Museum Studies Students travel back to Ancient Egypt for a Night at the Museums…


The Museum Studies students had great fun at Night at the Museums last Saturday, channelling their inner Ancient Egyptians. As part of their course the class helped to prepare and co-ordinate some of the activities that were on offer and they have had a fantastic time!

The tomb team were hard at work painting to get the tomb ready

The tomb team were hard at work painting to get the tomb ready

For the past few weeks, the tomb team have been working hard to transform 90 High Street into King Tut’s tomb filled with treasures and artefacts that would help the Ancient Egyptians in the afterlife.

King Tut guards his tomb, Neil loves dressing up!

King Tut guards his tomb, Neil loves dressing up!

It wasn’t easy but the tomb team did an amazing job at transforming the space. The tomb invited visitors to explore with torches, find the treasures and, if you were lucky, meet our very own King Tut!


Once you were in the tomb, our object handling team was at hand inviting visitors to become archaeologists and try to find the treasures and to figure out what they were. There was even the chance to handle some Ancient Egyptian artefacts!

Archaeologists explore the treasures of the tomb and try to work out what they are

Archaeologists explore the treasures of the tomb and try to work out what they are

Abbie and Abeer help some budding archaeologists at the object handling activity

Abbie and Abeer help some budding archaeologists at the object handling activity

Marloes guides the visitors in the tomb, helping them uncover the secrets of the Ancient Egyptian Cartouche

Marloes guides the visitors in the tomb, helping them uncover the secrets of the Ancient Egyptian Cartouche

While the tomb team and object handling team were creating budding archaeologists in King Tut’s tomb, Caitlin, Ruth and Christina became Ancient Egyptian doctors for the night at Dr. Cairo-Practor’s Surgery.

Ruth, Caitlin and Christina open Dr. Cairo-Practor’s surgery for business

Ruth, Caitlin and Christina open Dr. Cairo-Practor’s surgery for business

Our doctors encouraged visitors to identify some Ancient Egyptian cures and remedies and see if they could work out which ones would work and which were downright daft.

Dr. Cairo-Practor’s team had a great time with their Ancient Egyptian Medicines

Dr. Cairo-Practor’s team had a great time with their Ancient Egyptian Medicines


King Tut’s tomb and Dr. Cairo-Practor’s surgery weren’t the only activities the Museum Studies students were involved in at Night at the Museums. They also worked hard in preparing the crafts section in Zoology, where visitors could create their very own Egyptian necklaces and slimy snakes!

The Museum Studies students worked hard all night, but that didn’t stop them from enjoying all the other great activities that were going on!

Rebecca befriends a millipede in Cool Creatures

Rebecca and Caitlin made some new friends at the Cool Creatures activity

Rebecca and Caitlin made some new friends at the Cool Creatures activity

Rebecca and Caitlin made some new friends at the Cool Creatures activity

Ruth and Caitlin were first in line to get their faces painted!

Ruth and Caitlin were first in line to get their faces painted!

Our resident photographer, Jamie, documented the whole night, getting a few selfies in when she could!

Our resident photographer, Jamie, documented the whole night, getting a few selfies in when she could!

Of course the Museum Studies students weren’t the only ones helping out on the night and we would like to thank the amazing King’s Museum volunteers and staff that kept the night running smoothly!

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About uoamuseums

The University of Aberdeen's Museums include King’s Museum and the University's Zoology Museum. The museums can claim to be Scotland's oldest, with records of museums and collections as far back as the late 17th century. Thanks to their status as a Recognised Collection of national significance, the Zoology Museum’s displays are currently being improved, while King's Museum hosts changing exhibitions drawn from across the collections, particularly those formerly in Marischal Museum. Visitors are warmly welcomed to the museums, and there are no charges for admission. Marischal College now houses the Museums Collections Centre, caring for and conserving many of the collections.
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