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Stela with a Hathoric face
Stela with a Hathoric face
Stela with a Hathoric face

Queen Nefertari’s Egypt comes to New Orleans

This spring at the New Orleans Museum of Art, journey into ancient Egypt by way of Queen Nefertari.

Queen Nefertari, the royal wife of Pharaoh Ramesses II (reigned 1279–13 BCE), is linked to some of the most magnificent monuments of ancient Egypt. Appearing in sculpture and images, and identified in inscriptions on buildings associated with Ramesses II, she is also known through a complete temple consecrated to her in Abu Simbel, beside the one dedicated to her husband. Her tomb is the largest and most richly decorated in the Valley of the Queens. It was discovered in the early 20th century by a team of archaeologists led by Ernesto Schiaparelli, then director of the Museo Egizio in Turin.

The team’s discoveries and the role of Nefertari and other powerful women in ancient Egypt are brought to life through the 230 exceptional objects in this exhibition, drawn from the collection of the Museo Egizio. These include statues, jewelry, vases, papyrus, steles, wooden coffins, and stone sarcophagi, as well as tools and various items of daily life from the artisan village of Deir-el-Medina, home to those who created the royal tombs. These astonishing treasures showcase the legacy of the royal wives, sisters, daughters, and mothers of pharaohs, and sometimes even pharaohs themselves, as well as the female artists who contributed to the creation of these stunning objects.

Kelsey Campion
The New Orleans Museum of Art

Works presented in Queen Nefertari's Egypt will be on loan from the Museo Egizio in Turin, Italy, which holds one of the most important collections of ancient Egyptian works outside of Cairo.

Ticketing Information

NOMA Member-Only Presale: November 15-December 15, 2021
General Public Presale: December 15, 2021-March 17, 2022


Adults: $25
Military and Seniors: $20
University students: $18
Youth ages 8-19: $7
Free for NOMA members and children ages 7 and under.

Group Pricing (10+, must be booked at least 48 hours in advance)

Adults: $23
Military and Seniors: $18
University students: $16
Youth ages 8-19: $5