CAIRO – 29 November 2022: A delegation from the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities headed to the French capital to inspect La Grande Halle de La Villette (La Villette Grand Hall), which is scheduled to host the temporary antiquities exhibition “Ramses and the Gold of the Pharaohs.”
Headed by Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri and Assistant Minister for the Affairs of the Minister’s Office Ahmed Obaid, the delegation aims to monitor the progress of the work in the hall, and ensure its readiness to receive the exhibition in its third stop after the De Young Museum in the city of San Francisco, USA.
The delegation met with the general manager of the hall, and representatives of the organizing company, where they reviewed all the equipment, the applied insurance and precautionary measures, and the safety and civil protection means to ensure the safety of the artifacts and the success of the exhibition in an optimal manner befitting its archaeological importance.
Waziri stated that the exhibition is scheduled to launch in Paris in April 2023, and will run for 6 months, pointing out that the La Grande Halle de La Villette had witnessed the success of the “Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh” exhibition, which was held from March to September 2019, and received nearly one 1.4 million visitors, breaking the record in the history of organizing cultural events in France.
For his part, Professor Ahmed Obaid indicated that the exhibition "Ramses and the Gold of the Pharaohs" opened its first station in November 2021 at the Houston Museum of Natural Sciences, then moved to its second station at the De Young Museum in San Francisco, USA, pointing out that the exhibition includes 181 artifacts from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir, dating back to the era of King Ramses II and some artifacts from the discoveries of the Egyptian mission in the Bubasteum area in Saqqara.
The exhibition also presents a group of videos that tell the history of King Ramses II and the war battles he led, as well as virtual visits that take visitors on a journey through history with King Ramses II and his rich life.