The mummy, 1999


Stephen Sommers


visit the film locations


Marrakech: Flights: Marrakech Menara Airport

Morocco Tourism


Visit: Chatham Historic Dockyard (tel: 01634.823800) (rail: Chatham, from London Victoria)


Mentmore Towers, which provides the interior of the ‘Cairo’ museum became the exterior of the O’Connell house in sequel The Mummy Returns

The Mummy location: Mentmore Towers, Mentmore, Buckinghamshire

The Mummy location: the interior of the ‘Museum of Antiquities in Cairo’: Mentmore Towers, Mentmore, Buckinghamshire

Photograph: wikimedia / Swanker

The splurgy horror comedy revamp of the classic legend is a little too knee-deep in CGI effects, but went on to be enormously successful.

It’s set, naturally, in ‘Egypt’, but was filmed mainly in Morocco. ‘Cairo’ of 1925 is Marrakech, and the lost city of ‘Hamunaptra’ was a vast set built at an old fort inside a dormant volcano crater near Erfoud, in the southeast of the country. It’s not all quite so exotic, though.

While the exterior of the ‘Museum of Antiquities in Cairo’ is in Marrakech, its interior is that of Mentmore Towers in the village of Mentmore, Buckinghamshire. Built in the 1850s for the Rothschild family, the house is seen also in Terry Gilliam’s Brazil, and its exterior in Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut, and most famously as ‘Wayne Manor’ in Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins. It’s been empty for many years, and not open to the public.

The port of ‘Giza’, where the party boards the Nile ship, is another large set, this time built at Chatham Historic Dockyard, Chatham, about 35 miles southeast of London, in Kent. More recently, the Dockyard provided the ‘French’ streets for Les Misťrablesand ‘Pentonville Prison’ for Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes.

After the ship goes down in flames, they come ashore at Frensham Ponds, another much-used location, on the A287 about five miles south of Farnham in Surrey.


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