Egyptian Overhaul

HMNS’s Hall of Ancient Egypt Closing for Renovations

The popular wing should reopen this November—right in time for a special touring exhibition of Ramses II artifacts.

By Emma Schkloven April 2, 2021

Image: Courtesy HMNS

Get your passport stamped while you can Houston, because this is your last weekend to visit ancient Egypt for a while.

Starting next week, the Houston Museum of Natural Science’s Hall of Ancient Egypt will close to the public as it undergoes an extensive remodel, the museum announced on this afternoon. This closure will be the second major renovation currently taking place at the HMNS; the John P. McGovern Hall of The Americas is also currently closed for remodeling.

"We are excited to revamp one of our trademark experiences," the museum shared on Twitter. "There is wonder and magic to the Hall of Ancient Egypt and that will not change. We're just giving it a little TLC."

While we don’t know much about what this Egyptian overhaul will entail, we do know that Houston’s one-stop-shop for all things pharaoh should reopen this November—right in time for a special touring exhibition featuring ancient Egyptian treasures to make its U.S. debut at the HMNS.

Titled Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs, the collection of 183 rare artifacts will be the “largest collection of Ramses II” items to ever leave Egypt; it’s also the first time in more than 30 years that artifacts connected with the famous pharaoh are touring outside the country, according to a release.

And don’t worry if you’re planning to visit the museum before the fall. There’ll still be plenty of fascinating things to see.

Take, for instance, Victoria, the world’s largest and most complete touring T-rex skeleton. Her extended vacay in the Bayou City—complete with a new, state-of-the-art exhibit 66 million years in the making—starts today and runs through September 12.

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