Egyptian Museum: daily life of the ancient Egyptians
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Egyptian Museum

Sforza Castle

General information

Please note that, due to refurbishment, the Egyptian Museum will be closed from June 5th, 2017. Estimated reopening: June 2020.

The scrolls of pharaohs, elegant examples of writing on papyruses. Wood and stone tell us of the millennia-spanning Egyptian civilisation. Canopic vases sit beside work instruments and amulets. A mummy dating back to 650 B.C., funerary masks and, naturally, painted sarcophaguses bear witness to the importance of the cult of afterlife for the people of the Nile. And in addition small figures of deities such as the goddess Min-Ptah, Osiris, Isis Horo represented as a falcon, and Bastet in the guise of a cat. A short walk from the centre, the art, artefacts, and items from the everyday life of the ancient Egyptians have found their home in the Visconti rooms of the Sforza Castle. The collection grew out of the archaeological excavations that the archaeologist Achille Vogliano carried out in the region of Fayyum in the 1930s.


Don't miss

The statue of Amenemhat III (1842-1794 B.C.), a pharaoh of the 12th dynasty, the last great sovereign of the Middle Kingdom and founder of the temple dedicated to cobra-goddess Isis Thermuti, and the stele containing the Book of the Dead, a collection of religious texts whose purpose was to favour the meeting of the dead with the deities.

Useful details


  • A wheelchair user can independently access the museum entrance and visit all the exhibition rooms. The toilet facilities - equipped in compliance with regulations for persons with physical disabilities - can also be independently accessed.
  • Halls 9, 10-15-23, 24 are not accessible for wheelchair visitors.
  • Audio guides are available: press number 5 on the tactile keypad.
  • Music workshops are organized for visitors with cognitive impairment (La voci della città). Reservations are required by phone and /or email.
  • Free entry for disabled visitors.
  • The museum is equipped with an audible fire alarm system.


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      • Ticket information

        Please note that, due to refurbishment, the Egyptian Museum will be closed from June 5th, 2017. Estimated reopening: June 2019.

        € 5
        Reduced price: € 3
        This single ticket gives entry to all the Castello museums

        3 days ticket to the Civic Museums: € 12

        Free admission every first and third Tuesday of the month from 14:00 and every first Sunday of the month for the whole day

        Free admission: visitors up to the age of 18; high school students and accompanying teachers of school groups; tourist guides and tourist interpreters accompanying groups; disabled people and their carers; journalists; people with disabilities; scholars with special permission from the Museum management; officials of state and regional superintendencies; members of the ICOM.

        Admission with reduction: EU citizens between the ages of 18 and 25; University students and Fine Arts Academies; adults over 65 years

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