Queen Nefertari

The ghostly figure of Queen Nefertari, Great Royal wife of Ramses II beckons us into a spectacular new exhibition at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Other artefacts include golden masks, sarcophagi, animal mummies, jewellery, amulets, and treasures from the tomb.

An exhibition combining digital technology and precious relics

So who was the pharaoh that the exhibition is dedicated to? “Ramses II is considered to be the greatest king to ever rule Egypt,” Dr. Zahi Hawass, the former Egyptian minister of antiquities says.

Multimedia and digital technology features prominently in the exhibition, including drone footage showing some of Egypt’s most iconic locations. An HD projection screen shows panoramic views of the ancient sites, as well as an introduction into the life of Ramses and the discovery of his mummified remains in the 19th century.

The exhibition has 181 Egyptian artefacts and covers important points in Ramses’ reign. These include his military victories, such as a re-creation of Ramses’ triumph at the Battle of Kadesh, perhaps the largest chariot battle ever fought.

“Visitors will not only walk among priceless relics of the great pharaoh but also experience the sights and sounds of the time through a cutting-edge virtual reality experience,” said Ron Tan, CEO of Cityneon Holdings, one of the co-partners of the exhibition.

The story continues with the 1881 re-discovery of a mummy cache in a hidden tomb, where the body of Ramses was found amongst a number of long-lost royal mummies.

“It is vital that Egypt share our historic treasures in exhibitions such as this,” said Dr Mostafa Waziri, Egypt’s secretary-general of the supreme council of antiquities.

After a six-month run at Houston, the exhibition will transfer to San Francisco’s De Young Museum and then on to the Castle Hall in Massachusetts. From there, it will arrive in Paris and on then for London, before a final showing in Sydney for January 2025.

Life in times of Ramses the Great

Ramses II (c1303-1213 BCE) ruled during the 19th dynasty of Egypt in the New Kingdom period. He was renowned for his building campaign of impressive cities, temples and monuments.

His military campaigns included in Syria, the Levant, Nubia and most notably for the Battle of Kadesh. The conflict is reportedly one of the earliest pitched battle in recorded history. It was the largest chariot battle ever fought, involving up to 6,000 chariots.

Ramses II lived a surprisingly long life for an ancient Egyptian, probably dying in his 90th year. His mummy is well preserved, and we have an account from Gaston Maspero, who was the first to reveal the features of the great pharaoh.

He wrote: “on the temples there are a few sparse hairs, but at the poll the hair is quite thick, forming smooth, straight locks about five centimetres in length. White at the time of death, and possibly auburn during life, they have been dyed a light red by the spices (henna) used in embalming…the moustache and beard are thin.”

“The hairs are white, like those of the head and eyebrows…the skin is of earthy brown, splotched with black… the face of the mummy gives a fair idea of the face of the living king.”

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CAIRO – 24 November 2021: The exhibition “Ramses & The Gold of The Pharaohs” welcomed visitors from all over the American city of Houston to enjoy the splendor of the great Egyptian antiquities with the enchanting melodies of the harp instrument in the background.

During the first days of its opening, the exhibition witnessed a huge turnout of visitors from different age groups. Some 8000 tickets were booked and sold in the first hours of the exhibition’s opening day. It is expected that the number of visitors will amount to 700,000 by the end of the exhibition.

Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri explained that an Egyptian delegation representing the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities had received the visitors, who expressed their fascination with the greatness of the Egyptian civilization.

For her part, Assistant Minister for Tourism Promotion Lamia Kamel said that the Egyptian pavilion at the exhibition also witnessed a great turnout from the museum visitors, who used the QR code shown on the main panel in the pavilion to access the promotional site for Egypt on various social media platforms, in order to get acquainted with the brilliance of the Egyptian tourist destinations and Egypt’s countless tourism products.

Kamel confirmed that the visitors of the Houston Museum of Natural Sciences expressed their enthusiasm to visit Egypt, especially in winter.

Moreover, Kamel reviewed the efforts exerted by the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, in cooperation with the Ministry of Civil Aviation, to create a direct flight route between Sharm El-Sheikh and Luxor to link beach tourism with cultural tourism, within the framework of the ministries’ efforts to create an integrated tourism product.

