Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives


Egyptian Mummies: Family Sundays

Sundays in February and March, 10am–4pm

Free with Museum admission

To celebrate Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives, immerse your family in ancient Egypt every Sunday from 10.00 am – 4.00 pm throughout February and March, free with Museum admission. Pre-book your Egyptian Mummies tickets here and save.

Each Sunday families will explore ancient Egyptian lives through either the eyes of an architect, artist, archaeologist or a pharaoh. Learn about ancient Egyptian buildings, what pharaohs wore, how artists worked, or become an archaeologist for the day!  Enjoy hands-on making, story-telling, dress-ups and much more! With a different focus each week there is something fun for everyone, as you dig deeper into the lives of ancient Egyptians.


Egyptian Mummies Expert Floor Talks

Wednesdays & Saturdays at 2pm until 22 April 2017

Free with Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives admission

Join some of Australia’s leading and emerging Egyptologists as they reveal the history behind ancient Egypt. Book for the 2.00 pm session on Wednesdays and Saturdays.


Ancient Egyptian Skies at Sydney Observatory

5.15pm Monday–Friday, 12.15pm Saturday & Sunday


Step inside Sydney Observatory and be transported back to the time and land of the Egyptian Pharaohs to explore the mysteries of mummification and the ancient skies.

Journey to the royal tombs of Egypt in the film Egypt: Secrets of the Mummies and piece together the archeological and genetic clues of Egyptian mummies. Then journey across the ancient Egyptian sky in the Observatory’s Planetarium and learn the significance of the sky to both the everyday and afterlife of ancient Egyptians. Learn the ancient Egyptian names of certain stars, what they called the planets, and the so-called undying stars whom the pharaohs would join after passing from this life to the next.


Film Screening: Message from Mungo

Daily throughout February, 10.45am, 1pm, 2.30pm & 6.30pm (Wednesdays only)

Free with Museum admission

Discover the story of one of Australia’s richest archaeological sites and how scientists andthe Custodians of Indigenous Heritage at Lake Mungo interact.


Death and Dying Discussion Series

Death and Dying: From ancient to contemporary

Thursday 16 March 2017, 6–8pm

Adult $15, Concession $8, MAAS Members free

Join us for a lively panel discussion about death and dying from ancient civilisations through to today. Hear from experts as they share their perspectives on what it means to die well as we ask how these perspectives influence how people live and their beliefs.


Death and Dying: Deadly Ones in da’House

Sunday 2 April, 2–4pm

Adult $15, Concession $8, MAAS Members free

When a 10 year old girl takes her life in a regional community, how can we reconcile that as a characteristic of the 21st century norm? Have we become conditioned to accept the black plague of youth suicide as a rite of passage? Why are our young people becoming so desensitised that self-harm seems like it’s their only option? Could re-connection to culture be the way forward?

In this In-conversation we will examine these questions and look at ways that communities are keeping their young ones alive by building connections to cultural practices and strengthening their own identities with a sense of hope for the future.


MAASive Lates: Egyptian Mummies (18+)

Thursday 23 March 2017, 6–9pm


Explore the Powerhouse Museum and enjoy Egyptian activities after hours for FREE as you see the Museum in a whole new light.


Tutting Workshops with Darren Compton (Ages 12+)

Saturdays in April 2017, 10.30–11.45am


Get your groove on in these dance workshops for teenagers using a form of hip hop inspired by hieroglyphics!