Ancient Egypt

Ancient Egypt has been a source of wonder and amazement for millennia. Even the ancient Greeks were fascinated by the ancient Egyptians. Have you ever considered traveling through time to experience the wonders for yourself? Your ancient Egyptian experience is but a subway ride away.

Choose your adventure below!


An Egyptian Obelisk in Central Park

Obelisks were tall, stone monuments that were built and placed in public places at the order of the pharaoh. Obelisks were carved with hieroglyphics telling ancient Egyptian stories and history. As you observe the ancient Egyptian obelisk known as Cleopatra’s needle, what hieroglyphics catch your eye? Choose one to sketch in detail.  Imagine yourself on the banks of the Nile River in c. 1450 BCE. Would you see any animals on the obelisk? Imagine that animal near the Nile. Describe the scene as if you were on the banks of the Nile. Share your adventure on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter with #timetravelkidsNYC

After visiting Cleopatra’s needle, head to the ancient playground in Central Park or continue your tour of ancient Egypt in the Met.

Dare you enter the Brooklyn Museum

This cartonnage of a mummy is the innermost case.  It is decorated with stories from the Book of the Dead.  A case like this may have been placed within a sarcophagus, an ancient Egyptian coffin. In the Brooklyn Museum you will find a variety of ancient Egyptian artifacts that will transport you back in time, many of which relate to death.  Look for evidence of the Egyptian journey into the afterlife. Beginning with this cartonnage, could you find and sketch the ram-headed falcon, symbolizing the sun god’s nightly journey to the land of the dead? As you travel through the museum, look for other places where this symbol appears. Don’t forget to find some canopic jars, an Egyptian needs their organs in the afterlife!  

Strike a pose: Walk like an Egyptian. Find a figure to imitate.

After exploring ancient Egypt at the Brooklyn Museum, enjoy the nature of the present at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens.



Through these doors you will enter The Metropolitan Museum of Art

First you must enter the Metropolitan Museum of Art, then you may walk through the doors of an actual Egyptian temple. The Temple of Dendur was given to the United States as a gift for helping move it, as well as other landmarks, out of harm's way as a result of the Aswan High Dam. Take a look around. What features recreate the sense that the temple sat along the Nile River? Sketch the temple. What details would you add to the room to help simulate the experience of entering the temple along the Nile? Don’t forget to explore other aspects of ancient Egypt while on your journey at the Met.  

After visiting the Met, continue your tour of ancient Egypt in Central Park: visit Cleopatra’s needle or head to the ancient playground.

Share your adventures on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter with #timetravelkidsNYC.