Ancient Egyptian School Holiday Fun is now on at WA Museum Boola Bardip!

By Marnie Adams, Contributor @ Kids In Perth 05 Jul 2023

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Get the kids ready to embark on an extraordinary journey back in time to the mesmerizing world of Ancient Egypt for these school holidays!

WA Museum Boola Bardip, in partnership, with the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden (RMO) in the Netherlands, the National Museum of Australia, the Queensland Museum, and the Australian Government International Exhibitions Insurance (AGIEI) Program, brings you a collection of treasured Egyptian antiquities to Australia as part of their

Discovering Ancient Egypt exibition which is now on at Boola Bardip in Perth.

It's the ultimate school holiday destination for little adventurers.

Step into a realm of wonder as your family uncovers the secrets of pharaohs, pyramids, and ancient artifacts. The exhibition offers an immersive experience that will ignite your child's imagination and curiosity. From captivating displays to interactive workshops, there's something for everyone.

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Your little ones can transform into archaeologists as they participate in hands-on activities, uncovering ancient treasures and decoding hieroglyphics. Watch their curiosity spark as they explore real artifacts and even come face-to-face with a mummy!

Mark your school holiday calendar with exciting Ancient Egyptian-themed school holiday activities happening alongside the exhibition.
From Building Ancient Egypt in Minecraft, mummifying cane toads through to Pyramid Playtime... there's something immersive for every age as these extra experiences transport the whole family deeper into the enchanting world of Ancient Egypt.

Don't miss out on this extraordinary exhibition.

Grab your explorer hats and head to WA Museum Boola Bardip before Sunday 8 October 2023.

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School Holiday Program 

Visit any of WA Museum's various locations to take part in engaging school holiday activities!

There's always something new for children to learn and heaps of fun-filled activities for them to explore and express creativity.

Find information below about Drop and Leave programs for busy working parents.

With options available across Western Australia, there is something for everyone this school holiday season. Book early to avoid disappointment.

However, If you've missed out on these School Holiday activities, find plenty of interactive displays in the exhibition.

Also, there's a Beyond The Tomb Activity Zone which is FREE for visitors and lets your child enjoy themed activities after exploring the exhibition.


AWESOME Festival: Family Portrait

Monday 25 September – Saturday 30 September
Daily | 9.30am, 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm

$10 per child (accompanying adult free)

Duration: 35 minutes

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Family Portrait is an interactive video installation combining striking imagery and choreography to capture an intimate portrayal of family life. With space to roam, the children encounter rabbit skulls, converse with spiders, make war paint with berries and discover the fun of burying their mother in bark.

With humour and candour, the work shares an honest depiction of what family really is – responsibility, joy, balance, intimacy and, most of all, love.

Filmed in the splendour of Scotland’s natural environment.


Art v Science: Egyptian Mask Making

Tuesday 26 September | 10am - 1pm
Drop and leave program

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Unleash your creativity and step back in time to ancient Egypt with Egyptian Mask Making


Adventures in Archaeology

Young archaeologists can examine the tools, techniques and methods used by archaeologists to unlock secrets from the past. Learn the process to excavate, analyse and interpret artefacts before accurately recording them. Then, get them ready for a small museum display. Be inspired to explore the world of archaeology and discover the thrill of uncovering the mysteries of the past.

During this workshop participants will:

Survey, record and analyse a small site for artefacts.
Accurately record artefacts and piece together the clues that reveal their past.
Take on the role of a museum curator to create a small display of the objects for others to view.
So what are you waiting for? Sign up today, we think you’ll dig it!


Thursday 5 October | 10am - 1pm
Drop and leave program

$45 per participant

Developed for children aged 8 to 12 years old

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Beyond the Tomb!

Find out more about ancient Egyptian beliefs in the afterlife with some fun activities. You might be surprised at what you learn!
Did you know...

Ancient Egyptians worshipped over 2,000 gods and goddesses?
Ancient Egyptians loved board games?
The pyramids were not built by slaves?
A name plate or cartouche was used on coffins for the afterlife? - Usually only on important people’s coffins.
Discover more interesting facts and 'walk like an Egyptian' to Beyond the Tomb, an activity space for visitors of all ages to explore.

Come and try your hand at:

Applying engineering skills to construct a pyramid.
Treading the perilous path of the Egyptian Underworld.
Mummification and preparation for the afterlife.
Using hieroglyphics to create a personalised cartouche to take home.
This drop in activity is best paired with a visit to the Discovering Ancient Egypt exhibition.


Saturday 1 July - Sunday 8 October | 9.30am - 5pm
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Stop Motion Animation: Curse of the Mummy

Friday 29 September | 10am - 4pm
Drop and leave program

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Did uncovering Pharaohs' tombs bring a curse or was it a clever trick? Let's find out and create a story through stop-motion.

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Mario Kart Heads to Egypt

Monday 2 October | 10am - 4pm
Drop and leave program

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Get ready to take Mario Kart to the desert sands of Egypt- in augmented reality!

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Mindstorming Mayhem

Thursday 28 September | 10am - 4pm
Drop and leave program

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Backyard Blockheads
Imagine a backyard where bees are buzzing, lizards are scurrying, birds flit about and pollinators dance from flower to flower. Got the picture?

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Minecraft: Building Ancient Egypt

Friday 6 October | 10am - 4pm
Drop and leave program

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Calling all Minecrafters! Are you ready to embark on an epic adventure through the ancient world of Egypt?

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Mindstorming Mayhem

Wednesday 27 September | 10am - 4pm
Drop and leave program

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Get set to supercharge our EV3 Mindstorm robots! Dive into the world of coding and testing with these awesome third-gen bots. Let's robot rock!


