Before I went away on vacation for a week, I had the wonderful opportunity to visit the Cleopatra Exhibit at Philadelphia's Franklin Institute with some members of the Philly Social Media Moms group. Thanks to Cecily for organizing it, and thanks to Kat Stein for being so welcoming and accommodating.
I still remember seeing the King Tut exhibit that was in Philadelphia when I was a young girl and what a big deal it was for the city. This is also a huge and important exhibit, with ground-breaking new discoveries and information and never-before-seen artifacts.
From their site:
The world of Cleopatra, which has been lost to the sea and sand for nearly 2,000 years, surfaces in this new exhibition, Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt, making its world premiere at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. Organized by National Geographic and Arts and Exhibitions International, with cooperation from the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities and the European Institute for Underwater Archaeology (IEASM), the exhibition features never before seen artifacts, and takes visitors inside the present-day search for Cleopatra, which extends from the sands of Egypt to the depths of the Bay of Aboukir near Alexandria.
The exhibit is vast and beautifully done. You begin with a short film about the new discoveries and the search for Cleopatra's tomb, and then the screen lifts up for you to enter by an Egyptian statue of a Ptolemaic queen, with lighting on the walls to create an underwater feel. I did not listen to the audio tour as I was trying to focus on taking photos as well as keep tabs on my daughter and husband, but I understand that it is very well done.
There are underwater photographs displayed on the walls of the very items we were looking at being recovered, which I thought was a really nice touch. There were two huge appropriately-named Colossus of Ptolemaic Kings made of granite from the Temple of Amon which were most impressive, especially when seeing the ropes and pully systems used to recover them out of the sea!
It was a gorgeous exhibit and I highly recommend getting there if you can as it is well worth your time. The exhibit runs through January 2nd, so you still have time!