Ancient World gallery

Ancient world gallery now closed

Re-opening April 2017


Our incredible Ancient Egypt galleries are set to re-open following a major redevelopment, expanding the display of its world-class collection across nearly 1,000 square metres of gallery space. 

Displaying more than 2,000 objects – some of which have never been publicly shown before – the new galleries will tell the fascinating story of how Liverpool acquired its renowned collection and share research and insights into one of the most fascinating ancient civilisations in history. 

A ‘mummy room’, displaying 12 mummies, will feature alongside some of the 16,000 artefacts from Ancient Egypt and Nubia. World Museum has one of the most important Ancient Egypt collections in the UK and this will be largest gallery to ever be showcased outside of the British Museum in London.

Online collection

We have an online collection of our Ancient Egypt objects with more information about each of the items.

A small temporary display of objects

There are ancient Egyptian, Greek and Anglo-Saxon objects on display in the Weston Discovery Centre on the 3rd floor of the museum, while the Ancient world gallery is closed. Please note that the centre is only open Saturdays and Sundays during term time. It is open Monday-Sunday during school holidays.

Egyptian objects include the mummy of a young boy, examples of gold, silver and stone jewellery, an exquisite kohl pot and other funerary items such as model of a boat.

You can also find out about the shapes and decoration of Ancient Greek pottery and see the Kingston Brooch from our Anglo-Saxon collections.

What you can expect from the new Egypt gallery:

  • a new ‘Mummy Room’ displaying 12 mummies. The room will be housed in a restored gallery space that closed to visitors 35 years ago.
  • star objects highlighted
  • visually stunning displays showcasing the diversity, size and significance of our collection.
  • the re-displaying of our incredible objects, some of which have never been on public display before.

Keep up to date

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From the blog


Meet the Egyptians: Horwennefer’s coffin

27 October

Building works have now begun on an exciting new project to develop our ancient Egypt gallery, enabling us to tell the fascinating story of how Liverpool acquired its world-renowned ancient Egyptian collection. Read more about Meet the Egyptians: Horwennefer’s coffin

Image of a mummy from World Museum's collection

Exciting plans for World Museum’s Ancient Egypt galleries

27 February

Fantastic news! World Museum has received a grant of £300,000 towards the expansion and improvement of our much-loved Ancient Egypt galleries. Read more about Exciting plans for World Museum’s Ancient Egypt galleries



Escape from the mummy's tomb!

Play our exciting online game and see if you are an expert explorer. But watch out, there's a mummy on the loose!