BEING CLEOPATRA: My visit to the Cleopatra exhibit in Los Angeles

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

My visit to the Cleopatra exhibit in Los Angeles

I was excited to finally see the much anticipated Cleopatra exhibit! Here are some photos of my recent visit to Cleopatra: The Exhibition (Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt) by National Geographic at the California Science Center in Los Angeles. I would also recommend seeing The Mysteries of Egypt at the museums IMAX theater.

The screen rises and Cleopatra: The Exhibiting begin
Cleopatra, herself, would have walked past these 16-foot-tall colossal figures of a Ptolemaic king and queen, on her way to the Temple of Amon at Heracleion
The god Sarapis was a Ptolemaic invention, a merging of Egyptian & Greek gods. His name blending the Egyptian & gods oSIRis & APIS, but his flowing hair & beard were Greek. By combining Greek & Egyptian religious figures, the Ptolemies gained the people's trust
Portrayals of Cleopatra in art through the ages
The immense wealth of the Egyptian pharaohs inspired awe & envy throughout the ancient world. As pharaoh, Cleopatra received a percentage of the assets of each of her subjects 
Sphinx (Ptolemy XII) - 1st c. B.C.
Two sphinxes stood guard outside the Temple of Isis at Cleopatra's palace. The head of this resembles Cleopatra's father, King Ptolemy XII, who was also known as Auletes, "the flute player"
WHAT: Cleopatra: The Exhibition
WHERE: California Science Center in Exposition Park, near Downtown Los Angeles
WHEN: May 23, 2012 - December 31, 2012
TICKETS: Prices with IMAX/without IMAX: General: $26/$19.75, Child (Age 4-12) $16.25/$12.75, Students/Seniors: $21.25/$16.75

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