It is worth noting that the “Ramses & The Gold of The Pharaohs” exhibition showcases 181 artifacts that highlight some of the distinctive characteristics of the ancient Egyptian civilization, especially from the Middle and Modern Kingdoms to the late era. The exhibits include a group of statues, ornaments, paintings, stone blocks decorated with inscriptions, and statues of deities in the form of birds and animals, as well as some colorful wooden coffins.

Also, the Egyptian pavilion in the Houston Museum of Natural Sciences will be broadcast Egypt’s grand celebration “The Sphinx Avenue ” that will take place on November 25 at 7:30 p.m.

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Across the world, many communities face structural challenges, including long-term unemployment, lack of access to proper healthcare, and low literacy rates.

To support these communities in need, World Heritage Exhibitions, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cityneon, donated generously to the United Way of Lee County, an international charity that advocates for education, financial stability, and good healthcare to improve the lives of entire communities around the world.

Our donations contribute to the United Way Gifts-in-Kind program, which takes donated items and distributes them to the underprivileged. These donations include thousands of toys, school supplies, and apparel worth over USD1.8M from one of our IP experiences, that will go to important communities, such as local schools and foster families, to serve as a building block for many to lead better lives. We hope these donations can make a positive impact and help the needy weather difficult times.

Cityneon is a firm believer of returning back to the community and through the spirit of giving, we hope to participate in meaningful programmes that bring hope and new possibilities to our beneficiaries around the world.

Billionaires may be able send you to outer space, but the Houston Museum of Natural Science can now transport you 3,200 years back in time.

And what a trip. The museum’s stunningly reincarnated Hall of Ancient Egypt reopened Saturday in tandem with the world premiere of “Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs.”

Combining the 12,500-square-foot hall with the 20,000-square-foot Ramses exhibit, the space is fit for a pharaoh. The immersive experience was created by HMNS and the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities in Cairo. This is the first stop of a planned 10-city world tour, having opened at HMNS Nov. 20 and showing through May 23.

Entering the exhibit gateway feels like stepping into a Hollywood movie set. The lighting, music, desert-like quietude, the rows of replica columns — we’re off to ancient Egypt.

Initially, I get whiplash glancing to and fro at jewels, amulets and gold masks, knowing these are not props; they come from ancient tombs. Calm returns as the pathways lead smoothly around the exhibit spaces.

Their appeal goes beyond objects. The carefully choreographed experience puts the artifacts — including mummies — in the context of their time. Ramses the Great ruled 67 years, advancing Egypt’s culture and influence; he expanded national borders, brokered history’s first known peace treaty and spearheaded the building of cities, temples and monuments.

A high-definition projection, surround sound, precision lighting and special effects whisk visitors from the golden age up to the 1881 discovery of the ruler’s remains and tomb treasures. Naturally, there’s a virtual reality tour; it’s led by an apparition of Queen Nefertari, Ramses’ wife, and journeys through temples and sandstorms to the afterlife.

HMNS exhibit designers explored temples, towns and tombs in Egypt to accurately recreate the art and architecture.

“We paid extremely close attention to detail,” says consulting curator Tom Hardwick, “to create artistic environments that would transport visitors to another time and place, allowing the look and feel of ancient Egypt to wash over them.”

Hardwick gives me a sense of the passion shared by archaeologists, scholars and museum exhibit designers who work with these precious tangible pieces of historyAfter years, the Cairo resident at long last gets to see the results of his labor, sharing details with me.

A glittering stone vessel from a grave dating to the time the pyramids were built turns on a pedestal. It would have held precious oils used to prepare deceased royals for journeying  to the afterlife.

A 3,000-year-old mummy lies in a glass case. Overhead, CT scans show the man, named Neskhons, turn as if on a barbecue spit, revealing amulets that were placed inside his body.

Hardwick explains the aim of mummification: the subject is being transitioned from a mortal into a god. The preservation process — akin to “being turned into beef jerky” — enables “transformation into a radiant being.” Masks covered in gold transfigure the dead person “in the rays of the sun.” And the hair on mummies’ heads? It’s real.

A cradle of tiny figures reminds me of vintage Playskool wooden peg people. Hardwick explains they represent servants left in the crypt to attend to the deceased’s needs through eternity (now that’s a long gig).

The prevailing belief that you can take it with you extended to pets; even mummified cats are on view. In a replica burial chamber, I shyly touch gleaming gold leaf walls covered with storytelling engravings. The tech team digitized imagery found in shrines to create these walls and coated them to allow touching.

