Come visit the Natural History Museum of Utah (NHMU) and take a journey back 5,000 years ago along the River Nile to one of the most advanced ancient civilizations in Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs.

Now open to the public, the latest special exhibit at NHMU guides visitors through the fascinating and mysterious lives of ancient Egyptians. More than 5,000 years ago, Egypt’s fascinating pharaohs led one of the world’s most advanced and preeminent civilizations. They built magnificent pyramids and temples and produced extraordinary art and cultural splendor, which spawned a mythical reputation that now captivates peoples’ imagination around the globe.

Featuring more than 350 original artifacts, some more than 4,500 years old, the exhibition sheds new light on spheres of life along the fertile Nile Valley—from everyday people to their dynastic rulers. Detailed models of famed pyramids, temples and Egyptian homes, as well as extensive multimedia overlays, films, and interactives guide visitors through the fantasy and facts of ancient Egypt.

Ancient Egypt is a story of geography as much as history. Surrounded by hostile deserts and mountains, the more than 1,000-kilometer-long river Nile became the lifeline of what we call pharaonic culture. Here savannah cattle breeders sought shelter from the progressive drought of the Sahara Desert, and farmers from the present-day Palestinian region found a new home and developed one of the most advanced and preeminent civilizations in the ancient world. 

Ever since, ancient Egypt, the land of pharaohs, extraordinary art and cultural splendor, miracles and mysteries, has captivated peoples’ imagination all over the world. Egypt’s magnificent monuments, pyramids and temples have inspired innumerable artists, writers, poets and architects from the Romans to the present day. And now you can experience it first-hand at the Natural History Museum of Utah. 

This vivid, artifact-rich experience unveils the day-to-day lifestyle of pharaohs, commoners, gods, kings and queens. It reveals their economic, political, mythological and cultural beliefs through authentic ancient Egyptian artifacts—including the mummy Ta-Kar, the coffin for the Overseer of the Granary Nakht, the slab stela of Iunu, and a papyrus from The Book of the Dead—as well as detailed, interactive models of once-lost cities and landscapes.

The immersive exhibition also includes 20 media stations, ten replicas, and nine interactive, true-to-scale models of houses, cities and landscapes, along with hands-on elements, animations, videos and holograms.

“This exhibit is one of the largest traveling exhibitions on ancient Egypt in the world,” said Jason Cryan, executive director of Natural History Museum of Utah. “The exhibit explores ancient Egyptian culture from the perspectives of both the pharaohs and the ruling class as well as that of everyday Egyptians. Our visitors will come away with a new-found appreciation for this period of human history and we’re thrilled to showcase it here at NHMU.”

Don’t miss this exciting expedition at the Natural History Museum of Utah. Entrance into Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs is included in the Museum’s price of general admission. An ongoing visitor policy is in place to prioritize the health and comfort of all Museum guests. Tickets must be reserved online in advance and will not be available for purchase at the Museum. For additional information, visit

About the Natural History Museum of Utah
The Natural History Museum of Utah is one of the leading scientific research and cultural institutions in the country. Established in 1963, the Museum’s collections contain over 1.6 million objects and offers innovative exhibitions and educational programs to thousands of residents and visitors each year, including traveling and permanent exhibits, special events and other programs. With an expected attendance of 300,000 visitors a year, the Museum also offers a variety of outreach programs to communities and schools throughout Utah, reaching every school district in the state annually. The Museum has an active science program with more than 30 scientists and 10 field exhibitions each year.