SF’s de Young museum is hosting the Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs exhibition, telling his story through stunning objects and immersive VR. The installation explores the life and accomplishments of Egyptian ruler Ramses II, known today as Ramses the Great, one of the most remarkable rulers in world history. This is the exhibit’s only West Coast stop on its international tour and will run from August 20th until February 12th, 2023.
Ramses the Great reigned from 1279-1213 BCE and is regarded as the mightiest and most celebrated pharaoh of the New Kingdom—Egypt’s Golden Age.
In addition to the physical objects from Ramses the Great’s life, the exhibit will use state-of-the-art multimedia displays and immersive VR experiences to demonstrate the opulence and power of ancient Egyptian civilization. Over 180 objects will be on display, many of which are newly discovered and had never previously left Egypt. This is a rare opportunity to see these ancient treasures in person.
The exhibit was made possible by a partnership with Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities and was curated by Zahi Hawass, a world-renowned Egyptologist and former Egyptian Minister of Antiquities.
“Ramses II is considered to be the greatest king ever to rule Egypt,” said Egypt’s Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Dr. Mostafa Waziri. “This exhibition will illuminate the pivotal moments that earned the great pharaoh his place in history while bringing visitors face-to-face with absolutely stunning Egyptian artifacts. Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs is one of the most remarkable exhibitions to ever tour the globe, and it is a true honor for it to visit the great city of San Francisco and the de Young museum.”
Immersive VR will take guests on a journey across the sands of the Sahara Dessert to two of Ramses’s most impressive monuments: Abu Simbel and Nefertari’s Tomb. The VR experiences require an additional fee to participate and include the use of VR headsets and cinematic-motion chairs that help bring ancient Egyptian civilization to life.
Featured image provided by World Heritage Exhibitions.