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You are cordially invited to the exclusive media preview of Ramses & the Gold of the Pharaohs, at the Australian Museum.            


Featuring 182 priceless artefacts, including the sarcophagus of Ramses II - one of the rarest and most impressive royal coffins from ancient Egypt ever to be discovered – as well as the timeless beauty of jewellery, masks, amulets and animal sarcophagi, many of which have never left Egypt before.

 Media are welcome to photograph and film inside the exhibition before it is open to the public.


WHEN: Thursday 16 November 2023.

8.30am: Morning tea.

9am – 11am: Formalities, followed by Media Preview of Ramses and the Gold of the Pharaohs exhibition.

WHERE: Australian Museum, Hintze Hall.  1 William Street, cnr College St, Sydney, Gadigal Country.


  • Dr Mostafa Waziry, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Ministry of Tourism

and Antiquities, Egypt and renowned Egyptologist and archaeologist.

  • Kim McKay AO, Director & CEO, Australian Museum.
  • Ron Tan, Chairman and Group CEO, Neon Global, in partnership with Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.
  • Brian Hartzer, President, Australian Museum Trust.
  • Professor Ronika Power, Professor of Bioarchaeology, Macquarie University
  • Dr Camilla Di Biase-Dyson, Senior Lecturer in Egyptology, Macquarie University
  • Fran Dorey, Head of Exhibitions, Australian Museum
  • Photography and filming opportunities include:

    • The coffin of Ramses the Great: Exclusive to the Australian Museum and on direct loan from Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, Ramses’ coffin is rarely permitted to leave Egypt and Sydney will become only the second city in the world, after Paris, to showcase the extremely valuable artefact.
    • Upper part of a limestone colossus of Ramses II: This 725kg limestone colossal statue depicts Ramses lI.
    • Golden Masks and magnificent jewellery: including a solid gold collar, crafted over 3000 years ago and weighing 4.3kg. 
    • Animal mummies: Including cats, crocodiles, mongoose, lion cub.
    • Virtual Reality experience: With cinematic motion chairs, viewers can experience flying through temples, sandstorms, and even coming face-to-face with Ramses’ mummy in this electrifying animated journey.


    RSVP: Claire Vince, Media Advisor, Australian Museum 0468 726 910


    ABOUT: Ramses & the Gold of the Pharaohs is an all-new multisensory museum experience providing visitors with a window into the life and accomplishments of Ramses II, more commonly known as Ramses the Great, who ruled Egypt for 67 years – the second longest reign for any pharaoh and living to an astonishing 92 years of age.


    Exclusive to Sydney, Ramses & the Gold of the Pharaohs features 182 priceless artefacts including Egyptian treasures and one-of-a-kind relics – including the sarcophagus of Ramses II - one of the most impressive royal coffins from ancient Egypt ever to be discovered – many of which have never left Egypt before.


    On this immersive journey visitors will discover a stunningly preserved collection of artefacts, including sarcophagi, animal mummies, magnificent jewellery, spectacular royal masks, exquisite amulets, and ornate golden treasures showcasing the superb workmanship of Egyptian artisans.


    This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Australian audiences to discover the legacy of Ramses the Great and how his achievements have lived on through millennia.


    Season Dates: 18 November 2023 – 19 May 2024.

    Tickets + Information:

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    The Australian Museum (AM) was founded in 1827 and is the nation’s first museum. It is internationally recognised as a natural science and culture institution focused on Australia and the Pacific. As custodian of more than 22 million objects and specimens, the AM is uniquely positioned to provide a greater understanding of the region through its scientific research, exhibitions, and public and education programs. Through the Australian Museum Research Institute (AMRI), the AM also plays a leading role in conserving Australia’s biodiversity through understanding the environmental impacts of climate change, potential security threats and invasive species.  Visit Australian Museum for more information.


    NEON, formerly Cityneon, is a global leader in creating and producing experiential entertainment. NEON enjoys worldwide partnerships with The Walt Disney Company and Marvel Entertainment for Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N.

    and Marvel Avengers Station: Evolution, 20th Century Studios for AVATAR: The Exhibition, Hasbro for Transformers: The Experience, NBCUniversal for Jurassic World: The Exhibition, and Lionsgate for The Hunger Games: The Exhibition. It

    also has a partnership with Warner Bros. Themed Entertainment to produce two brand-new, unique global touring-themed art experiences inspired by the Wizarding World set to debut in Cologne, Germany, in December 2023, and DC

    slated to launch in 2024. The Company also partners with the governments of Egypt and Peru for their original artefact IP experiences, Ramses & the Gold of the Pharaohs and Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru, respectively,

    plus authentic artefact tours Pompeii: The Exhibition, Mummies of the World: The Exhibition, and Victoria the T. Rex. The Group’s IP experiences are powered by ANIMAX, a fully owned subsidiary and a world-class creative animatronics powerhouse that specialises in research and development, engineering and entertainment robotics, with state-of-the-art facilities located in Nashville, US, Wuxi, China and the Middle East. NEON’s global partnerships have enabled the Group to bring compelling experiences that leave lasting memories to millions of visitors in more than 70 cities to date globally. For more information, please visit



    World Heritage Exhibitions (WHE) is renowned for producing, promoting, and designing the finest quality museum content on the globe. Their exhibitions have captivated, educated, and inspired visitors in virtually every major market on the planet. With a combined 150 years of exhibition experience, the WHE executive team has been responsible for touring many of the world’s most valuable treasures, including objects from King Tutankhamun’s tomb, relics from Cleopatra’s Royal Palace, artefacts from the Titanic, items from the discovery of Pompeii, and more. Their exhibitions have now been enjoyed by more than 30 million people spanning six continents, and their collective expertise has come together in one of the industry’s most influential touring exhibition companies.



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    With more than 40 years of experience, Adventure World has been curating authentic and sustainable travel experiences to guarantee its guests experience the lifeblood of a destination, with the flexibility of customisable itineraries. All Adventure World product is underpinned by its Travel with Purpose charter, to celebrate and conserve culture, create socio-economic benefits for communities, protect wildlife and restore marine life all the while creating authentic opportunities for like-minded travellers aid us in the mission. We work closely with our partners TreadRight Foundation, Animals Asia and the Australian Museum, and work towards meeting 11 of the United Nations’ Global Sustainable Development Goals and putting into action, our travel with purpose philosophy.


Key Facts:

Exclusive media preview of Ramses & the Gold of the Pharaohs, at the Australian Museum.    WHEN: Thursday 16 November 2023.

8.30am: Morning tea.

9am – 11am: Formalities, followed by Media Preview of Ramses and the Gold of the Pharaohs exhibition.

WHERE: Australian Museum, Hintze Hall.  1 William Street, cnr College St, Sydney, Gadigal Country.

Contact details:

RSVP: Claire Vince, Media Advisor,

Australian Museum 0468 726 910



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