Sunken Cities Exhibit at MIA
I count myself lucky to live in a city that puts a high value on the arts, and that is clearly evident by the sheer number of art galleries and museums that we have.
The MIA is one my favorite museums. Maybe that is partially due to the fact it is basically connected to MCAD, where I went to college and I have fond memories of spending countless hours there during my uni years. It’s also one of my favorites because they get some really fantastic special exhibits that come through.
Just over a year ago, we were able to go see the Del Toro: At Home with Monsters exhibit on opening night and I can’t even begin to tell you how ah-mah-zing that show was!
Now in that same space, MIA has Egypt’s Sunken Cities up on display, and I am here to encourage you all to go!
The exhibit is home to hundreds of once lost artifacts, pulled out of the sea and masterfully restored.
“More than 1200 years ago, two ancient cities were lost to natural disasters and the rising tides of the Mediterranean Sea. Two decades ago, underwater archaeologist Franck Goddio and his team discovered those cities, revealing monumental statues, religious images carved in stone, exquisite jewelry, and delicate ceramics—and a greater understanding of life during the age of the pharaohs. Don’t miss this epic story of their discovery.”
What to Know Before You Go:
Nov. 4 - April 14, 2019
Adults: $20 / Members: $16
Children: $16 / Members $14
Children under 5: Free
Tuesday: 10am – 5pm
Wednesday: 10am – 5pm
Thursday: 10am – 9pm
Friday: 10am – 9pm
Saturday: 10am – 5pm
Sunday: 11am – 5pm
Ramp Parking - Located on 3rd. Ave, price varies depending on the day.
Street parking - Free! But with restricted hours. Make sure you read street signage! Typically there is no street parking during rush hours.
There is a coat check when you first get inside the museum. Suggested donation is $1
The artifacts on display are from two nearly forgotten cities, Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus. Thonis-Heracleion was once Egypt’s premier trading center with Greece, so some of the artifacts are a fascinating mix of Egyptian and Greek.
I was completely blown away by the amazing condition all of the work is in. I mean, we are talking about pieces that are literally thousands of years old, that had been sitting at the bottom of the ocean all of that time! Can you even imagine!?
Well, you don’t have to imagine. Because you, YES YOU, can just go see it IRL.
The excavations of these lost cities are still going on to this day. I’ll be amazed to see what other treasures they discover!
The exhibit at the MIA is up through April, so there is still plenty of time to go check it out! You won't regret it!