An upcoming exhibit in the de Young Museum in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park will highlight the life and achievements of Ramses II. It will feature rare gold as well as recent discoveries of animal mummies according to an announcement in the press.
Ramses the Great, who ruled Egypt between 1279 and 1213 B.C. and is now referred to as Ramses the Great, built the temple of Abu Simbel into solid rock. Historiographers believe he is the most likely person as the Pharaoh depicted in the Biblical tale of Moses.
The exhibit is open until August. 20 and runs until February. 12 2023. Tickets are available on this website at the time of purchase and are $35 for an adult single non-member of the museum on weekdays, or $40 for weekends. Seniors, youth and those who have valid student IDs can get discounted tickets.
The exhibition is the first dedicated to Ramses II to be presented in San Francisco. The exhibit will showcase “royal statues, sarcophagi, spectacular masks, magnificent jewelry, and ornate golden tomb treasures” which “reveal the fabulous wealth of the pharaohs, the astonishing skill of ancient Egyptian tomb builders, and the superb workmanship of Egyptian artists,”
According to a press release released by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
A virtual reality feature that tells the story of Ramses as well as one of his wife Nefertari is titled Ramses and Nefertari Journey to Osiris is available for viewing at an extra cost.
“The immersive VR experience includes cinematic-motion chairs that take visitors on a whirlwind tour of two of Ramses’s most impressive monuments, Abu Simbel and Nefertari’s Tomb,” according to the press announcement.
The mummies are of tiny felines, young lions, and mongooses, the press release says.
Renee Dreyfus, who is the George and Judy Marcus Distinguished Curator and Curator in Charge of Ancient Art at the Fine Arts Museums in San Francisco, is the organizer of the exhibit.
“I always thought an exhibition about Ramses the Great would make a fascinating introduction to his life and times,” Dreyfus said. “When I heard that the well-known Egyptologist Zahi Hadas was planning one I jumped at the opportunity to bring it into San Francisco. It is also because of Dr. Hawass that they endorsed the many extraordinary and rare work for travel.”
“It is a pleasure to host these dazzling objects on the West Coast – many newly discovered and having never left Egypt before – that demonstrate the opulence and power of ancient Egyptian civilization,” Dreyfus explained. “Since Egypt is currently reorganizing the display of their ancient treasures across the country, when the objects are returned to Egypt it is likely that they will remain for a long time. This is truly an once in a lifetime opportunity.”
KRON4 spoke to Zahi Hawass, former Egyptian minister of antiquities. He claimed that he’s working to dig Ramses’s tomb within the Valley of the Kings.
“It was damaged by flood, so now we’re working on excavating the tomb,” Hawass explained.
Hawass claimed that Ramses Mummy is at The Egyptian Museum located in Cairo and that “it can’t be moved.” He added that among the artifacts displayed that are in the exhibit “most are mainly related to Ramses II or people under Ramses II.”