Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives

16 March 2018 – 26 August 2018




  • Bracelets of Nimlot, gold and lapis lazuli, circa 940 BC, excavated in Sa el-Hagar, Nile Delta, Lower Egypt. © Trustees of the British Museum (2018). All rights reserved.

  • • Relief fragment of the Royal Favourite Kemsit, limestone, circa 2055 BC ‐ 2004 BC, excavated in the shrine of Kemsit , Temple of Mentuhotep, Thebes, Upper Egypt, Deir el-Bahri. © Trustees of the British Museum (2018). All rights reserved.

  • Model of a funerary boat, wood, found in Egypt. © Trustees of the British Museum (2018). All rights reserved.

  • Canopic jars of Djedbastiufankh, limestone, Ptolemaic period, found in Hawara (Fayum, Middle Egypt). © Trustees of the British Museum (2018). All rights reserved.

  • Bracelet, lapis-lazuli, gold, cornelian, glazed composition, circa 1330BC, excavated in Valley of the Kings, Thebes, Biban el-Muluk, Upper Egypt. © Trustees of the British Museum (2018). All rights reserved.


Meet six mummies and unlock the secrets behind their wrappings using the latest CT scanning technology in Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives until 26 August 2018.

Featuring more than 200 artefacts from the world famous Egyptian collections of the British Museum, gain insight into the life and death of those six individuals who lived in Egypt between 3000 and 1800 years ago.

Discover how they were embalmed and what life along the Nile valley was like. Explore visualisations based on the CT scans of the mummies, as well as ancient texts, coffins, masks and funerary objects to unravel their mysteries.

The presentation of this exhibition is a collaboration between the British Museum and the Queensland Museum.

Funding for insurance has been provided through the Queensland Government Exhibition indemnification Scheme, administered by Arts Queensland.

Find the scarab

Our exhibition family trail will help you discover how the ancient Egyptians achieved ever-lasting life.

Box office

Ticket Prices

Adult: $21
Concession: $18
Child (3-15 years): $12
Family (2A + 2C): $58

Member Prices

Adult: $18.90
Concession: $16.20
Child (3-15 years): $10.80
Family (2A + 2C): $52.20

Museum Ticket Desk

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9.30am to 5pm Monday to Sunday.


This exhibition contains human remains.

Queensland Museum is committed to providing a respectful environment when displaying human remains and ask visitors to refrain from photographing any human remains.

Caring for Human Remains

Queensland Museum in the past collected remains and sacred items from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities without permission or consent. In a new role as caretaker, Queensland Museum works with Aboriginal People and Torres Strait Islanders to provide a culturally appropriate and proactive repatriation program to return sensitive items to Country.



Curators from the British Museum

"It was an exciting challenge to build the exhibition around the discoveries we made throughout the research phase and to be led by what the mummies had to tell."