Media advisory: Art Museum will extend hours for final week of ‘Sunken Cities’ exhibition

By | August 27, 2018

ST. LOUIS, Aug. 27, 2018—With just two weeks left to see its blockbuster exhibition of ancient Egyptian artifacts, the Saint Louis Art Museum announced today it will be open on Labor Day and offer extended hours on two days during the final week of “Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds.”

The museum typically is closed on Mondays, but it will be open for Labor Day on Sept. 3 from 10 am to 5 pm. In addition, “Sunken Cities” will remain open after the museum’s permanent-collection galleries close on Wednesday, Sept. 5 and Saturday, Sept. 8. On those days, the last entry into the exhibition will be at 8 pm.

The museum strongly recommends buying tickets in advance as “Sunken Cities” has been attracting sold-out crowds.

(For more information—including exhibition images, underwater video footage, background on the excavation, and an exhibition checklist—visit the online press kit.)

Museum officials initially set a goal of 100,000 visitors for the North American premiere of “Sunken Cities.” Attendance topped that number on July 6, and “Sunken Cities” has proven one of the best-attended exhibitions in the museum’s history.

“Sunken Cities” focuses on discoveries made during the last seven years of underwater excavation lead by Franck Goddio, president of the European Institute for Underwater Archaeology. In 2000, Goddio discovered the lost city of Thonis-Heracleion under 30 feet of water more than four miles off the Egyptian coast. The French archeologist’s research has revealed that this area was important both as a center of trade and as a site of religious pilgrimage.

In addition to works of art discovered by Goddio’s team, “Sunken Cities” also includes complementary artifacts from museums in Cairo and Alexandria, some of which never have been shown outside of Egypt.

The exhibition previously has been shown at the Museum Rietberg in Zurich, the British Museum in London and the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris. The exhibition next travels to the Minneapolis Institute of Art, where it opens on Nov. 4.

St. Louis Magazine called the exhibition “a blockbuster show that’s scientific, smart, and magical” and the St. Louis American described it as “miraculous.” Noting the presence of many Egyptian government officials at the opening, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch noted the exhibition is “even big for Egypt.” From Midwest Living to the Wall Street Journal, national press have offered similar praise.

CONTACT: Matthew Hathaway, 314.655.5493, matthew.hathaway@slam.org