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'Egypt: A Time of Pharaohs' opens at the Royal BC Museum on May 18. (Colin Smith Photography)

If learning about ancient pyramids, hieroglyphs, and mummies sounds like an awesome way to spend your summer, then walk like an Egyptian down to the Royal BC Museum.

Egypt: The Time of Pharoahs, opens this weekend on Friday, May 18.

The exhibit was drawn from Egyptian collections across the world, including the Egyptian Museum in Berlin, the Roemer and Pelizaeus Museum in Hildesheim, the Gustav Lübcke Museum in Hamm, and the University Museum of Aberdeen.

“Much of what we know and see of ancient Egypt we owe to the vision and work of generations of archaeologists from all over the world,” said RBCM CEO Prof. Jack Lohman. “Their efforts contribute to our knowledge of a civilization that marks the dawn of the human spirit.”

The exhibit gives visitors a glimpse into all aspects of ancient Egyptian life, from the emergence of ancient Egyptian civilization along the Nile to the Ptolemaic and Roman eras.

Visitors can check out more than 300 priceless ancient artifacts, some of them dating back 4,500 years, such as the coffin of Nakht, and an ornate gold and garnet necklace from the Ptolemaic period.

But the biggest draw of the exhibit is arguably the bust of Hatshepsut, the fifth pharaoh of the Eighteenth Dynasty of Egypt, and the second historically confirmed female pharaoh.

And if you’re a cat person, there’s lots for you here. The Egyptians worshipped cats as deities, believing them to be guardians of the household (sounds like a few people we know), and would often mummify them the same way they would humans.

Take a look at the ancient Egypt exhibit in the photos below. If you want to see more, check out our Flickr page.

See you at the Royal BC Museum!

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