Coincidentally, as we were planning our travel feature to Egypt with Nick Smith, a request came in from a Dulcie Engel, a volunteer at the Egypt Centre in Swansea University. Dulcie is keen to promote this award-winning museum and to encourage more visitors this winter. This family friendly exhibition has plenty to keep adults and children enthralled and is the perfect place to spend a chilly afternoon.
Situated on Swansea University’s Singleton Campus, next to the Taliesin Theatre, the Egypt Centre is an award-winning museum of Egyptological antiquities (the only one in Wales!), particularly known for its large and successful volunteer programme. This includes the Saturday ‘nubie’ volunteers, who are aged between 10 and 18!
The museum has been in these purpose-built premises since 1998 and is home to over 5,000 Egyptian artefacts.
Starting downstairs, you enter the museum via the well-stocked gift shop and go into the ‘House of Death’. Here you can admire our scary snake hologram, take part in mum-mifying our ever-obliging dummy mummy Bob, build a pyramid, or guess the animal.
There is much to learn about Ancient Egyptian gods and beliefs, and you can see our painted coffin, animal mummies, beautiful gilded masks, mummy bandages and exquisitely crafted tiny amulets.
Upstairs (there is a lift too), the landing is home to the children’s play area and family dressing-up rail. The biggest hit here is the Playmobil pyramid, but there are lots of other toys, plus children’s books and drawing materials. Leading from the landing is the ‘House of Life’.
Family-friendly activities here include writing your name in hieroglyphs, playing the ancient game of senet, and handling real objects from our collect-ion, dating from 2,000 to 50,000 years old! You can learn about daily life and technology in ancient Egypt and see our beautiful ‘princess’ collar neck-laces, make-up pots and applicators, embroidery and weapons, statues and furniture.
The upstairs exit leads to the Taliesin café (check opening times) and toilets.
Winner of the Swansea Life tourism award, 2018 and 2019.
Winner of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2018.