In Photos: Sydney Ramses and the Gold of the Pharaohs exhibit ends after record-breaking success

Nevine El-Aref , Saturday 25 May 2024

The Australian Museum in Sydney recently concluded its enormously successful run of the "Ramses and the Gold of the Pharaohs" exhibition, held from 17 November 2003 to 19 May 2024.

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“The exhibition, at its fourth international stop, was a significant triumph,” stated Mohamed Ismail Khaled, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA). He pointed out that the exhibition had attracted 500,000 visitors of all ages across Australia.

“The success of this exhibition reinforces the importance of temporary exhibitions abroad as cultural ambassadors for Egypt,” Khaled asserted. “These exhibitions promote Egyptian heritage and boost tourism, particularly cultural tourism,” he added.

Khaled announced that the exhibition's next stop will be Cologne, Germany. He added that the exhibition will begin receiving European visitors in July. 

The Australian Museum proudly announced on its Instagram account that it set a new attendance record by hosting the exhibition.

The exhibition featured 182 artefacts, including the notable sarcophagus of King Ramses II from the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization.

Other highlights included items from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir from Ramses II’s era, discoveries by the Egyptian expedition in Saqqara’s Bubasteion cemetery, and various pieces from Egyptian museums showcasing aspects of ancient civilization from the Middle Kingdom to the Late Period.

The collection comprised statues, jewellery, cosmetic tools, stelae, inscribed stone blocks, and colourful wooden coffins.

Since its inception in November 2021 in Houston, the exhibition has travelled to San Francisco in August 2022 and Paris in April 2023, before its Sydney showing.

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