Tag Archives: Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds

Media advisory: Museum will be open on Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day

ST. LOUIS, May 22, 2018—The Saint Louis Art Museum usually is closed on Mondays, but it will be open from 10 am to 5 pm on Memorial Day (May 28) and Labor Day (Sept. 3). The museum also will be open on the Fourth of July. Tickets are available on all three holidays for “Sunken… Read More »

Press kit: ‘Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds’

The Saint Louis Art Museum will present “Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds,” an exhibition showcasing antiquities from one of the greatest finds in the history of underwater archaeology. The North American premiere of “Sunken Cities” will be the most significant exhibition of ancient Egyptian art undertaken in St. Louis in more than 50 years. Featuring… Read More »

‘Sunken Cities’ background: international coverage

“Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds” was praised by crowds and critics when it was on view at the British Museum in 2016. The exhibition similarly wowed the European press when it was presented under a different title at the Rietberg Museum in Zurich and Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris. Archaeologist Franck Goddio’s discoveries were… Read More »

‘Sunken Cities’ background: discovery and excavation

With a unique survey-based approach that utilizes the most sophisticated technical equipment, Franck Goddio and his team, in cooperation with the Egyptian Ministry for Antiquities, were able to locate, map and excavate parts of the city of Thonis-Heracleion, which lies about four miles off today’s coastline. The city is located within an overall research area… Read More »

‘Sunken Cities’ background: Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus

More than 1,200 years ago, two cities on Egypt’s north coast disappeared into the Mediterranean Sea. They were victims of different natural catastrophes, like the rising of the sea level and seismic disruption, which triggered tidal waves. Over the coming centuries, these cities were largely forgotten.  Ancient accounts told of the cities’ splendor and magnificence,… Read More »

‘Sunken Cities’ background: The Mysteries of Osiris

Franck Goddio’s discoveries helped scholars understand the Mysteries of Osiris, an annual water celebration along the canals between Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus commemorating one of Egypt’s most important myths—the murder and resurrection of the god Osiris. Many of the Mysteries were conducted in secret by specially consecrated priests, and we know of them now only through… Read More »

Press release: ‘Sunken Cities’ will take visitors on deep dive into Egyptian art

  ST. LOUIS, Nov. 20—The Saint Louis Art Museum will present “Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds,” an exhibition showcasing antiquities from one of the greatest finds in the history of underwater archaeology. The North American premiere of “Sunken Cities” will be the most significant exhibition of ancient Egyptian art undertaken in St. Louis in more… Read More »

‘Sunken Cities’ background: Franck Goddio bio

“Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds” focuses on the discoveries of Franck Goddio, a pioneer of modern maritime archaeology. Goddio will discuss his work in the lecture “The Osiris Mysteries in Egypt’s Sunken Cities” in the museum’s Farrell Auditorium on Friday, March 23 at 11 am and on Sunday, March 25, at 2 pm. The lecture… Read More »