Ancient Egypt Experience at Hands on History Museum

Tour the Egyptian Gallery at the Hands on History Museum and discover what King Tutankhamun took to the afterlife.

Location

Hands on History Museum
South Church Side
Hull
HU1 1RR

Key stages

KS2

Cross-curricular links

History, Design and Technology, Art and Design, Science

Session length

2 hours

Standard / non-member rates

For groups of 15 or more children
2-hour experience – £7.38 per child

For groups of fewer than 15 children
2-hour experience – £110.70 per group

Magical Museums member rates

For groups of 15 or more children
2-hour experience – £4.16 per child*

For groups of fewer than 15 children
2-hour experience – £62.40 per group

*If available, your member school's free hours will be used first.

Please note: SEND groups are charged at our Standard per-child rate plus a £10 administration cost.

What to expect from your Experience Day

Get up close with fascinating replica objects from Tutankhamun's tomb and  learn more about the discovery. Commissioned for the British Empire Exhibition of 1924, these incredible replicas are of funerary items found in the Antechamber. Highlights include a throne, a guardian of the tomb and a full-size mannequin of Tutankhamun himself! It’s the nearest you can get to the real thing without taking a trip to Egypt!

Pupils will learn the art of Egyptology with an object handling session and develop their understanding of the mummification process. The session ends with pupils uncovering the secrets of Ancient Egyptian scribes and the language of hieroglyphics.

The led session includes:

  • Introduction to the Hands on History Museum and setting the scene about the historical period.
  • Undertaking a tour of the Egyptian Gallery in the Hands on History Museum and learning more about the replicas of Tutankhamun’s tomb, and seeing a real mummy.
  • Handling replica objects linked to aspects of Ancient Egyptian life.
  • Learning the process of mummification through an interactive demonstration.
  • Learning about Ancient Egyptian writing and having a go at writing in hieroglyphics. 
  • Plenary and evaluation

Group size

We can accommodate up to two groups from your school per available date – with a maximum of 35 pupils per group. If you’d like to bring more than two groups (70 pupils), please book additional days.

Timings

We deliver sessions from 10am–12pm for the first group, and 12.30–2.30pm for the second group. If you’re bringing two groups to/from the museum at the same time, we strongly recommend you book in self-directed time (you can find out more about this below!). 

Please note: Hands on History Museum closed to the public, so we can only support one group at a time. If you're bringing two groups, your second group will be booked into the Hull and East Riding Museum of Archaeology (approximately 10-minute walk away) for any self-directed time.

Make a full day of your visit

When making your booking through Eventbrite, you’ll be asked if you want to book a space for lunch and self-directed time, too.

Self-directed time is essentially a booking to explore the museum in a large group. You need to book it in so we know we can accommodate your class alongside other visitors. It does not include any activities led by museum staff – so please plan your time accordingly.

Please note: Hands on History Museum is closed to the public, so we can only support one group at a time. If you're bringing two groups, your second group will be booked into the Hull and East Riding Museum of Archaeology (approximately 10-minute walk away) for any self-directed time.

Lunches
If you’re bringing one group, they will stay on site at the Hands on History Museum to eat lunch before departing. If you’re bringing two groups, lunches will be staggered at the Hull and East Riding Museum of Archaeology.

Pre-visit info

To make the most of your visit, make sure you download and read the following documents. These include detailed information on what to expect from the day. For example: timings, locations, T&Cs and risk assessment.

A link for these will also be included on your confirmation email and ticket.

We also have the following resources and documents available to help with your visit planning if you are carrying out self-directed time at the Hull and East Riding Museum of Archaeology:

Book the Ancient Egypt Experience Day for your school

We are currently using Eventbrite for bookings while we move over to a new system. Any reference to FREE on the Eventbrite system relates only to not being charged at the point of booking. These sessions are NOT free – all schools will be invoiced following your visit based on the booking details you provide. Prices are listed above.

Summer Term 2024

Booking is now open for all schools to book for the Summer Term.

Autumn Term 2024

Bookings will open to Hull Schools that are part of the Magical Museums membership scheme in late Summer 1 Term and open to all other schools in Summer 2 term. 

Cancellation policy

If you need to cancel or change your booking, you can do this by logging into the Eventbrite account you used to make your booking.

Our cancellation policy states: If you accept this visit but are unable to attend, please cancel your visit via Eventbrite by logging into your account and cancelling your booked ticket. We ask that where possible, you do this within 7 working days of the visit to free up the slot for another school. 

Please note: if you cancel your visit with less than 24 hours’ notice of the booked slot, we may charge you for any administration costs incurred.