The BP Exhibition Sunken Cities: Egypt's lost worlds

Event location: British Museum. Ongoing event.

Preserved and buried under the sea for over a thousand years, the stunning objects in the exhibition range from magnificent colossal statues to intricate gold jewellery. Sacred offerings and ritual objects reveal the cult of Osiris - the god of the underworld who held the promise of eternal life. They tell stories of political power and popular belief, myth and migration, gods and kings.

Journey through centuries of encounters between two celebrated cultures, meeting iconic historical figures such as Alexander the Great, Cleopatra, Hadrian and Antinous on the way.

Over the last 20 years, world-renowned archaeologist Franck Goddio and his team have excavated spectacular underwater discoveries using the latest technologies. They will be seen alongside fascinating objects from major Egyptian museums for the first time in the UK.

Discover the incredible story of the remarkable relationship between the major ancient civilisations of Egypt and Greece, unveiled in this monumental new exhibition.

* Read more about the sunken cities on [ Wikipedia][1]


When Can I Go?

19 May - 27 November 2016

- Last entry 80 minutes before closing

- Open daily 10.00-17.30

- The Museum is open every day except for Good Friday, 24, 25 and 26 December and 1 January

- The Museum is open until 20.30 on Fridays, except Good Friday.

How Does It Work?

You will receive a confirmation email with your voucher attached - you must print this voucher and present it to the front of house staff to gain entry.

Where do I go?

Room 30, British Museum, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG

Nearest underground stations:

- Tottenham Court Road (500m)

- Holborn (500m)

- Russell Square (800m)

- Goodge Street (800m)

Good To Know


Copyright: (C)Franck Goddio / Hilti Foundation

1. & 2. Colossal statue of god Hapy, Thonis-Heracleion, Aboukir Bay, Egypt (SCA 281) A colossal statue of red granite (5.4 m) representing the god Hapy, which decorated the temple of Thonis-Heracleion. The god of the flooding of the Nile, symbol of abundance and fertility, has never before been discovered at such a large scale, which points to his importance for the Canopic region.

3. Stele of Thonis-Heracleion, Thonis-Heracleion, Aboukir Bay, Egypt (SCA 277) The intact stele (1.90 m) is inscribed with the decree of Sas and was discovered on the site of Thonis-Heracleion. It was commissioned by Nectanebos I (378-362 BC) and is almost identical to the Stele of Naukratis in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

4. Pectoral in gold, lapis lazuli and glass paste, found in Tanis in the royal tomb of the Pharaoh Sheshonk II (~ 890 BC).

Suitable For Children

Yes - Children under 16 years go FREE - Click the drop down button in part 4.

Cancellation Policy

Exchanges or Refunds are not available after purchase