Displaying nearly 200 objects, some over 5,000 years old, the exhibit flows through eight rooms. Its ambiance feels fitting for viewers bearing witness to ancient secrets and rituals, while the combination of technology, research and care make the exhibit a journey worth taking.

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HOUSTON — Houstonians will soon have the chance to take a step back into ancient Egyptian history.

The Houston Museum of Natural Science will be premiering a new exhibition called “Ramses The Great and The Gold of Pharaohs” this weekend.

“It gives a sense of the range, variety and richness of Egyptian culture,” said Tom Hardwick, Consulting Curator of the Hall of Ancient Egypt with HMNS.

The new, limited-time exhibit will give the public a chance to explore the life of one of the greatest rulers, Ramses the Great.

“Ramses the Great was called Ramses the Great because was able to accomplish so much in his lifetime,” said John Norman, CEO of World Heritage Exhibitions.

His agency is one of those partnering with the museum, traveling on the 6-year, 10-city world tour.

“Some of these pieces have never been out of Egypt before and there are some incredible stories to be told,” he said.

The tour starts here in Houston Saturday. Hardwick says the museum’s Hall of Ancient Egypt will also be back open to the public after a months-long renovation process.

“This is a completely new incarnation of it. We vamped the objects, the lighting” he said.

Norman said the displays will allow you to get lost in history.

“You forget that you’re in Houston or in a museum. You’re in another time and place.”

The exhibit opens Nov. 20. Tickets for the exhibition start at $35 per adult and $27 for children.

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DALLASNov. 18, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Round Room Live and Cityneon announced JURASSIC WORLD: THE EXHIBITION will end their successful North Texas run on January 17, 2022. The exhibition has been entertaining North Texans since it opened to rave reviews and sold-out crowds in Dallas on June 18, 2021 at Grandscape in The Colony. This is North Texas’ last chance to experience this amazing event where guests are immersed into “Jurassic World” and able to interact with life-size dinosaurs. Tickets are available at www.JurassicWorldExhibition.com.

JURASSIC WORLD: THE EXHIBITION will be moving on to open in Denver, Colorado, on March 4, 2022 at the National Western Center, located at I-70 at Washington Street exit. Information, including venue and ticketing details for this one-time only limited engagement, can be found at JurassicWorldExhibition.com.

“Jurassic World: The Exhibition roars into North Texas. EDITOR’S PICK!”
– Dallas Morning News

“Most ‘technically advanced’ exhibition starring Jurassic World dinosaurs roars into town.”
– Sean GiggyWFAA

“AN AMAZING EVENT FOR YOU AND THE FAMILY!”
– Bonnie CurryKLTY

“YOU’RE TOTALLY GONNA DIG IT!”
– Taryn JonesCBS11

“A DAZZLING DISPLAY OF DINOSAURS.
An exciting, interactive exhibition. If you’ve ever imagined what it was like to walk among thosebreathtaking creatures, this exhibition is for you!
– Jo Ann HoltFocus Daily News

“When executing our vision to create a unique, family-friendly destination in North Texas, JURASSIC WORLD: THE EXHIBITION was a perfect fit. We are thrilled that they joined us and decided to stay at Grandscape through the end of the year. Having such an iconic brand for visitors of all ages embodied our vision and helps to create a true one-of-a-kind experience.” –Jeff Lind, President-Grandscape.

JURASSIC WORLD: THE EXHIBITION is an immersive 20,000-square-foot experience based on one of the biggest blockbusters in cinema history. Visitors will walk through the world-famous “Jurassic World” gates, encounter life-sized dinosaurs, and explore richly themed environments. Guests will have an up-close look at a Velociraptor, stand under a towering Brachiosaurus, and encounter the most fearsome of them all, the mighty Tyrannosaurus rex. Guests will be able to imagine what it would have been like to walk among these breathtaking creatures and even interact with new baby dinosaurs, including “Bumpy” from the popular animated Netflix original series, Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous, from Universal, DreamWorks Animation and Amblin Entertainment.

Information, including venue and ticketing details, can be found at JurassicWorldExhibition.comJURASSIC WORLD: THE EXHIBITION –– produced in conjunction with Universal Live Entertainment, a division of Universal Parks & Resorts –– immerses audiences of all ages in settings inspired by the groundbreaking film franchise Jurassic World from Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment.

