The blockbuster touring exhibition with over 180 objects from Egypt, Ramses & the Gold of the Pharaohs, is currently at the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, until 12 February 2023. From there it heads to Europe, and La Villette cultural park in Paris. The temporary exhibition opens 7 April and runs until 6 September 2023 (a link for booking tickets through the official vendor is included below).

The information on this page was last checked and/or updated on 26 January 2023

The face of Ramses II from one of his many colossal statues.

The well known face of Ramses from one of his many colossal statues.

A multisensory exhibition showcasing 181 objects will explore the life and accomplishments of Ramses II. Many of these artefacts have never before been seen outside of Egypt. Also known as Ramses the Great, he was one of the most prolific builders ancient Egypt. Responsible for the extraordinary temples at Abu Simbel in the south to the Ramesseum to the north in Luxor. Ramses left his mark on buildings across Egypt and Nubia like no other Egyptian monarch.

Besides exceptional artefacts representing the king himself, there are also sarcophagi, animal mummies, jewellery, royal masks, amulets, and exquisite golden treasures from the tomb of Ramses. This collection of extraordinary objects is a testament to the workmanship of ancient Egyptian craftspeople. An integral part of the exhibition is a virtual reality trip to ancient Egypt.

Known Dates for the Pharaohs’ Gold Exhibition

  • 20 August 2022 to 12 February 2023 de Young Memorial Museum in San Francisco, California.
  • 7 April 2023 to 6 September 2023: La Villette Cultural Park, Paris
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    The timing for the itinerary of exhibition at all the five venues has not been released. As soon as more details become available, we will update this page.

    Buy Tickets Online for Ramses Gold Exhibition in Paris

    It is already possible to book tickts in advance for the Ramses exhibition in Paris. Given how popular exhibitions on ancient Egypt and the Pharoahs are, it would be advisable to book sooner rather than later. There are three options available:
    ➤ Dated Ticket, with a specific date (from €20)
    ➤ Open Ticket, the date is not specified and valid for the month you choose (from €32)
    ➤ Guided Tour (from €34)

    When reserving your entry, you can add the following:
    ➤ Audioguide, available in French, English and Spanish, €7 extra
    ➤ Catalogue €50 extra
    ➤ Virtual Reality Experience (VR Headset) €15 extra

    Click here for Further Details and to Book Online via the Official Ticket Vendor, Ticketmaster

    All Pharaohs’ Gold Exhibition Venues

    Besides the length of the tour, from November 2021 to January 2025, and the names of the five venues the exhibition will be hosted in, the exact dates of the exhibition at all venues has not been released.

    The two European venues are:

  • La Villette in Paris, France: 7 April – 6 September 2023
  • London Exhibition Hall in London, England, dates to be confirmed
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    The three American venues are:
     

  • Houston Museum of Natural Sciences in Houston, Texas: 20 November 2021 to 23 May 2022
  • de Young Memorial Museum in San Francisco, California: 20 August 2022 to 12 February 2023
  • Castle Hall in Boston, Massachusetts, dates to be confirmed
  • Exhibition Theme: Pharaonic Gold

    Ancient Egyptians believed that by using gold a person would become immortal. Hence the presence of gold artefacts in grave goods. Only the wealthy could afford the precious metal, particularly the Pharaoh. Especially well known in this regard is the collection of grave goods from Tutankhamun’s tomb.

    Although a list of artefacts to be included in the exhibition has not yet been released, it is thought that the collection will include the oldest known statue of Khafre made of pure gold. Khafre reigned during the 4th dynasty of the Old Kingdom, a period of peace and prosperity. A few photographs have been published in this article in the CultureMap Houston.

    A similar exhibition was recently held at the Weltkulturerbe Völklinger Hütte, in Germany. Closed in April 2020, Pharaoh’s Gold: 3,000 Years of Ancient Egypt showcased a number of Pharaonic gold artefacts from museums in Germany and Austria.

    A gold pendant and chain with a carved figure of Amenhotep III.

    One of the many gold artefacts recovered from Tutankhamun’s tomb: the squatting figure represents Amenhotep III. Worn by Tutankhamun, the protective pendant was believed to assist the king on his journey into the afterlife. This artefact was included in the Tutankhamun’s Treasures touring exhibition.