Even though the State Museum of Egyptian Art in Munich is not one of the most important in its field, it has a wonderful collection that depicts the life of ancient Egyptians, their culture, burial rites etc. The compactness of the exhibition allows for the visitor to get a deeper insight into the 5000 years of art and culture of ancient Egypt.
The architecture of the museum building is superb. The 17m high portal wall marks the entrance opposite the Alte Pinakothek in the heart of Munich's art district. The project was inspired by an ancient Egyptian burial chamber. The museum has 1800 m2 of exhibition space. The exhibition is divided into rooms. Each room is dedicated to a particular theme such as: "The Pharaoh", "Religion”, “Egypt in Rome”, “The Realm of the Dead" etc. In each room there are interactive boards where the history of Egypt is explained, along with working habits and migration of citizens of Egypt.
The museum displays ancient Egyptian artifacts, statues, sculptures, hieroglyphics, glassware, jewelry, mummies and textiles. Permanent exhibition consists of 8000 exhibits. One of the most famous statues in the museum is the statue of the pharaoh Nyuserre Ini from 1575 BC, the door replica of the grave chamber of Menes, the statues of the pharaohs Amenemhat III, Ramses II, Thutmose III and Akhenaten.
The Obelisk of Titus Sextius Africanus, located in the atrium, is 5,8m high.
Visitors may also admire a superb jewelry collection of the Nubian Queen Amanishakheto. The museum possesses the Assyrian Orthostates reliefs from the palace of the king Ashur-nasir-pal II.
Ticket price for the State Museum of Egyptian Art
The regular ticket price is 7€.
Every Sunday the entrance ticket costs only 1€.
Free admission for under 18 years olds.
Working hours of the State Museum of Egyptian Art
From Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00am to 18:00pm
Closed on Mondays (except Easter and Pentecost Mondays)