Are you wondering about something related to your museum visit or the Egypt of Glory exhibition? We’ve gathered some answers to frequently asked questions on this page.
You don’t need to buy a ticket before arriving, as we normally sell tickets on-site. We only sell a limited number of advance tickets for each day, and there are more tickets available at the door. With an advance ticket, you can avoid possible queues, as you enter the museum through the museum shop.
Items in the exhibition are very old and fragile. We can only preserve them for future generations by keeping them in certain conditions. This is why we monitor the temperature and humidity of the exhibition space closely. Bringing wet coats into the exhibition space affects the humidity and the safety of the artworks.
Due to the safety of the artworks, it is not allowed to take large bags into the exhibition or carry a backpack on your back. Even when being extremely careful, one may unintentionally hit something with a large bag. By leaving backpacks and bags in the free lockers we can prevent situations that are dangerous for the items of the exhibition.
Eating or drinking in the exhibition is not allowed because of the safety of the works. Liquids, food and even grease from fingertips are dangerous to valuable items. You may eat snacks in the art workshop space Studio Rex when it is free.
Only Amos Rex’s own guides are allowed to do guided tours in the museum. You may book a visit to the exhibition for your group without a guided tour. Please note that members of the group cannot carry out their own tours during an independent visit – any guided tours of your own are to be done before or after the exhibition visit. Book a group visit or a guided tour.
The old, fragile items of the exhibition can take only a limited amount of light in order to make it to future generations. Light wears the items out, and this is why it is also not permitted to use flash when photographing the items.
Egypt of Glory is a unique exhibition containing extremely valuable and fragile items, the oldest of them going back even 6,000 years. An exhibition on Egypt of this scale has not been, and most likely will not be, seen in Finland for a long time. It is our goal that as many people as possible get to visit the exhibition on-site, even amidst the coronavirus pandemic. We want to protect the health of our museum visitors and staff by requiring all those over the age of 13 to wear a face mask in the museum’s premises. We provide a face mask as part of the museum ticket price and loan visors for those who cannot use a face mask for health reasons. Read our guidelines for visiting the museum safely.
We want to ensure that as many people as possible get to see the unique Egypt of Glory exhibition safely. Requiring a face mask for everyone over the age of 13 is the most effective way to ensure the safety of our staff and visitors. We offer one mask included in the museum ticket, and we have visors for those who are unable to use a face mask for health reasons. Amos Rex is not a public space. It is a private museum, and therefore, the museum can define the rules that must be followed on the museum premises. We are following updates on the corona situation and when the situation improves again, we can ease safety measures and adjust our guidelines accordingly.
Read our guidelines for visiting the museum safely.
Amos Rex’s exhibition “Egypt of Glory – The Last Great Dynasties” is a unique and extensive exhibition on the history of Ancient Egypt. The nearly 400 items have been borrowed from Museo Egizio in Turin, Italy. The Museo Egizio collection is one of the most significant collections on Egyptian art and culture outside of Egypt. “Egypt of Glory” is a double exhibition: its other part is displayed simultaneously at Kumu Art Museum in Tallinn until 21 March 2021.
Amos Rex displays the entire spectrum of ancient Egyptian life and death, from everyday items to golden amulets, animal mummies and large sculptures. At the exhibition, you can explore the annual cycle, worldview and state structure of ancient Egyptians. The visitor can find out about gods and the religion practised by Egyptians as well as the why and how of turning the deceased into mummies. Together, the items form a fascinating and vivid picture of ancient Egypt. Read more about Egypt of Glory.
Amos Rex is future-oriented and strongly attached to the present. We are displaying ancient Egypt because we believe that we can only build the future by knowing the past. In order for us to understand the artistic phenomena of our time and the future, we must travel far back in time. Ancient Egypt has influenced European culture in many respects.
Amos Rex is known for providing an experience of stepping into a different world. This is also one of the objectives of the Egypt of Glory exhibition: wondrous items in a holistic world of exhibition architecture engage the visitor in its atmosphere. Particular attention has been paid to the safety of spending time in the exhibition and that it is exciting for children and adolescents too.
It is rare to see an exhibition on ancient Egypt in Finland. The latest extensive exhibition on ancient Egypt in Finland took place in 1994 at Tampere Art Museum. Before that, Amos Anderson Art Museum displayed ancient Egyptian items, exactly 50 years ago. Kumu’s Egypt of Glory exhibition is Estonia’s first exhibition on ancient Egypt in the country’s history.
Museo Egizio in Turin is one of the top museums in its field and holds the largest collection on ancient Egypt, after Cairo. Museo Egizio’s collection includes approximately 40,000 items from ancient Egypt. Most of the collection’s items are from Bernardino Drovetti’s collection acquired in 1824 and the excavations led by Museum Director Ernesto Schiapparelli in Egypt during 1903–1920. The collection is still being expanded, both through donations and new acquisitions.
Museo Egizio’s collections in Turin have been assembled in collaboration with the Egyptian authorities operating at the time. The museum has very good connections with the Egypt’s current Ministry of Antiquities, which has not requested for the collections to be returned. Museo Egizio actively collaborates with Egypt, and this works well for the time being. The museum is also involved with the EU-funded development project of the Egyptian Museum of Cairo together with the British Museum, Louvre, the Egyptian Museum of Berlin and the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden in Leiden. Museo Egizio also carries out research and collaboration with Egyptian authorities to ensure that the collections are as accessible as possible.
It is important that ancient items, which have shaped the history of the world, are displayed around the world, and not just where they originate. This is important for safety reasons as well. Having valuable collections across a wide geographical area ensures that they are preserved if a war of natural disaster endangers the safety of collections in one area.
In ancient Egypt, death was a central part of life. Death was as important as life, or to be precise, there was only life in ancient Egypt. With death, came new life. One might say that there was no death, only life. Ancient Egyptians also did not have their own word for death in the sense as we know it today.
This is an interesting viewpoint when examining death today. The idea of death and life after death is different in different cultures and religions. Death is an unavoidable part of life, and it is important to process it, as everyone meets the subject at one point in their life. We cannot know what will happen after death, and this may seem unpleasant. Perhaps the ancient Egyptians’ way of only seeing life before and after death brings a new and interesting perspective into the matter.
Mummification played a very important part in the lives of ancient Egyptians. The deceased were prepared for life after death with a thorough process after coffin burials became more common. It was thought that the physical body should be kept in good condition for the underworld. Before that, hot sand had carried out the mummification process naturally. Mummies are present in the exhibition to tell about the importance and role of mummification in this ancient culture.
Do there need to be actual mummified bodies in the museum for the purpose of highlighting and talking about the subject – couldn’t images be used instead? Actual mummies have been dug up as part of museum collections during archaeological excavations, and we want to show this fact as transparently as possible.
In the course of history, mummified deceased have even been used as fuel for trains and in ways similar to other articles of daily use. Many people are also familiar with mummies from popular culture, which has often depicted them through humour or horror. As a museum, we want to show mummies – which many people are familiar with – in a different light. Our way of displaying them seeks to build respect and highlight the fact that instead of objects, mummies are actual people from the past. We have a built a space for them, as silent as possible, where people can gather today and pay their respects towards the shared history of humankind and discuss the problematic nature of the subject.