The museum is undergoing a multi-million pound transformation which is set to make the town an international tourist attraction, drawing in crowds from around the world to see one of the most significant Egyptology collections.
Conceptual designs for the Eternal Egypt gallery have now been drawn up by Huddersfield-based exhibition designers Leach Studio.
As visitors enter the exhibition, they look set to be welcomed into the area called the Rotunda, which will set the scene and explain why Bolton Museum has such an extensive Egyptology collection. A section named Land and People has also been proposed which will be devoted to artefacts showing the everyday life of Egyptians.
The Eternal Egypt experience could then see visitors go through to the darkened Beliefs section — focusing on death and the afterlife — before leading to the museum’s facsimile tomb of Thutmose III.
The tomb is a full size reproduction of the Pharaoh’s burial chamber and will be the jewel in the crown of the exhibition.
Finally, the Reflections area could offer visitors the chance to reflect on why Boltonians are similar to Ancient Egyptians, looking at the similarities between the two groups many hundreds of years apart.
The focus will be on subjects like the environment and beauty, and feature an interactive mummy as centrepiece.
More detailed concepts will then be drawn up early next year and final designs submitted in the spring, with the museum re-opening to the public in 2018.
Find out more about Bolton Museum's Egyptology collection on their website!