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The Greeks in Egypt

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Sunken Cities: Egypt's Lost Worlds

Exhibition Overview

Exhibition Type
Art, History, Science and Technology
Area Size
more than 1000 sqm
Designed For
Museums and Galleries
Science Centres
Entertainment Venues
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Core Experience
Immersive digital experience
Panels and graphics
Original collection
Exhibition Partners
GENERAL CURATORSHIP: Franck Goddio, President and founder of the European Institute for Underwater Archaeology (IEASM), is an archaeologist of almost 40 years standing. He instigated underwater research and excavation in Aboukir Bay, where the two long lost towns of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus were discovered. In Alexandria he explored, mapped and excavated the Eastern harbour (Portus Magnus). He co-founded the Centre for Maritime Archaeology at Oxford University (OCMA). The excavations are still on going.

LENDER: Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities of Egypt. Either discoveries from Franck Goddio's research or lend from museums, all the artefacts presented in the exhibition come from Egypt.

MUSEOGRAPHER: Martine Thomas-Bourgneuf, a freelance museographer, was involved in earlier exhibitions with archaeologist Franck Goddio such as “The Treasure of the San Diego”, “Egypt’s Sunken Treasures”, and “Osiris, Egypt’s Sunken Mysteries”.

SCENOGRAPHER: Atelier Sylvain Roca is a world-across exhibit and interior design studio.


Credits / Image Information

Videos and images from previous exhibitions.
Photo: Christoph Gerigk©Franck Goddio/Hilti Foundation



Herodotus, the father of history, was right and underwater archaeology confirms it…

Egypt, Aboukir Bay, at the mouth of the Nile, there where two great ancient civilisations met and the rest is history : long before the conquest of Alexander the Great, Greek merchants and soldiers had been allowed to settle down in Egypt at the “mouth of the Nile”. This exhibition shows a new aspect of the underwater archaeological research on Aboukir Bay’s Sunken Cities: not only Greek life, but also Greek legends in Egypt that are 3000 years old, long before the reign of the Ptolemies. The two cultures co-existed and influenced each other.

A range of multimedia displays of various scales complement a large collection of recently discovered objects from the underwater excavations. Many have never been seen outside of Egypt before. They are complemented by some 20 masterpieces on loan from museums in Egypt. A spectacle of colours and lights is used in conjunction with the objects and photographs, sounds, video, and interactive displays to create another time and place for an enhanced visitor experience.

A unique archaeological discovery with the help of advanced technologies is used to bring ancient Egypt to life and place visitors in the centre of underwater excavations thanks to 3D objects, 3D videos of excavated sites, 360° VR videos (a technique used for the first time in an underwater environment ), reconstructions, holograms, as well as a photogrammetry of a tumulus covering Greek funerary offerings in Thonis-Heracleion (5-4th century BCE).

The Greeks in Egypt is one of the highlights of the underwater archaeological excavations directed by Franck Goddio, president of the European Institute for Underwater Archeology (IEASM), in collaboration with the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.

VR and App Content


Decorative objects
Everyday objects
Ritual objects
Arms & Armours
Coins & Medals

General Information

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Technical Requirements
High security
High conservation
High ceiling height


Past and Future Venues
“Egypt’s Sunken Mysteries” 2015 - 2021 (Each venue lasted 6 months)
consisted of 293 objects. It was shown in Paris,Institut du monde arabe; London, British Museum; Zurich, Rietberg Museum; Saint-Louis (MO) Saint Louis Art Museum; Minneapolis (MN) Minneapolis Art Museum; Simi Valley (CA), Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, and Richmond (VA), Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

“Cleopatra, the Search for the last Queen of Egypt” 2010 - 2013
Extension of exhibition “Egypt’s Sunken Treasures”, presenting 142 objects. A collaboration with National Geographic and Arts & Exhibitions International, the exhibition toured Philadelphia, Cincinnati, Milwaukee and Los Angeles.

“Egypt’s Sunken Treasures” 2006-2009
Over 500 items discovered during underwater excavations in Egypt illustrated more than 1500 years of history, particularly the Ptolemaic period. It was shown in Berlin, Paris, Bonn, Madrid, Turin and Yokohama.

Extra Info

Curatorial excellence
Treasure collection
Highlights Details
The rare specificities of this exhibition are that it is an extension of recent archaeological research, supplemented by loans from Egyptian museums. Franck Goddio is monitoring the exhibition's itinerary, and is available to brief museum teams and marketing teams, and to give scientific or general public talks as required.
For Franck Goddio setting up an exhibition is the logical extension and the natural successful outcome of his work as an underwater archaeologist and excavation director. In the past, he has curated near 20 great exhibitions directly linked to his excavations in the Egyptian waters showcasing between 150 and 500 items throughout the world. The exhibitions are been designed to be modular and adaptable, easily installable and dismountable. Lighting systems are included in the majority of the displays.
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