“We are very grateful for the tremendous support that Jurassic World: The Exhibition has received in Dallas, and we hope that all North Texans will have a chance to visit before the exhibition leaves for its next location,” said Michael Silver, President of Global Business Development for Universal Parks & Resorts. “The Jurassic World dinosaurs are a truly amazing and awe-inspiring experience to share with friends and family.”

“Jurassic World: The Exhibition launched in June with astounding success and it’s heartening to see the amazing response from the public with sold-out tickets for the past two months – thank you for the incredible support!”, said Ron Tan, Executive Chairman & Group Chief Executive Officer of Cityneon Holdings. “We are so glad that Cityneon is able to bring this exhilarating adventure to all in Dallas through the rest of the year.”

“In one of the most spectacular engagements in Dallas with Jurassic World, we are announcing our final weeks for this incredible exhibition,” said Stephen Shaw, Founder and Co-President of Round Room Live. “The show has been visited by over 200,000, and there are only a few weeks remaining to see one of the best events of the year! This is your last chance, don’t miss it over this holiday season!”

The operation and management teams will continue to implement enhanced health and safety procedures for the operation of JURASSIC WORLD: THE EXHIBITION. Specific details can be found at JurassicWorldExhibition.com.

Tickets to JURASSIC WORLD: THE EXHIBITION start at $29.50 for adults (16 years +) and $19.50 for youth (3- 15 years). Children two-years-old and younger are free with an accompanying parent. VIP packages are available, as well as special pricing for senior citizens and active military personnel. Group sales packages are available for groups greater than 10.

The Jurassic World franchise has been entertaining generations of fans around the world with thrilling and awe-inspiring stories and characters for more than 25 years from films and TV series, to video games and toys, to live action experiences and rides at Universal theme parks. Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure welcomed the new Velocicoaster this past summer, creating a new species of roller coaster where guests will feel the rush of the hunt as they race alongside these nimble predators, twisting and soaring above the land and water. At Universal Studios Hollywood, guests experiencing Jurassic World – The Ride will come face-to-face with an all-new, extraordinarily realistic dinosaur – the Indominus Rex, injecting intense new thrills, excitement and intrigue into an already dynamic ride.

For more information about JURASSIC WORLD: THE EXHIBITION, visit JurassicWorldExhibition.com.

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マーベル・シネマティック・ユニバース(MCU)の世界観が楽しめる没入型展覧会「アベンジャーズ展」(英語タイトル:AVENGERS STATION EVOLUTION)が、2022年に日本上陸を果たすことが決まった。

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SANYA, CHINA – November 10, 2021 – Fujian Shiyi Culture Communication in collaboration with Cityneon Holdings are thrilled to announce today that the prestigious Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. (Scientific Training And Tactical Intelligence Operative Network) will open in The Mangrove Sanya on December 10, 2021. Early bird tickets will be available soon for only CNY99.

The films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe continue to be one of the most popular movie franchises in the 21st century, and here, at Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N., audiences have the chance to dive deeper into this unforgettable universe as they train to become a S.T.A.T.I.O.N. agent.

Mr. Nero Huang, general manager of Fujian Shiyi Culture Communication said “We are very excited to bring Marvel Avengers S.T.AT.I.O.N. to Sanya Haitang Bay. We have had a very successful experience with Cityneon Holdings in Xiamen and we trust the Sanya station will bring our cooperation into another level.”

“The interactive experience is an absolute blast for fans of the series. The games will give fans a chance to feel like a member of the Avengers team. We will welcome all the fans and tourists in Sanya.” says Mr. Ron Tan, Executive Chairman & Group CEO of Cityneon Group.

Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. has travelled to more than 20 cities, including New York, Las Vegas, Paris, Singapore and London, and now, it will finally arrive in Sanya for an incredible interactive and immersive eight-month run. This story-driven walk-through exhibit takes you deep into a 3D world of Marvel’s Avengers without glasses or any equipment.

