The exhibition ‘PHARAO: living in ancient Egypt’ has just opened at the Lokschuppen Exhibition Centre in Rosenheim, Germany, accompanied by a lavishly illustrated book (in German). The exhibition features almost 150 of the University of Aberdeen’s internationally important collection of artefacts from ancient Egypt. This is the largest loan of museum items in the University’s history. The beautiful exhibition, open from 24 March to 17 December 2017, includes 400 exhibits, 11 models of ancient Egyptian temples and 22 media stations to take visitors on a journey along the Nile. Among the highlights are a 4,000 year-old wooden coffin of Nakht and the mummy of the lady Ta Cheru and a fine statue of the scribe Rahotep – all on loan from Aberdeen. There are also many fine items from German museums in Berlin, Hildesheim and Hamm, aided by Austrian logistics company MuseumPartners
The exhibition is held in the Lokschuppen exhibition centre in Rosenheim, near Munich. The building is a converted railway engine shed and has annual exhibitions, recently including ‘Rainforest’ and ‘Vikings!’, that regularly attract up to 200,000 visits making it one of the most important visitor attractions in Bavaria.
The opening started with a ‘Pharaoh concert’, attended by about a thousand people, by the combination of Quadro Nuevo and Cairo Steps. A busy media conference and media visits to the exhibition led to various reports in the local media, including Samerberger Nachrichten, Rosenheim24, Focus online, and Bayerische Rundfunk.
The exhibition is beautifully designed, with animated videos and the conserved Aberdeen objects very prominent. Bayerische Rundfunk have a good set of photos of the exhibition, including close-up photos of 11 of the Aberdeen objects. The mummy of Ta Cheru (Ta Khar) attracted the most attention, starting when it arrived in Rosenheim with a television report.
The logo for the exhibition is taken from the ‘eye panel’ inside the coffin of Nakht on loan from Aberdeen.
It is definitely worth visiting!