The Ancient Egypt Site

Museum Overview

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (the Met) in New York is located in New York City's Central Park along Fifth Avenue (from 80th to 84th Streets). Nearly five million people visit the museum each year. 

The museum was founded in 1870 and established with the main aim of maintaining, encouraging and developing the study of fine arts.  

The Met is a very big and busy museum with both permanent collections and temporary exhibitions which are changing all the time. In order to keep up with what is going on at the Met it is very worthwhile to go to their site on the internet where you will be able to find out what is going on right now at the Met.

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Egyptian Collection

The collection of Egyptian art at the Met is known to be one of the best in the whole world. Dating for the Paleolithic to the Roman period visitors can see up to 36,000 artifacts which started to be collected in 1906 when public interest in ancient Egypt suddenly grew.

The Egyptian Collection is housed in 32 major galleries and 8 study galleries. The objects are arranged chronologically. 

The collection of Egyptian artifacts at the Met is quite spectacular and this is due to the fact that so much time, effort, research and money have gone into excavation excursions to Egypt where these artifacts were found, brought back, studied, cleaned, restored and preserved for the public's pleasure. 

One of the main highlights in the Egyptian collection is the Temple of Dendur. This temple was dedicated to the goddess Isis and to two sons of a local Nubian warrior who had helped the Romans in their wars with the Queen of Meroe in the South. The Temple of Dendur was built by the Roman emperor Augustus in 15 B.C. The Temple was presented as a gift from the Egyptian government as recognition of the American contribution to the international campaign to save the ancient Nubian monuments.

Temple of Dendur

Other highlights include the Old Kingdom mastaba (offering chapel) of Perneb, a set of Middle Kingdom wooden models from the tomb of Meketre at Thebes, jewelry of Princess Sit-hathor-yunet of Dynasty 12, a royal portrait sculpture of Dynasty 12 and statues of the female Pharaoh Hatshepsut of Dynasty 18.

Archaeological excavations started in 1906 and still today, members of staff of the Department of Egyptian Art continue to excavate at the Museum's concessions in Egypt.



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  The Ancient Egypt Site Egyptian Collections in the US
  The History of Ancient Egypt   Carlos Museum in Atlanta
  Monuments and Sites of Ancient Egypt   LA County Museum of Arts
  The Language of Ancient Egypt Metropolitan Museum in New York
  Ancient Egypt from A to Z   Oriental Institute Museum in Chicago
  . World Wide Ancient Egypt   Walters Art Museum in Baltimore
         

- Egyptian Collection at the Metropolitan Museum
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