The Instagrammable, must-see exhibition features multiple rooms dedicated to your favourite Avengers characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including Captain America, Iron Man, Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Black Widow, The Hulk, Thor, Hawkeye and more. Along with getting up-close-and-personal with original props and costumes straight from the big screen, guests are invited to:

  • Revel in awe at Iron Man’s “Hall of Armour”
  • Explore Bruce Banner’s lab, providing insights into the mind of the mean, green, rage-machine called the Hulk
  • Gain access to Captain America’s “Top Secret” personnel file
  • Inspect Black Widow’s arsenal of high-tech weapons
  • Learn about the “Super Soldier Serum” that transformed Steve Rogers in Marvel Studios’ Captain America: The First Avenger
  • Witness Captain America’s legendary shield up-close
  • Experience the Kingdom of Wakanda in the Black Panther exhibit
  • And so much more!

Early bird ticket will be officially available soon for only CNY99.

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Watch Let’s Go, South Florida: Arlene Borenstein takes a tour of “Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru” with Irv Lippman, executive director of the Boca Raton Museum of Art. The exhibit is a time capsule of the ancient Incan city. You can fly over Machu Picchu with virtual reality tour guide, Ai Apaec, a mythical Andean hero. Or you can revel at nearly 200 artifacts found in the royal tombs of Andean lords. Watch the video at SunSentinel.com/letsgo.

A massive treasure chest has been unlocked at the Boca Raton Museum of Art until March 6.

The exhibit called “Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru” holds the largest collection of gold created by Andean societies in Peru thousands of years ago.

It’s the first time all 192 artifacts have traveled outside of Museo Larco in Lima, Peru, and Museo de Sitio Manuel Chávez Ballón in Aguas Calientes, Peru. Boca Raton is the first stop on a worldwide tour of the exhibit. You can get tickets by going to bocamuseum.org.

“Gold is what we underscore in this gallery,” said Irv Lippman, executive director of the Boca Raton Museum of Art. “For the Andean peoples and for this Chimu culture that created these works, it also has a sacred value. These were buried and left in tombs which is why we have found them now and are in such remarkable condition.”

The architectural significance of Machu Picchu is also a highlight of the exhibit, with a virtual reality attraction that resembles flying over the massive historical site above the Peruvian Andes. A mythical tour guide, Ai Apaec, flies next to you while talking about its history. And don’t be startled by the VR motion chairs, they move and dispense different scents as you fly and land at different stops.

Machu Picchu is considered among the greatest artistic, architectural and land use achievements anywhere and the most significant tangible legacy of the Inca civilization, according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural organization (UNESCO).

“There is this wonderful depiction of Machu Picchu with the great care that the terraces were built. It was high up on this mountain top, it was a place for rulers,” said Lippman. “It was and is one of the most fascinating places to visit,” he said.

The Boca Raton Museum of Art is at 501 Plaza Real at Mizner Park, in Boca Raton. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Get tickets bocamuseum.org. The virtual reality experience is $18 and the artifact exhibition is $29.95 for adults and $19.95 children 3 to 12.

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Cityneon, a global experience entertainment company, and Victory Hill Exhibitions have announced a new interactive experience based on the popular Transformers IP. This will debut in North America next summer, followed by a China tour in Q4 2022.

In Transformers: The Experience, visitors will have the chance to test their skills, choosing to be on the side of the Autobots or the Decepticons in their intergalactic battle. The hands-on attraction will immerse guests in the world of the Transformers, allowing them to train with the likes of Optimus Prime and Bumblebee, scoring against Megatron and Starscream.

Immersing visitors in the Transformers universe

The Transformers franchise has fans around the world, across borders and generations, thanks to its films, TV shows, video games, toys, live-action experiences and theme park attractions.

“We have been working with Victory Hill Exhibitions to create an experience that will immerse guests in the Transformers universe and wow them from the moment they enter,” says Matt Proulx, Head of Location Based Entertainment at Hasbro. “We’re excited for Transformers fans of all ages to discover that there’s more than meets the eye at Transformers: The Experience.”

“Hasbro is one of the Group’s first partners in our foray into immersive experiences,” adds Ron Tan, Cityneon’s Executive Chairman and Group CEO. “Our partnership has come a long way and I am excited to see the newly created and multi-million dollar production – Transformers: The Experience premiere in North America and China in 2022.”

For more information about Transformers: The Experience, visit the website here.

Cityneon is also celebrating the premiere of Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru which opens at the Boca Raton Museum of Art in South Florida this month. This features the largest Andean gold collection ever to travel the world, together with a brand new immersive and interactive VR experience.

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