Time may have eroded the memory of a civilization but not the mystery of what was. Long ago, two bustling cities in ancient Egypt were known throughout the world as cultural centers of power, wealth, trade, and novel artistry. One day as the Mediterranean sun beat down on the bay of Aboukir, the city es slipped into the sea without a whisper of wind, buried for centuries. 

Who wouldn’t dream of unearthing lost antiquities from a forgotten civilization, sunken into obscurity? Determined to recover the cities that vanished, Franck Goddio, a mathematician by trade and underwater archeologist at heart, delivered the discovery of a millennium for he located not a shipwreck but an entire civilization

Osiris-Canopus, small gray canopic bust

This story will be told in Egypt’s Lost Cities at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, where more than 200 of these authentic artifacts, including three colossal 16-foot sculptures of a pharaoh, a queen, and a god will be on view.

Other objects on display include precious gold coins and jewelry, bronze vessels, objects inscribed in the ancient Egyptian or Greek languages, and statues from the sunken and forgotten ancient cities of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus. The artifacts will be seen alongside ancient Egyptian artifacts from museums in Cairo and Alexandria.

Don’t miss this epic story of their discovery.