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August 20, 2022February 12, 2023

Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs

Over 3,000 years in the making. Discover 181 priceless ancient Egyptian treasures.

Ramses II, known as Ramses the Great, was the most celebrated and powerful pharaoh of the New Kingdom—Egypt’s golden age. Believed to be a god on Earth, he ruled for 67 years as part of the 19th Dynasty, erecting enormous temples, obelisks, and statues and expanding Egypt’s empire. This state-of-the-art exhibition features the greatest collection of Ramses II objects and Egyptian jewelry ever to travel to the United States. Along with the pharaoh's colossal royal sculpture, the exhibition highlights recently discovered animal mummies and treasures from the royal tombs of Dahshur and Tanis.

Visitors can walk among towering statues and immerse themselves in multimedia productions that re-create moments from Ramses’s life, including his triumph at Kadesh, the largest chariot battle ever fought. An optional virtual reality experience, Ramses & Nefertari: Journey to Osiris, offers a breathtaking tour of two of Ramses’s most impressive monuments: Abu Simbel and Nefertari’s tomb.

Mask from the coffin of Amenemope. Photograph by Immerse Agency


Tickets are available now. Get yours today.

Ticketing Information

  • Enhance your visit by purchasing tickets to our immersive virtual reality experience, Ramses & Nefertari: Journey to Osiris. Using cinematic motion chairs, take a whirlwind tour of two of Ramses’s most impressive monuments, Abu Simbel and Nefertari’s tomb. ($18 general public \ $16 members)
  • This exhibition uses moving animation images, which may be disorienting for those who are light sensitive.
  • Tickets are timed. Please plan ahead and leave extra time for arrival and parking. On weekends, we recommend arriving an hour before your ticket time.
  • The exhibition includes narrow spaces. Strollers are not permitted, but umbrella strollers and baby carriers are available. Strollers can be checked at the lower level security post at the garage.
  • Free Saturdays discounted admission does not apply to the Ramses exhibition. A full-price ticket is always required to attend.
  • Please note that ticket prices vary on weekdays and weekends:
Adult: $35Adult: $40
Seniors (65+): $32Seniors (65+): $37
Students (w/ valid ID): $30Students (w/ valid ID): $35
Youth (17 and under): $20Youth (17 and under): $25
Members: First visit is free; subsequent visits are $23 per ticket*Members: First visit is free; subsequent visits are $23 per ticket*

*Due to high demand for this once-in-a-lifetime event, members are limited to one complimentary visit through the run of the exhibition. The number of complimentary tickets is determined by membership level.

Ramses & Nefertari: Journey to Osiris Disclaimer

Due to the immersive nature of this virtual reality experience, parental discretion is advised. This attraction allows audiences to enter a photo-real world of Ramses the Great and features the Positron Voyager Chair, a virtual reality platform that moves and vibrates.

Guests in wheelchairs, or with service animals, may request an alternate experience.

Persons with the following conditions should not participate: pacemaker or other implanted medical device, severe motion sickness or vertigo, fear of enclosed spaces, and other conditions that may be aggravated by this experience.

Please note

  • This experience lasts 10.5 minutes in length.
  • This is recommended for guests 8 years and older.
  • The maximum guest height is 6'5".
  • The maximum guest weight is 330 lbs.