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New Cleopatra Exhibition to Make World Premiere at Franklin Institute

Sphinx (Ptolemy XII), Alexandria, 1st century BCE, Granodiorite, H. 2.3 ft / L. 4.9 ft. © Franck Goddio/Hilti Foundation, Photo: Jerome Delafosse.

PHILADELPHIA, PA.- The world of Cleopatra, which has
been lost to the sea and sand for nearly 2,000 years, will surface in a new
exhibition, “Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt,” making its
world premiere in June 2010 at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia.

Organized by National Geographic and Arts and Exhibitions International, with
cooperation from the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities and the European
Institute for Underwater Archaeology (IEASM), the exhibition will feature more
than 250 artifacts, and take visitors inside the present-day search for
Cleopatra, which extends from the sands of Egypt to the depths of the Bay of
Aboukir near Alexandria. On view 5 June through 2 January,