The Mummification Museum is an archaeological museum in Luxor, Upper Egypt. It was established in 1997. It is dedicated to the art of Ancient Egyptian mummification.
The word “mummification” comes from the Persian word “mummya” meaning bitumen or pitch.
The museum is intended to provide visitors with an understanding of the ancient art of mummification. The Ancient Egyptians applied embalming techniques to many species, not only to dead humans. Mummies of cats, fish and crocodiles are on display in this unique museum, where one can also get an idea of the tools used, embalming materials, Canopic jars, amulets and coffins.
From very early times, they protected the afterlife of the dead by mummification, offerings, writing the name of the deceased and utterances in their calls.
The physical body was mummified, wrapped in linen and protected with various amulets in a coffin and deposited within its tomb.
It was opened by President Hosni Mubarak in 1997.
It contains the following elements:
Hall of artifacts
The hall of artifacts is divided into two parts; the first one is ascended corridor through which the visitor could have a look on ten tablets. Most of these tablets throw lights on the funeral journey from death to burial. The second part of the museum began from the end of the corridor and the visitor could see more than sixty pieces, which are displayed in 19 well-advanced cases.