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Friends of the museum and patrons

Association for the promotion of the Egyptian Museum of the University Bonn e.V.


Function and Goals

Our association was founded in September 1997 under our old name “Friends and Sponsors of the Bonn collection of Aeyptiaca e.V.”.  Today, its members are numerous friends of Egypt’s, as well as students and academics from different disciplines.  The main function of the association consists of the financial and innovative support and the sponsorship of the Egyptian Museum.  This consists of, for example, the taking over of costs for restoration, the acquisition of new pieces, or other assistance.   Beyond that, public relations are an important interest of the association.  In order to awake the interest in Ancient Egypt and thus to promote the Bonn Museum, regular lectures about different themes of Ancient Egypt culture, which can naturally be attended by the members free of charge, are organized.  During the following reception, one always has the opportunity to talk to the lecturer.  Excursions and visits to other exhibits and museums are also organized.  The admission to the Egyptian Museum of the University Bonn is for members and a accompanying adult is free.


Association for the sponsorship of the Egyptian Museum of the University Bonn e.V.c/o
Institute for Anthropology and Archaeology
Faculty of Egyptology
Regina-Pacis-Weg 7
53113 Bonn

Mr. Horst Creutz (1. Chairman)
Telephone: 0228 – 739717 (during the opening hours of the museum)
Fax: 0228 – 737360
E-mail: info(at)verein-ä
Closer Information about membership and events can be found under: www.verein-ä


We would like to thank the following collectors for loans and donations:
Antique collections of Ursula and Karl-Heinz Preuß (Link)
Collection Gahl-Schoeller
Collection Müller-Feldmann
Collection Blasius
Collection Rosch
Collection Schelling-Karrer
Collection W.
Collection Eggemann
Collection Naunert
Collection Rohwedder
Collection Kuhs
Museum der niederrheinischen Seele Grevenbroich (Collection Schwalm)


On November 7th, 2012, a treasure enriched the Egyptian Museum of the University Bonn.  On this day, Ms. Ingrid Gahl-Schoeller from Koblenz officially handed over a collection of over 180 ancient Egyptian objects to the museum.  The collection was gathered by the great uncle of the donator/benefactor and was, since then, family property.  Charles Schoeller (1856-1916) was a very active merchant, who worked in China, India, and Egypt.  He lived in Alexandria for a long time, where he was enthralled by antiquities.  Over the years he then acquired a considerable collection of mostly small objects, which are dated from the pharaonic period to the Coptic-christen period.  The pieces with a particular value are the ones that are related to Alexandria and its greek-egyptian mixed culture.  The level of importance of this pieces is even more stressed through the fact that the Bonn Egyptian Museum hardly had any pieces from this period up until now.

In this collection one can find miniature busts of Alexandria’s main gods Serapis and Isis, the portrait head of a Ptolemaic king, and a depiction of the goddess Isis with the Horus child, which already foreshadows the image of Maria with the child.

Next to these objects, which are alone already a meaningful and important enrichment to the museum, the donator, in what is seen as a fortunate circumstance, decided to hand the original collection cabinet over to the museum.

In this baroque glass cabinet with a hand-painted starry sky, the objects can be displayed as they were nearly 100 years ago during the lifetime of the owner.  The collection Gahl-Schoeller, displayed in its original context, is a valuable and welcome addition to the “Museum of Collections”, which is being assembled in the Institute for Egyptology of the University.  Through the donation from private collections that are shown in the original context, it can be demonstrated which role the preoccupation with the ancient Egyptian culture has played over the last 100 years in the Rhineland.

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