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.
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.
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.
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.
Bonner Sammlung von Aegyptiaca
Regina-Pacis-Weg 7, 53113 Bonn
Tel: 0228-739710, 737587, or 739717 / Fax: 0228-737360
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.