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Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs, a new exhibition opening at the British Columbia Royal Museum

From the Nile to the afterworld, discover ancient Egyptian lives!

The new exhibition opens May 18th

Royal BC Museum’s new exhibition, Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs opens this Friday, May 18th. The pyramids, pharaohs, mummies and hieroglyphs… since its rediscovery, we’ve been captivated by the world of ancient Egypt.

This latest exhibition immerses us in walking like and the lives of Egyptians. (So to speak). The exhibition floor is roughly divided into 7 distinct sections: The Nile, The Gods, The Pharaohs,  The Temple, The Words, The Look, and The Afterlife.

You start the exhibition with the great Egyptian life line, the Nile River, and how people lived and worked around it. You will also learn about the Egyptian Gods and the Temples they worshiped in. Then you will meet some of the most impressive of Pharaohs.

Additionally, visitors to the exhibition will also have the opportunity to learn Egyptian culture. What kind of jobs did they have? What was in fashion? The writing! Finally, the exhibition concludes with death. Learn what the ancient Egyptian believed about the afterlife and witness some truly captivating artifacts from their coffins to Egyptian mummies!

This is not the first time RBCM had an Egyptian exhibit. Back in 2004, the museum had an exhibition called Eternal Egypt. I remember the exhibition well but it showed a mere 150 artifacts. The new exhibit, Egypt: The Time of the Pharaoh, boasts more than 300 original artifacts. Some are up to 4,500 years old and borrowed from European museums such as the Egyptian Museum of Berlin, Roemer- und Pelizaeus-Museum Hildesheim, as well as University Museum of Aberdeen. This is the North American debut of this exhibition.

Displays, models, and ancient artifacts make Egypt come alive

At the time of the preview I attended, not everything to be included in the exhibition had yet been made ready for the opening. However, based on what was ready for the exhibition preview, I was intrigued by beautiful displays, intricate models, and of course, the original Egyptian artifacts. (My favourite was the model of a temple where they worshiped the Gods! How cool is that!?) Their “temple” was as large as a city block, with its own bakery inside! An absolutely fascinating journey into the lives of the ancient Egyptians.

There’s something for everyone—even the kids!

For families, there will be a lot of interactive displays where you can touch and play with.

For grown ups, there is an original beer created by Swans Brewery called Pharaoh’s Reserve available later this month, as well as Adults Sleepover on September 1st planned, as part of their popular Night at the Museum series.

Conclusion? An enthusiastic thumbs up!

It is a truly immersive experience and I highly recommend you go see it. The Egypt: The Time of the Pharaohs continues until December 31, 2018. Visit the Royal BC Museum website for details.

Mammoths: Giants of the Ice Age opens at RBCM


Royal BC Museum is opening its latest exhibition, Mammoths: Giants of the Ice Age this Friday, June 3rd. I got to have a sneak peak of the latest from RBCM.


Everyone in Victoria is familiar with the Woolly Mammoth, Woolly at RBCM. It’s sort of like their mascot in a way. Now, Mammoths exhibit will give us the opportunity to tarvel back in time to the ice age and learn about this amazing creature.


At the first section of the exhibit, we will learn about mammoths and mastodon origins and evolutionary adaptations. Elephants, mammoths and mastodons are close relatives (I didn’t know that!) and we can see the family tree of proboscidean. There are a lot of hands-on interactive displays that are great for children (and adults of course!)

The Baby Lyuba

The highlight of the exhibition is the famous baby mammoth, Lyuba (Lee-OO-bah), the remarkably well preserved, 40,000 year-old-baby mammoth. It was found in 2007 by a Siberian reindeer herder. This is the first time Lyuba is in Canada, and it is amazing how close you can get to a 40,000 year-old mammoth. As it’s stated it is incredibly well preserved thanks to a special condition the baby girl encountered when she died (you can read all about it in the display). Technology is an amazing thing… I was in awe. Lyuba is pretty darn adorable too. Lyuba is on loan from the Shemanovskiy Yamal-Nenets District Museum and Exhibition Complex in northern Siberia, Russia.


Next section has amazing displays of full-scale replica of a Columbian mammoth, Saber-tooth cat and a short-faced bear (all of them now extinct). You are sure to be awestruck by the scale of these amazing creatures.

Mammoths: Giants of Ice Age is presented in partnership with Chicago’s Field Museum.  There is also a companion IMAX film, Mammoths: Titans of the Ice Age also opening on June 3.  And for the kids who love mammoths (ages 5-6 and 7-11), there are several summer camp  dates available. See the RBCM website for details.

Mammoths: Giants of the Ice Age runs until December 31, 2016.

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