Hall of Ancient Egypt

Permanent Collection

Spanning over 10,000 square feet, the Hall of Ancient Egypt provides a glimpse into ancient Egyptian culture starting with the pivotal role played by the Nile River and other aspects of daily life. The fashion and sophistication of ancient Egyptian society can be seen through artifacts such as jewelry and other vanity objects, crafts, tools and weapons.

Death and religion — represented by amulets, statues, animal mummies, canopic jars and other funerary items — were the focus of ancient Egyptians as individuals strove for the afterlife. The final gallery showcases decorated coffins and sarcophagi as well as preserved mummies from the Old Kingdom (2500 BC) to the Roman era (200 AD).

The Hall of Ancient Egypt is generously supported by Apache Corporation and Paula and Rusty Walter.

Curator: Tom Hardwick

As consulting curator of Egyptology, Tom Hardwick coordinates the artifacts on display and in the Hall of Ancient Egypt at HMNS. This requires managing loans from dozens of institutions and private individuals around the globe. Tom resides in Cairo, Egypt and travels to Houston several times a year. Tom brings….

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