Exhibition Dedicated to 'Ramses II' Lures over 800,000 Visitors in France

The wooden coffin of Pharaoh Ramses II is on display Thursday,
April 6, 2023 in Paris. (AP Photo/Aurelien Morissard)
The wooden coffin of Pharaoh Ramses II is on display Thursday, April 6, 2023 in Paris. (AP Photo/Aurelien Morissard)
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Exhibition Dedicated to 'Ramses II' Lures over 800,000 Visitors in France

The wooden coffin of Pharaoh Ramses II is on display Thursday,
April 6, 2023 in Paris. (AP Photo/Aurelien Morissard)
The wooden coffin of Pharaoh Ramses II is on display Thursday, April 6, 2023 in Paris. (AP Photo/Aurelien Morissard)

An exhibition dedicated to ancient Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses II, which concluded on Sunday in Paris, lured over 800,000 visitors since its opening five months ago. The curators of the traveling exhibition announced Tuesday that it’s next stop is Sydney, Australia.

Dubbed “Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs”, the exhibition debuted in San Francisco in 2022, and it is set to land in Australia, this fall. Among several hosting countries, France was the only one to exhibit Ramses II’s sarcophagus “without a mummy”.

Since its launch in Paris in early April, 817,036 people visited the exhibition, mostly French, in addition to Belgians, Swiss, and Germans.

In 2019, the “Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh” exhibition in Paris, was successful as well, hosting a record number of visitors, estimated at 1.42 million, according to Agence France Press (AFP).

Usually, the sarcophagus of Ramses II is exhibited at Cairo’s National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC), and it didn’t left Egypt for 45 years.

But Ramses II’s sarcophagus was displayed in Paris alongside an array of 180 ancient artifacts including jewelry and statues, many of which had never before left Egypt.



2 Amur Tiger Cubs Have their 1st Public Outing at German Zoo

Two Amur tiger cubs, Tochka and Timur, have their first public outing at Cologne Zoo in Cologne, Thursday July 18, 2024. (Thomas Banneyer/dpa via AP)
Two Amur tiger cubs, Tochka and Timur, have their first public outing at Cologne Zoo in Cologne, Thursday July 18, 2024. (Thomas Banneyer/dpa via AP)
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2 Amur Tiger Cubs Have their 1st Public Outing at German Zoo

Two Amur tiger cubs, Tochka and Timur, have their first public outing at Cologne Zoo in Cologne, Thursday July 18, 2024. (Thomas Banneyer/dpa via AP)
Two Amur tiger cubs, Tochka and Timur, have their first public outing at Cologne Zoo in Cologne, Thursday July 18, 2024. (Thomas Banneyer/dpa via AP)

Two Amur tiger cubs had their first public outing Thursday at Cologne Zoo in Germany, one of several zoos that have sought to help keep up the numbers of the rare big cats.
The cubs — a female named Tochka and a male named Timur — were born in mid-April and now weigh about 13 kilos each. The pair explored their enclosure together with their mother, 13-year-old Katinka.
Amur tigers, also known as Siberian tigers, are found in the far east of Russia and northeastern China and are considered endangered.
“We are very happy and proud of the offspring of this highly threatened species,” zoo curator Alexander Sliwa said in a statement, which said that 240 Amur tigers in zoos are currently part of a European program to help conserve and breed the animals.
Katinka was brought from the zoo in Nuremberg last summer in exchange for Cologne tiger Akina after the existing pairs at both zoos had long failed to produce offspring. She quickly hit it off with 9-year-old Sergan, the cubs' father, the zoo said.