Los Angeles – With more than 150 Egyptian artifacts, "Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt", makes its west coast premiere at the California Science Center on May 23rd. This exhibit features the largest collection of its kind ever assembled in the United States, including statues, coins and jewelry. Also featured are items from her sunken palace in Alexandria and other ancient sites.
The exhibit spotlights the life of Cleopatra VII, last pharaoh of Ancient Egypt and a queen whose reign is shrouded in stories of romance, mystery and brutality. The story of her life and time are told with high definition multimedia and original soundscapes, including a complimentary audio tour provided to each guest. The galleries also feature artifacts found in two ongoing expeditions led by Franck Goddio, French underwater archaeologist and director of European Institute for Underwater Archaeology (IEASM) and by Zahi Hawass, former Minister of State for Antiquities of Egypt, with Kathleen Martinez, who is searching for Cleopatra’s tomb in the desert at Taposiris Magna.
Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt is organized by National Geographic and Arts & Exhibitions International, a division of AEG Live, with cooperation from the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities and the IEASM.
To enhance the guest experience during the run of “Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt,” the Science Center IMAX Theater will be featuring “Mysteries of Egypt.” Produced by National Geographic, the film which stars actor Omar Shariff transports audiences to a distant time and place with spectacular imagery and a compelling story.
“Cleopatra’s story of love, power, glamour and tragedy has intrigued us for centuries and has fueled archeologists to continue searching for greater understanding,” said John Norman, president of Arts and Exhibitions International. “Visitors to this exhibition will gain insight into her life by discovering objects from Cleopatra’s world, even as efforts continue today to piece together new insights into the life of one of history’s most remarkable leaders.”
For more information visit www.californiasciencecenter.org.