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Fun Facts about Ancient Egypt


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  1. Ancient Egyptians believed in the afterlife and spent a significant amount of time and resources preparing for it through the construction of elaborate tombs and burial practices.
  2. The Great Pyramid of Giza, built for Pharaoh Khufu, is the largest of the pyramids and one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
  3. The Nile River was essential to the survival and prosperity of Ancient Egypt. It provided fertile soil for agriculture and transportation for trade and travel.
  4. Ancient Egyptians worshipped a pantheon of gods and goddesses, with each deity having their own specific roles and attributes.
  5. The writing system of Ancient Egypt was hieroglyphics, a complex combination of pictorial symbols and phonetic sounds.
  6. Pharaohs, the rulers of Ancient Egypt, were considered both political and religious leaders. They were believed to be descendants of the gods.
  7. Ancient Egyptians were skilled in various fields, including architecture, engineering, medicine, and mathematics. They developed techniques such as mummification and the use of papyrus for writing.
  8. The Rosetta Stone, discovered in 1799, played a crucial role in deciphering hieroglyphics and understanding the language and history of Ancient Egypt.
  9. Ancient Egyptians had a strong belief in magic and the power of amulets and charms for protection and good fortune.
  10. Cats were highly revered in Ancient Egypt and were considered sacred animals. They were often depicted in artwork and were even mummified to accompany their owners in the afterlife.
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Journey along the Nile to unravel the mysteries of Ancient Egypt with this must-see exhibition featuring over 240 objects, including intricately decorated coffins, mummies, statues, and extracts from the Book of the Dead.

Unearth a journey of a lifetime as the WA Museum partners with the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden (RMO) in the Netherlands, the National Museum of Australia, the Queensland Museum, and the Australian Government International Exhibitions Insurance (AGIEI) Program, bring you a collection of treasured Egyptian antiquities to Australia.

With a vast history and culture spanning more than 3000 years, Ancient Egypt continues to fascinate people around the world.

The exhibition takes visitors on a fascinating journey featuring stunning objects on loan from the RMO’s significant Egyptian and Nubian collections, alongside digital experiences and hands-on activities.

From early exploration to cutting-edge modern research, this exhibition unveils the lifestyles of the ancient Egyptians, their religion and society, their creativity, and their belief in an afterlife where they could live for eternity.

Featuring over 240 objects, including intricately decorated coffins, mummies, extracts from the Book of the Dead, jewellery, amulets, shabti, statues and many more.

The mummified bodies in this collection have kept their original linen bandages. RMO founding director J.C. Reuvens understood the irreversible damage the unwrapping caused and waited for future technological advances to enable research on the mummified remains to be undertaken.

For this exhibition, recent CT scans have been conducted on mummified humans and animals, with the results of the analysis being made public in Australia for the first time via a cutting-edge digital interactive.

Visitors will also discover fascinating stories and behind-the-scenes insights into the RMO’s archaeological expeditions and its unique working relationship with colleagues in museums, universities and the community both in Egypt and Europe.

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Saturday 10 June – Sunday 8 October 2023


Standard | $20
Concession | $17.50
Junior (5 – 15) | $15
Junior (0 – 4) | Free
Family | $60

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Pyramid Playtime: Under 5s

Pyramid Playtime is a morning designed especially for under 5s and their adults to enjoy while exploring the Discovering Ancient Egypt exhibition.

Every Monday morning during school term, Pyramid Playtime offers exhibition access, spot-talks for the 'ancient mummies' and sensory Egyptian themed play for the 'little Pharaohs' with free admission for under 5s.

Begin the morning in our Pyramid Play Area near the Carnotaurus on Level 1 for song, rhyme and play-based activities. Then, explore the exhibition at your leisure, fitting in with little one's timings. Our Pyramid Play Area is always available to drop in and out of to suit your needs.

Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to explore the wonders of ancient Egypt with your little pharaohs.



From 19 June | 9.30am - 12pm

Includes Discovering Ancient Egypt exhibition entry.

Adults | $25
Concession | $22.50
Under 5s | Free

Friend Members receive 15% off ticket pricing for this event.

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Discovering Ancient Egypt Guided Tour

Thursdays, Saturdays & Sundays | 3pm – 4pm
Sat 24 June – Sun 8 Oct

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This one-hour tour will provide an insight into life in Ancient Egypt as well as a looking at Early European exploration through to modern technology, and how this has shaped Egyptology.

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Discovering Egypt: The Tomb of Khuwy

Tuesday 8 August | 5.30pm - 7.30pm

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Join us for a talk by renowned scholars Dr. Mohamed Megahed and Dr. Hana Vymazalová as they delve into the significant archaeological discovery of the tomb of Khuwy.


Date Night Ideas

WA Museum offers many fun themed events where you and your partner or friends can have fun without the kids.

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Afterlife Bar

Fridays | 5.30pm - 8pm (talk from 6:30pm for 30 mins)
From 16 June - 6 October

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Uncover the secrets of Ancient Egypt after hours with exclusive access to the exhibition, pop up talks by experts and enthusiasts, in a transformed museum afterlife bar.

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Revelation Film Festival: The Mummy

Friday 14 July | 5.30pm - 9.30pm

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Join us for a thrilling night of horror and history as we present a special screening of the iconic horror classic, The Mummy (1959)

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Feast Upon the Nile

Friday 28 July | 6pm - 10pm
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Feast upon a four-course Egyptian-style shared menu, with paired wines from Plantagenet and a curated tour through Discovering Ancient Egypt.

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