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The obelisk of Titus Sextius Africanus at the museum.

The Staatliches Museum Ägyptischer Kunst (State Museum of Egyptian Art) in Munich is the Bavarian State Collection for Ancient Egypt art. It displays exhibits from all periods of Ancient Egypt's history. The associated small Middle East section displays objects from the areas of Assyrian and Babylonian culture. As of 2008 Egyptian museum is located in the Residenz, but it will be moved to the Kunstareal in 2010.

Sphinx of Sesostris III
Pharaoh Thutmosis IV

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Building

The new building with its glass and exposed concrete structure constructed by the German architect Peter Böhm opposite to the Alte Pinakothek for the University of Television and Film Munich will subterrestrial also house the rooms for the museum, the project has been inspired by an ancient Egyptian burial chamber. Its lower entrance area will be marked with a portal wall in dyed exposed concrete as a reminiscent of the pylon gateways to Egyptian temples.

History

The Bavarian state's collection was already founded in the 16th century by Duke Albrecht V and extended especially by Charles Theodore, Elector of Bavaria and King Ludwig I of Bavaria. The museum is dedicated to the periods of the early, middle and late kingdoms, but also to the hellenistic, roman and coptic era of Egypt.

Collection

The museum displays Ancient Egyptian artifacts, such as statues, sculptures, cult articles, papyri, stone tablets with hieroglyphics, glasswares, jewellery, amulets but also mummies, textiles and household goods.

Among the most distinguished exhibits are the famous duplex statue portraiting the pharaoh Nyuserre Ini as young and as elder man, the statues of the pharaohs Amenemhat III, Ramses II, Thutmosis III and Akhenaten, the sphinx of Sesostris III and of Amenhotep II, the sarcophagus lid of queen Sitdjehuti and the kneeling figure of Senenmut. The hellenistic-roman period is represented by master pieces such as the bust of a Seleucid ruler and the grand Egyptian statue of Antinous.

Very precious is the treasure of jewellery of the Nubian Queen Amanishakheto. The museum displays also the Assyrian Orthostat reliefs from the palace of king Ashur-nasir-pal II and a lion from the Ishtar Gate of Babylon which were once displayed in the Glyptothek.

Children's Education

Since 1984, the State Museum of Egyptian Art has offered a children's education program during the summer holidays. It combines a short guided tour with handicraft work that the children can take home. Since 2007 similar programs are also offered during the other school holidays. During the summer holidays and special project days (International Museum Day, Long Night of the Museums), children can complete a Treasure Hunt, answering questions about objects throughout the museum, and receive a prize for correct answers. Outside of the holidays, the museum offers an "Archaeological Backpack" based on a similar principle and that can be taken out at the front desk. Both the Treasure Hunt and the Archaeological Backpack are usually also available in English.

The Museum also offers guided tours for schools on the following subjects: - Ancient Egyptian Culture - the Gods of Ancient Egypt - Funerary Beliefs - The Secret of the Hieroglyphs - Everyday and Family Life - The King and the State - Animals and their importance to the Egyptians

The guided tours cost € 33 and are available in English and French as well.

Since the beginning of the 2008-2009 school year, schools can book a project hour in addition to guided tours.[1]

Current Exhibitions

"Den Hieroglyphen auf der Spur" (Searching for the Hieroglyphs), running from March 28 to October 11 2009, is an exhibition celebrating the 250th anniversary of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences, and focuses on objects that entered the museum collection through the Academy of Sciences, mostly stelae and sarcophagi.

The museum's dependency in Schloß Seefeld is currently showing an exhibition entitled "Fremde-Freunde-Feinde" (Strangers-Friends-Enemies), focusing on Egypt's relations with its neighbours. It is running from April 7 through November 29, 2009.

Furthermore, an exhibition of Nubian pottery from the Museum magazines is currently on display at the International Ceramics Museum in Weiden.[2]

Opening hours and Entrance Fees

OPENING HOURS (main house)
Tuesdays 9 AM - 9 PM
Wednesdays-Fridays 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturdays and Sundays 10 AM - 5 PM
Closed Mondays

ENTRANCE FEES (main house)
Adults € 5
Reduced (students, pensioners) € 4
Sundays € 1
Children 16 and under free[3]

OPENING HOURS (Seefeld dependancy)
Tuesdays - Sundays 10 AM - 5 PM
Mondays closed[4]

References

External links

Rooflight - Pinakothek Moderne, Munich.jpg Kunstareal in Munich Flag of Bavaria (lozengy).svg
Königsplatz | Glyptothek | Staatliche Antikensammlung | Lenbachhaus | Alte Pinakothek | Neue Pinakothek | Pinakothek der Moderne | Museum Brandhorst | Staatliche Sammlung für Ägyptische Kunst

Coordinates: 48°08′31″N 11°34′43″E / 48.14194°N 11.57861°E / 48.14194; 11.57861

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