Yesterday, 23rd May, brought the premiere in Los Angeles of ‘Cleopatra: The Exhibition’ at the California Science Centre, where it will run through to 31st December 2012. ‘Mysteries of Egypt’, an Imax film starring Omar Sharif, will run concurrently with the exhibition at the venue.
The exhibition of ancient artifacts from the Cleopatra era (she became queen of Egypt in 51 B.C.) features the largest collection of its kind ever assembled in the USA, with more than 150 priceless Egyptian artifacts illuminating the life of Cleoptara VII. The items include colossal statues, jewellery, coins and items from her sunken palace in Alexandria and other ancient sites that were significant during her life as queen.
The multimedia exhibits tell the story of her life and of the world around her at that time period. A complementary audio tour gives guests a multisensory experience.
The artifacts were discovered in the sand and in the waters of the Bay of Aboukir, off the coast of Alexandria, Egypt, where the ancient sunken cities of Canopus and Heracleion were found. The treasures weigh in at about 30 tons in total, including two 16-foot granite statues of a Ptolemaic king and queen.