Ancient Egypt

Bring your topic to life with our much loved Ancient Egyptian workshop which gives pupils the unique opportunity to handle real Ancient Egyptian artefacts.

 “The children absolutely loved seeing the artefacts up close. It helped them to understand how fragile they are” Year 4 teacher

The workshop

Bring your topic to life with our much-loved Ancient Egyptian workshop, that gives pupils the amazing opportunity to handle real Ancient Egyptian artefacts.

Learn how to think like archaeologists whilst examining these amazing objects for clues about the lives and beliefs of the people who once owned them.

After a short introduction to ancient Egyptian religion and the mummification process, children will work in small groups to investigate objects in detail, from a headrest to a death mask to a shabti, before sharing their findings with the whole class. We will finish by discussing the relatively recent journey of the objects from Egypt to the Horniman and consider how some Egyptian people may feel about this today.

We also offer a virtual ancient Egypt workshop.

Learning Objectives

  • Pupils will understand the significance of mummification within ancient Egyptian religion
  • Pupils will learn how to carefully and respectfully handle Museum objects to prevent damage.
  • Pupils will explore how to examine ancient Egyptian objects for clues about their original use, significance and more recent history.


Workshop information

How to book

Booking a taught session includes a welcome briefing on arrival, timed access to a lunch space, cloakroom facilities and access to toilets for the exclusive use of school groups.

Contact us to make a booking:
020 8291 8686

When you contact us please have ready:

– the name of the taught session you would like to book or topic you are studying,

-1st/2nd/3rd choice of date and preferred session time,

– the number of pupils and adults attending.


Entrance to the Horniman Museum and Gardens is free of charge. Taught sessions and access to some exhibitions are charged for. We invoice after your visit.

The following charges apply:
– 45 minute or 1 hour object handling session, (up to 30 pupils): £72.50 ex VAT (£87.00 inc VAT) per session
– 30/45 minute object handling sessions for Special Education Needs classes (up to 12 pupils): £36.25 ex VAT (£43.50 inc VAT) per session
– 60 minute Gamelan and 90 minute sessions (up to 30 pupils): £122.50 ex VAT (£147.00 inc VAT) per session.

We offer a bursary scheme for schools that meet a set criteria.

We offer a bursary.

Planning your visit

See Plan Your Day for other essential information including our Risk Assessment.

We are open from 10am-5.30pm, 6 days a week; the Museum will be closed on Wednesdays. Entrance to the Museum and Gardens is free of charge but must be booked in advance by emailing

Entrance to our charged temporary exhibition can be booked for a reduced educational rate of £3 per person. Our Butterfly House and Aquarium will remain closed to school groups at this time to allow for social distancing. Charges apply to all children aged 3 years and over, and all accompanying teachers and adults, unless they are specific 1:1 carers.