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Cincinnati Museum Center announces 'Cleopatra' exhibit

The exhibition also showcases artifacts from Franck Goddio’s continuing underwater search off the Mediterranean coast of Egypt, begun in 1992. (Source: Cincinnati Museum Center) The exhibition also showcases artifacts from Franck Goddio’s continuing underwater search off the Mediterranean coast of Egypt, begun in 1992. (Source: Cincinnati Museum Center)

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Cincinnati Museum Center announced its newest exhibit Thursday, which will explore the life of Cleopatra.

"Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt" opens on Feb. 18, 2011 until Sept. 5.

The Cincinnati Museum Center was selected as the second stop in the world for the exhibition tour. Tickets for the exhibition go on sale Thursday.

The exhibition features nearly 150 artifacts from Cleopatra's time and takes visitors inside the present-day search for the elusive queen, which extends from the sands of Egypt to the depths of the Bay of Aboukir near Alexandria. It features statuary, jewelry, daily items, coins and religious tokens that archaeologists have uncovered from the time surrounding Cleopatra's rule, all of which are visiting the U.S. for the first time. An original papyrus document from Cleopatra's time containing an inscription that scientists believe was written in Cleopatra's own hand will also be on display.

After Egypt succumbed to Roman forces and Cleopatra famously took her own life following the suicide of her lover Mark Antony, the Romans attempted to wipe her legacy from the pages of history. Cleopatra thus has remained one of history's greatest enigmas, and her final resting place is one of Egypt's great unsolved mysteries.

"I am so proud that Cincinnati Museum Center is able to provide our community with this tremendous window on the world and Cleopatra's remarkable story," said Douglass W. McDonald, president and CEO of Cincinnati Museum Center."This is a MUST-SEE experience; one that tells the story of Cleopatra's power, mystery, ambition, strategy, romance, glamour and economic success.This experience with its audio guide, incredible artifacts and videography shares deep insight into a ruler that protected her country, made strategic alliances for its independence and cultivated economic and intellectual prosperity."

"It is an honor for Cincinnati to be chosen as the first city in the Midwest to host this amazing exhibit on the life of Cleopatra," said Mark Mallory, mayor of the City of Cincinnati. "Hosting this unique exhibit at the Museum Center is another example of the national significance Cincinnati has as a premier arts destination."

Individual tickets for "Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt" range from $23 to $14, which includes an audio tour. Tickets are timed and dated, and admission is 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays (last entry at 5pm), 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays (last entry at 9 p.m.), 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Sundays (last entry at 6 p.m.). There are discounts available for groups of 15 or more and for Cincinnati Museum Center Members.

Due to high ticket demand, advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended. Information and tickets are available at (513) 287-7001 or toll free at 1-800-733-2077, www.cincymuseum.org and www.searchforcleopatra.com. Information about tickets for groups of 15 or more is available at (513) 287-7021.

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