Cleopatra: The Exhibition (Los Angeles)

Don’t miss the only West Coast appearance of Cleopatra:  The Exhibition at the California Science Center.  It opened on May 23, 2012.   This dramatically staged 13,000-square-foot exhibit features the largest collection of Cleopatra-era artifacts from Egypt ever assembled in the U.S.   Here for a limited time only.  From the producers of the King Tut exhibition.

The timeless legend of Cleopatra has captivated the world for centuries. She has been immortalized by Renaissance artists, had numerous plays and books written about her and in modern times has been glamorized on the silver screen. Yet we only know a fragment of her real story.

Cleopatra VII became the queen of Egypt in 51 B.C.  At the tender age of seventeen she was thrust into power over a country on the verge of crumbling under the mighty Roman Empire.  She charmed and seduced two of ancient Rome’s most powerful leaders, Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, and bore children with both of them.

Then, barely two decades after coming to power she took her own life. Still, the full story of Cleopatra’s enigmatic life has yet to be solved. Who was Cleopatra? What, and whom, did she hold dear? Was she truly an exotic beauty? In Cleopatra: The Exhibition, we are now one step closer to unraveling her story.

Come discover more than 150 priceless Egyptian artifacts that had been swallowed by the sand and sea after a series of earthquakes and tsunamis nearly 2,000 years ago.  Unearthed by two of the world’s leading archaeologists Franck Goddio and Zahi Hawass, the exhibition features colossal statues, jewelry, and coins from Cleopatra’s lost palace in Alexandria, and reveals the excavation process involved in recovering these hidden treasures.  Walk among towering monuments and glittering jewels that may have been part of the queen’s daily life.  Learn how these Egyptian relics reveal mysteries of this past era.  A complimentary audio tour, told in her voice, provides compelling insights into Cleopatra’s time.

Immerse yourself in this amazing world that has been shrouded by layers of history, and join in the never ending search to unlock the myth of Cleopatra, the last queen of Egypt.   Tickets are $15.50/adult and $10/child.

Click here to purchase tickets directly from the musuem http://www.californiasciencecenter.org/Exhibits/SpecialExhibits/Cleopatra/Cleopatra.php

Or click here to meet up with home schoolers attending on Wednesday, June 13th from 10am-3pm:  https://www.hssegue.com/postings/events/3302-cleopatra-the-exhibition.html

The California Science Center is located in historic Exposition Park, just two blocks west of the Harbor (110) Freeway at the Exposition Boulevard exit.   Admission to the Science Center’s permanent exhibition galleries is FREE and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m..  Parking is $10 for cars.

California Science Center
700 Exposition Park Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037
(323) 724-3623
http://www.californiasciencecenter.org

The best times to visit are on weekends or on weekday afternoons after 1:30 p.m.

For public transit users:
Metro’s Expo Line conveniently stops at the Science Center starting   Spring 2012.

Here is a street-view map of Exposition Park:  http://www.californiasciencecenter.org/GenInfo/PlanningYourVisit/Directions/Directions.php

Addition Resources

Unwrapping the Pharaohs [90-minute DVD 2006]
http://www.answersingenesis.org/kids/videos
This one of many FREE videos at Answers in Genesis.

Unwrapping the Pharaohs [book and 90-minute DVD 2006]
How Egyptian Archaeology Confirms the Biblical Timeline
http://www.answersingenesis.org/PublicStore/product/Unwrapping-the-Pharaohs,4581,224.aspx
Secular textbooks and videos challenge the faith of students and discredit the biblical account of Exodus. Those who wish to defend the accuracy of the Bible now have an incredible tool in this exciting book that provides compelling confirmation of the biblical account.   This book is for ages 12+.   I highly recommend this book.

Egyptian Kings (Pharaohs), Governors and other Rulers [28 August 2011]
http://www.touregypt.net/kings.htm
This list is massive.  Scroll down to the Ptolemaic Dynasty under the GRECO-ROMAN PERIOD (332 B.C. – 395 A.D.) to find
Cleopatra.

Egyptian History and the Biblical Record: a perfect match? by Daniel Anderson [23 January 2007]
http://creation.com/egyptian-history-and-the-biblical-record-a-perfect-match

My search for “Cleopatra” found 297 titles in Inland Library Network.   The following are the ones I am currently interested in. Please note, the truth is Cleopatra was ruthless and desperate.  Some of the videos I am interested in are too graphic.   For situations like this I check out other Christian parent’s reviews or review myself to note where scene-skipping should happen.   Sometimes it is worth viewing just a few snippets of a movie to give a feel for the time in which that person lived.

Cleopatra: the search for the last queen of Egypt by Zahi Hawass and Franck Goddio [2010]
Secrets unfold in the official companion book to the new national touring exhibition cosponsored by National Geographic.  This richly illustrated book chronicles the life of Cleopatra and the centuries-long quest to learn more about the queen and her tumultuous era.

Ancients Behaving Badly [376 minute DVD 2010]
A fresh look at some of the world’s most fascinating, iconic, and truly ruthless leaders, how they came to power and stayed in power, how they treated their subjects, friends and family, demonstrated battlefield leadership and achieved transformations at home.  Ancients highlighted are Caligula, Attila the Hun, Julius Caesar, Alexander the Great, Nero, Hannibal, Genghis Khan and Cleopatra.

Great Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt by Bob Brier [book and 360 minute-DVD 2004]
Twelve lectures that focus on the fascinating leaders of ancient Egypt.  By recounting the lives and accomplishments of the great ones of Egypt, the history of Egypt spreading over 30 centuries from King Narmer to Cleopatra: the last pharaoh.

Cleopatra [246 minute DVD 1992]
Performed by Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and Rex Harrison, then compare it to the real Cleopatra.  I am not expecting historical accuracy.  It will be fun to compare this to what historians say.

Cecil B. DeMille’s Cleopatra [112 min DVD 2009]
Performed by Claudette Colbert, Warren William, Henry Wilcoxon, Ian Keith, Joseph Schildkraut, C. Aubrey Smith, and Gertrude Michael.  It will be fun to compare this to what historians say.

The royal diaries [80 minute DVD 2008]
A look at what life might have been like for royal teens of the past, mixing storytelling with historical facts. Includes Cleopatra VII, daughter of the Nile ; Isabel, jewel of Castilla, Spain; and Elizabeth I, red rose of the House of Tudor, England.

Rome. The complete second season / HBO Entertainment [600 minute DVD 2007]
In the year 44 B.C., Julius Caesar has been assassinated and civil war threatens to destroy the Republic. In the void left by Caesar’s demise, egos clash and numerous players jockey for position. The brutally ambitious Mark Antony attempts to solidify his power, aligning himself with Atia, but coming to blows with her cunning son Octavian, who has been anointed in Caesar’s will as his only son and heir. Meanwhile, Titus Pullo attempts to pull his friend Lucius Vorenus out of the darkness that has engulfed his soul in the wake of personal tragedy.  Rated for mature audience, which means there will be A LOT of scene skipping in my household!

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