Austrian National Library: Papyrus Museum

The Universalkarte for the Austrian National Library gives you seven-day access to the State Hall, Papyrus Museum, Esperanto Museum, and Globe Museum.

Here are pictures I took at the Papyrus Museum in July. It is located on Heldenplatz and displays the most significant objects of Vienna’s papyrus collection, one of the largest collections of this kind in the world.

All objects originate from Egypt. It is thanks to the country’s dry climate that such fragile materials could survive till today.

The permanent exhibition of the museum includes 250 texts preserved on papyri and parchments (private letters, recipes, magic spells…), mummy masks, and tapestries. The texts are in Egyptian, Greek, Latin, Hebrew, and Arabic, mirroring the different civilizations that flourished in Egypt over the centuries.

The place is especially worth a visit if you cannot make it to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo!!

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