Cleopatra: The Exhibition at the California Science Center

Jocelyn Murray July 8, 2012 No Comments


Cleopatra was Queen of Egypt in 51 B.C.

Imagine a life of exquisite opulence. One that donned the finest of everything, from sumptuous feasting with an endless flow of the best wine served in plates and goblets of gold, to the most luxurious silks and fabrics, to glittering jewels and artifacts that adorned the body and palace. A life of unbridled pleasure where music and merry-making blended with the intrigues of power and the ruling of an empire bent on worshiping their kings as gods. Such was the life of Cleopatra VII: Queen of Egypt in 51 B.C.

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Jewels fit for a queen in radiant gold encrusted with gemstones have withstood the test of time

The mystery surrounding this legendary queen has only served to enhance her appeal over time. She was a woman of tremendous passion, ambition and intelligence. A queen who brought the Roman leaders Julius Caesar and Mark Antony to their knees, seduced by her charms and cunning. A ruler whose ways were criticized by the Romans – themselves given to a life of decadence and debauchery.

Cleopatra has been immortalized by artists, in books, and in Hollywood where myths and mysteries have been explored, depicted, debated and displayed time and again.


Special Exhibit at the California Science Center

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Standing over 16 feet tall, these towering statues have a aura of power and mystery

Open to the public now through December 31, 2012, the California Science Center in Los Angeles is showcasing Cleopatra: The Exhibition. This 13,000-square-foot exhibit features a wonderful assortment of artifacts, gold, jewels, coins, statues and other objects that have withstood the test of time. Many of these relics were discovered buried in the sand and sea, and can now be viewed up close. The exhibition also features a complimentary audio tour of Cleopatra and her life that awakens the imagination with its fascinating narration of the woman who lived like a goddess.


A carved sphinx continues to gaze at onlookers as he did thousands of years ago

This is an excellent opportunity for adults and school-aged children to glimpse the objects of an ancient ruler who remains forever an object of fascination herself.  See sphinxes and other statues of many sizes carved from granite, bronze or other metals in their graceful enduring poses. Marvel at the many coins, rings, bracelets, earrings, necklaces and other jewels fashioned in intricate gold and gemstones that were once worn by the ancient Egyptians, perhaps even the legendary queen herself. Study some of the ammunition used in battles, like spearheads, slingshot bullets, axe-heads, arrowheads and a helmet. There are many informative displays with photographs of the objects in the exhibition as they were originally found in the sea by Alexandria.


Ancient coins glitter, catching the eye and imagination

Cleopatra’s legacy remains strong in the artifacts, history, and imaginations fueled by her life and the relics left behind from her dynasty. Alluring and somewhat elusive, she is like the shimmering trail of a shooting star across the night sky. Stardust that continues to sparkle long after the star itself is gone. Do not miss the chance to explore some of the gleaming remnants of her reign.


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The statues are remarkably well preserved, a testament to the Egyptians’ enduring craftsmanship

While at the California Science Center, take advantage of their permanent exhibition galleries which are FREE. There is a separate charge for special exhibits (including the Cleopatra exhibit), several attractions and the IMAX theater. This is a wonderful museum for people of all ages, and especially captivating and appropriate for children with its many hands-on and interactive exciting exhibits.

The California Science Center is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. It is located at 700 Exposition Park Drive in Los Angeles, CA 90037.

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Jocelyn Murray is a travel writer and historical fiction novelist. She holds two university master's degrees in both English and Education, along with a bachelor's degree in Economics and European Studies. She also has a teaching credential and taught at the elementary school level.

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