Inside Ancient Egypt

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Two wooden Egyptian coffins

The Field Museum is one of the few places in the country where you can explore an ancient Egyptian tomb. The Museum’s three-story recreation of a mastaba features two authentic rooms from the 5,000-year-old tomb of pharaoh’s son Unis-Ankh. From hieroglyphs, mummies, and a Book of the Dead, to a marketplace showing artifacts from everyday life, this exhibition demonstrates how the elaborate preparations that ancient Egyptians made for the afterlife give clues to their lives on Earth—and to what ancient Egyptians might have had in common with people today.

In Inside Ancient Egypt, you can:

  • Examine floor-to-ceiling hieroglyphs that portray the offerings to sustain a person’s spirit for eternity.
  • View one of the largest collections of mummies found in any U.S. museum and peer into dioramas of ancient Egyptian workshops to see how the deceased were mummified and prepared for burial.
  • Explore an ancient marketplace filled with ceramics, jewelry, games, and other artifacts relating to everyday life.
  • Visit a shrine to Bastet, and see a delicate bronze sculpture of this cat goddess that archeologists believe contains a mummified cat inside.

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