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External Life: Exploring Ancient Egypt

External Life: Exploring Ancient Egypt

This exhibition introduces six Egyptian individuals who lived between 3,000 and 1,800 years ago!


In addition, 200 objects and digital visualisations of the mummies demonstrates how non-invasive CT scans allow archaeologists and other specialists to determine the age and sex of the mummified bodies, and to explore themes, such as the diet, state of health, mummification process and religious practices of the ancient Egyptians.


The outstanding preservation of ancient Egyptian monuments provides a unique record of the early societies in the Nile valley. The fertile Nile flood plain gave the inhabitants the opportunity to develop a settled agricultural economy and a sophisticated, centralised society, which became a cornerstone in the history of human civilisation.

The long-term custom of burying the dead offers direct insights into the people that inhabited these lands. Owing to the dry and arid conditions prevalent throughout most of Egypt, they have survived in an excellent state of preservation. In the past, the only way to investigate Egyptian mummies was to unwrap them, damaging their fragile remains. However, advances in sophisticated imaging techniques has allowed to virtually explore their wrapped bodies, eliminating the need to disturb their coverings. This exhibition employs the latest Computerised Tomography (CT) scanning technology to study Egyptian mummies in the British Museum’s collection, allowing researchers to gain new insights into the funerary traditions in the Nile valley.

Opening Hours: 

  • Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays: 10:00am – 7:00pm 
  • Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays: 10:00am – 9:00pm 
  • Closed on Thursdays (except Public Holidays)

Free admission for Museum Pass holders and children under 4 years old accompanied by an adult with ticket
No free admission on Wednesdays!

Extension and Education Activities

  • Escape Game

Puzzle of Egyptian Shrine
In an archaeological expedition to Egypt, your team is accidentally trapped in a shrine. Are you as smart as a detective, being able to put together pieces of puzzles, get the tools and find your way out? You can try it out and challenge your knowledge about ancient Egypt in this “Puzzle of Egyptian Shrine” activity!

Date: 2.6.2017 – 18.10.2017

Opening Hours:

Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 12:00 noon - 6:00pm
Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, 11:40am - 7:00pm 

Duration: 20 minutes per session

Venue: G/F Exhibition Hall, Hong Kong Science Museum

Quota: 20 persons per session


  1. Free participation for Museum Pass holders or valid ticket holders of “The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series: Eternal Life – Exploring Ancient Egypt” exhibition.
  2. Participants must first register and redeem admission tickets at the entrance of the “Puzzle of Egyptian Shrine” game.
  3. Redemption of admission tickets starts at 00 minute of each hour for game sessions of the next hour. Tickets are limited to one per person on a first come, first served basis.
  4. Children of body height less than 1.3 metres must be accompanied by an adult.


Credit: Image of Hong Kong Science Museum




Standard Ticket: 30 HKD (Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays (Fee including admission to the Permanent Exhibition Hall))
Standard Ticket: 10 HKD (Wednesdays (Free admission to the Permanent Exhibition Hall))
Full-time students: 5 HKD
Concessionary Ticket: 15 HKD (Applicable to people with disabilities (and one accompanying carer) and senior citizens aged 60 or above)

Telephone number

+(852) 2732 3232



Hong Kong
Ground Floor Exhibition Hall, Hong Kong Science Museum 2 Science Museum Road, Tsimshatsui East, Kowloon, Hong Kong