The captivating providence of ancient Egypt has descended on the old-world elegance of Victoria, B.C.

May 18 – December 31, the Royal BC Museum is hosting the Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs. Featuring more than 300 original artifacts, this is the first time a North American audience have access to this staggering exhibition.

Priceless artifacts are on display, such as an ornate gold and garnet necklace from the Ptolemaic period and a 4,000-year-old wooden coffin of official Nakht.

Wooden Coffin at the Royal BC Museum

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While the displays highlighting the god-like Pharaohs and Cleopatra’s wiles are intriguing, it’s the common folk who deserve the spotlight. Because as pyramids were dotting the skyline and men were playing god, everyday joes along the Nile were feeding their families and going to work. With significant advancements in the field of archaeology, we can move beyond speculating about the daily lives of ancient Egyptian commoners.

Answers to questions like what jobs did these individuals hold, how did they live, and how did they celebrate the afterlife have been answered.

 Everyday Items from Ancient Egypt

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You’ll discover how the fertile farmland surrounding the Nile allowed for the cultivation of arts and intellectual development. For instance, the invention of hieroglyphic writing stimulated communication in ways that were never previously possible. You’ll learn the integral role writing and scribes played in the rise of the state.

You’ll discover the elaborate apparel Egyptians wore during festivals. And, you’ll have the opportunity to walk into a replica tomb – an intense introduction to how death was handled in ancient Egypt.

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More Fun at the Royal BC Museum: Wander Through Victoria’s History

After exploring Egypt, take a moment to reground yourself among the rugged shorelines and old growth forests of Vancouver Island, wander over to the Royal BC Museum’s Natural History Gallery. Woolly, the museum’s beloved woolly mammoth, is always standing guard near the entrance. 

Be sure to visit the First Peoples Gallery. Discover how Kwakwaka’wakw, Heiltsuk, Nuxalk, Gitxsan, Haida and Nuu-chah-nulth communities recorded their own history and traditions. Plus, don’t miss the Modern History Gallery, where replicas of Victoria’s original streets and industrial factories are showcased.

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