Quest for Immortality – The World of Ancient Egypt

1 March 2010

I have always been a big fan of the culture of ancient Egypt. It all started when my mom read to me something about the curse of Tutankhamen; that was way back probably around twenty years ago. It was not a hard a hard decision to revisit the National Museum of Singapore one hot Sunday afternoon as they currently house a temporary exhibit about ancient Egypt.

a stone statue of an Egyptian god

Dubbed as Quest for Immortality – The World of Ancient Egypt, this exhibit offers an insight to how the ancient Egyptians perceived life and the afterlife. The life after death is very important to these ancient civilization and as such it was very important for them to make sure that adequate preparation were done in order to ensure a smooth transition of the dead from his earthly existence to the realm of immortality.

sphinxes and pharaohs

There are more than a hundred priceless artefacts spanning from 4500 BC to 950 BC in the exhibit; these includes statues of gods, jewelleries of the dead and tools for mummification. But perhaps the most interesting artefacts of them all were some real mummies. Yes, there were a couple of them bundled up by thick plaster and displayed. However these are not the grotesque version you may have probably seen in the encyclopaedias; needless to say, it is enough for me to tell myself that I have seen an Egyptian mummy in person myself.

these jars were once used to contain human internal organs

a portion of the book of the dead inscribed in this papyrus

a royal jewelry especially designed for the dead

an example of hieroglyphics carved in this beautifully preserved piece of stone

an ancient Egyptian mummy - it ain't that scary looking right?

This exhibit is currently ongoing until the 4th of April. The gallery is open from 9AM until 6PM. There is an entrance fee of 15 SGD that applies. Lucky for you if you have a Mastercard as there is a 50% discount to the entrance fee. A free guided tour is conducted everyday at 11:30am and 2:30pm (with an additional tour at 3:30pm every Sunday).

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19 Responses to “Quest for Immortality – The World of Ancient Egypt”


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  2. nina Says:

    Are they cursed? Hehe (obvious bang favorite movie ko ang The Mummy?)

    Tsk, sayang hangang April lang yung exhibit 😦


  3. this is nice!
    i’ve never been to the museums here.
    i’ll try to visit before april 4.

    thanks for sharing 🙂


    • You should go there… Try to catch the free guided tour on the designated schedule. And don’t forget to swipe it using an MC so that you can get an instant 50% discount.


  4. ok, great! this is something new again for me.
    thanks 🙂

  5. L Says:

    I have yet to see this! Curse my schedule.. 😦

    Anyway.. can you take photos inside?


    • Hello,

      Thanks for dropping by… Yeah, you can take photos inside the exhibit HOWEVER flashes are not allowed. Fast lens are very useful if you want to take good pictures here! 🙂


  6. At the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, I saw some shelves that were empty with a little note saying “temporarily on tour…” Perhaps what I missed (it’s bound to happen anyway as there were just too many to digest) are the ones you have photos of.


    • Ah mao ba Mr Nomadic Pinoy? Ehehehe… I dunno where these artifacts came from but it could be possible that these were the ones supposedly in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. 🙂

  7. Diana Says:

    haha I also featured this recently..I was so excited that this was featured in NMS when I visited SG last time!!

  8. chyng Says:

    where did the singaporeans get those sphinx?
    probably they too are interested in ancient egypt. galing! Ü

  9. Egypt Travel Says:

    Where are these beautiful statues.

  10. mido Says:

    they are few pieces not from the master pieces expect to see much more beautiful pieces when you visit the Egyptian museum in Cairo where 120 thousand pieces are displayed


  11. It’s very fantastic.. Thanks..


  12. Nice photos..Thanks a lot..


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