Cleopatra VII is one history’s most intriguing and influential women. Not only did she rule Egypt on her own for three years before her brother began conspiring against her, she also brought stability to her country by forming an alliance with the Roman empire. How’s that for girl power?
As a way to commemorate Cleopatra, who was also the last pharaoh of ancient Egypt, the California Science Center in Los Angeles, has hosted an exhibition that tells her captivating story.
World-renowned archaeologists Dr. Zahi Hawass and Franck Goddio led an expedition and searched high and low for objects that were lost due to earthquakes and other natural disasters. In the end, they discovered over 150 artifacts that are thousands of years old, all of which will take you back Alexandria.
And if you think that these priceless antiquities are tiny, think again. They weigh approximately 30 tons in total and include two massive 16-foot granite statues of a Ptolemaic king and queen from the 4th and 3rd centuries B.C. After you wander the halls of the exhibit, make your way into the Center’s IMAX Theater, which will be showing “Mysteries of Egypt,” a feature film that was created by National Geographic.
If you’re interested in visiting this exhibition while you’re in L.A., you’ll have until December 31 to do so. After a day at the museum, don’t return to a tiny hotel room. Instead, come home to a fully furnished Los Angeles vacation rental from Signature Vacation Homes. Along with luxurious living quarters, you’ll also have the option to add on various other amenities, like laundry and transportation services that will ensure that your time here is well spent.