and the gods
The gods inhabit all things, including plants and animals. Discover the myths of creation and learn which gods were worshipped to protect people, to protect nature and to oversee the dead. 

The pharaohs
Egypt’s gods are represented on earth by pharaohs, seen as half-divine, half-human rulers who maintain order. Beginning with Menes and ending with Cleopatra, Egypt is ruled by 170 pharaohs. We profile six remarkable pharaohs and their extraordinary stories.

Sacred spaces
By commissioning massive, enduring monuments like temple complexes, the pharaohs ensure their stories live on. See, in fine detail, what an ancient Egyptian temple would have looked like, and learn what worship rituals the priests followed and who built the largest temple preserved today.

Script and emergence of state
Writing leads directly to the growth and prosperity of Egypt, as people now have a way to keep records of the goods they trade. Learn which god the ancient Egyptians believed invented hieroglyphics, the difference between logograms and phonograms, and how

Private spaces
Not everyone was revered as a demi-god. What is everyday life like for a regular person? Find out what a home looked like for ordinary Egyptians, what would have been on the menu for dinner (beer is a popular drink, even for kids!), and the kinds of jobs people did.   

Personal adornment
Egyptians appreciate beauty. Cosmetics, hairdressing and jewellery are embraced by men and women alike. Discover what cosmetics were made out of, why big hair was a big deal and what jewellery finished the look.

Secret spaces
People in ancient Egypt hope that life eternal follows death and that their burial practices keep them safe for the afterlife. Stone structures and pyramids protect the early tombs of the pharaohs. Find out which earthly items Egyptians were buried with, how long it took to mummify a body and the different trends in tomb design.


*BC Transit bus pass holders can bring up to four youth, 12 and under, for Free with paid adult admission. Monthly Pass, ProPass, U-Pass or BC Bus Pass must be shown at the time of purchase. Valid for up to four youth (ages 6 to 12) per paid adult admission. Not valid for membership, gift card, upgrade, combo or IMAX Theatre. Not valid with any other offer.

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