Gateway To Eternity Events & Activities

Visit Gateway to Eternity at Wakefield Museum and step inside a recreated ancient Egyptian tomb. Discover the rituals and beliefs around death and the afterlife in this fascinating and beautiful exhibition.

Treasures on display include grave goods borrowed from the British Museum and National Museums Liverpool World Museum, alongside the mummy of a woman named Perenbast, a temple singer who lived over 2,500 years ago, on loan from The Manchester Museum, The University of Manchester.

The exhibition will also display fascinating objects from Wakefield’s own Egyptian collection, including a mummified baby crocodile. These were collected by local wine merchant William Fennell, who helped fund some of the first scientific excavations in Egypt in the late 19th century.


You can visit the exhibition at these times during the week:
Monday & Tuesday: 9am – 5pm
Wednesday & Thursday: 9am – 7pm
Friday: 9am – 5pm
Saturday: 9am – 4pm

FOR CHILDREN

Mini Museum Explorers
Every Tuesday from 23 July - 27 August, 10.30am-1pm
Wakefield Museum
Drop in Egyptian themed fun for the under 5s.
Free entry

Poster Creators
Thursday 25 July, 10am-11.30am or 1.30pm-3pm
Wakefield Museum

Use our iPads to take images and write your own text to advertise our new exhibition to other children.
Tickets £2.50, booking essential.
Book by calling 01924 302700 or online HERE.

Egyptians!
Friday 26 July, 10am-2pm
Wakefield Museum

Family launch for Gateway To Eternity: Death & The Afterlife In Ancient Egypt exhibition.
Including face painting, wrap-a-mummy and more!
Free entry

King Tut's Table
Monday 29 July & Wednesday 7 August, 10am-12pm or 1pm-3pm
Wakefield Library
A fun, healthy cookery session with an ancient Egyptian theme.
Recommended for ages 5-12 years.
Free entry but booking required by calling 01924 305376.

Egyptian Jewellery
Wednesday 31 July, 10am-11.30am or 1.30pm-3pm
Wakefield Museum

Design and create your own Egyptian style jewellery inspired by our own museum exhibition.
Recommended for ages 6-11 years.
Tickets £2.50, booking essential.
Book by calling 01924 302700 or online HERE.

Make A Miniature Mummy Case
Friday 2 August, 11am-3pm
Wakefield Museum

See a real Ancient Egyptian mummy on display in the museum and make your own miniature mummy case of your own to keep!
Free entry

Learn To Play... Mehen
Thursday 8 August, 10am-11.30am or 1.30pm-3pm
Wakefield Museum
Join us to learn how to play the ancient Egyptian game Mehen. Create your own board and games pieces to take home.
Recommended age 6 - 11 years old.
Tickets £2.50, booking essential.
Book by calling 01924 302700 or online HERE.

Exploring Ancient Egyptian Art
Friday 9 August, 11am-3pm
Wakefield Museum
Art was very important to the Ancient Egyptians - they wrote with pictures, carved monumental sculptures and painted colourful images!
Today you can create some characteristic Ancient Egyptian style art of your own.
Free entry

Pyramid Maker
Wednesday 14 August, 45 minute sessions at 10am, 11am, 1.30pm and 2.30pm
Wakefield Museum
Design and create your own pyramid using our 3D pens.
Recommended for ages 8 - 14 years old.
Tickets £2.50, booking essential.
Book by calling 01924 302700 or online HERE.

Fuzzy Felt Mummies
Friday 16 August, 11am-3pm
Wakefield Museum
Find out how the Ancient Egyptians made their mummies and then create a fun fuzzy felt mummy - including removable organs - to keep!
Free entry

Ancient Egyptian Animals
Monday 19 August, 11am-3pm
Wakefield Museum

From cats and crocodiles, to ibises and dung beetles - discover how and why certain animals were so special to the people of Ancient Egypt and make an Egyptian style animal craft to keep.
Free entry

Learn To Play... Seega
Thursday 29 August, 10am-11.30am or 1.30pm-3pm
Wakefield Museum

Join us to learn how to play the ancient Egyptian game Mehen. Create your own board and games pieces to take home.
Recommended age 6 - 11 years old.
Tickets £2.50, booking essential.
Book by calling 01924 302700 or online HERE.

Transform Yourself Into A Pharoah
Monday 28 October, 11am-3pm
Wakefield Museum
Ancient Egypt was ruled by pharaohs. Join us today to learn about some of the most amazing, memorable and surprising of those pharaohs and make a pharaoh's headdress of your own to wear!
Free entry

Simple Sewing: Ancient Egyptian Cats
Tuesday 29 October, 10am-11.30am or 1.30pm-3pm
Wakefield Museum
Join us as we investigate the important role that cats played in Ancient Egyptian culture and then use simple sewing techniques to stitch a soft toy in the shape of an Ancient Egyptian cat!
Recommended for ages 6-11 years.
Tickets £2.50, booking essential.
Book by calling 01924 302700 or online HERE.

THE GREAT WAKEFIELD MUMMY HUNT

Find all the mummies and be entered into a prize draw!

There are 14 mummies hidden around Wakefield city centre - if you can find and name them all, drop your completed entry forms to Wakefield Museum and be in with a chance to win a prize!

The Great Wakefield Mummy Hunt runs from Saturday 6 July until Saturday 2 November.

Come back here soon to download your map and entry form.

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FOR ADULTS

Find Your Passion: Handmade Paper With Papyrus
Thursday 19 September, 5.15pm - 6.45pm
Come along and make unique handmade paper incorporating papyrus and recycled original printed book text.
All materials and light refreshments included.
Ticket £6, booking essential.
Book by calling 01924 302700 or online HERE.

Find Your Passion: Metal Embossing
Thursday 17 October, 5.15pm - 6.45pm
Egyptians used a variety of metal in everyday life including weapons, tools, vessels, statues and ornaments. Have a go at metal embossing to produce an attractive box to keep all those special little things in.
All materials and light refreshments included.
Ticket £6, booking essential.
Book by calling 01924 302700 or online HERE.

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