Installing the colossal statues in front of the museum


Saved from the depths off Egypt’s Mediterranean coast: the spectacular exhibition shows almost 300 statues and cult objects, sarcophagi and sacred images from sixteen centuries. They come from two legendary towns, Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus, which sank below the sea and were lost in the 8th century AD. Old questions are answered, new stories are recounted.



Ancient texts help specialists locate sunken towns, as does the latest technical equipment. A nuclear magnetic resonance  magnetometer makes it possible to detect objects underwater—even if they are covered by sand.



Numerous experts must contribute their knowledge before an object can be discovered, recovered, allocated, described and exhibited in the museum. This list ranges from an underwater archaeologist and historic coin researcher through to a museologist.


Underwater exploration