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The Egyptian Museum of the University of Bonn

The Egyptian Museum of the University of Bonn was founded in March, 2001 and is located in the centre of Bonn above the Koblenzer Tor, the famous gate belonging to the university building. The museum maintains a permanent exhibition of the most beautiful and most interesting objects from the Bonner Sammlung von Aegyptiaca, the Egyptian collection of the Egyptological Institute of the University of Bonn.

The museum in the first floor of the Koblenzer Tor


The history of the collection goes back into the early 19th century when it was part of the general antiquities collection of the university which was maintained by the Classical Archaeologists. After the Egyptological Institute was founded at the end of the 19th century the Egyptian objects were handed over to the Egyptologists. In the first half of the 20th century a significant number of finds from excavations in Egypt were added to the Egyptian collection of the university of Bonn. Unfortunately a large part of it was then later destroyed in the Second World War. In the second half of the 20th century, however, the collection was again enlarged, mainly through the excavations of Elmar Edel, a former head of the Egyptological institute, but also through donations and loans. Now, with the opening of the Egyptian Museum, the region's most important Egyptian collection is finally accessible to the public.

The objects which are in the possession of the collection give an insight into the full breadth of the ancient Egyptian culture, with the earliest exhibits dating to the fourth millennium B.C. and the latest being from the third century A.D.

The exhibition is thematically divided into three areas, which bring to life for the visitors the central aspects of ancient Egypt: TOMB, TEMPLE and HOUSE. About 700 exhibits give not only an impression of the funerary equipment, the cult, and the religion, but also of daily life.
The TOMB area shows, for example, reliefs from tombwalls, wooden figurines, mummy masks, and ushebti. Prehistoric tombs are also represented by vessels and other gravegoods from the so called Nagada-culture.
The largest exhibit, located in the TEMPLE section, is the 3 x 6 metre cast of a battlescene from a wall of the famous Karnak-Temple. Next to it an architectural model of the temple of Medinet Habu shows the structure of an old-Egyptian temple. Also featured in this section are figurines of various gods, animal mummies, stelae, and much more.
The third area, HOUSE, is dedicated to the daily life with tools, jewellery, and depictions of working people. Here you find subjects like work/provision and cosmetic/beauty.

 

Ägyptisches Museum
Bonner Sammlung von Aegyptiaca
Regina-Pacis-Weg 7, 53113 Bonn
Tel: 0228-739710, 737587, or 739717 / Fax: 0228-737360
E-mail: aegyptisches-museum@uni-bonn.de

Opening hours:
Tuesday-Sunday, 12 - 6 p.m.
Closed: Mondays and all public holidays.

Entrance fee: 3,50 €
Family card: 9 € (two adults and max. three children)
Reduced (children aged 7 upwards, students, pensioners)  2,50 €
Schoolchildren 1,50 €
Children up to 6 years have free entrance
Guided tours for school classes: 25 €

Guided tours can be arranged in Arabic, Dutch, English, French and German (30 € per tour).

Fur further information please call: 0228-739710 or 737587.

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