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The Ancient Art Council is dedicated to supporting Antiquities at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.


For all those who share an interest in ancient art and the preservation and promotion of antiquities and culture of the ancient Mediterranean and Near East, the Ancient Art Council offers lectures by noted archaeologists, curators, and historians; exclusive tours of the permanent collection and special exhibitions; travel to other collections; receptions and opportunities to meet fellow enthusiasts of antiquities and the ancient world.

Plan Your Visit

The Ancient Art Council is located within the Legion of Honor.

100 34th Avenue, Lincoln Park
San Francisco, CA 94121

Anthropoid Coffin of Iret-hor-irou
Egyptian, Dynasty 30, 380–343 BC
Cedar with traces of polychrome
Gift of Diane B. Wilsey in memory of Alfred S. Wilsey

Regular Hours

Tuesday–Sunday: 9:30 am–5:15 pm

The Legion of Honor is Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Check the calendar for special hours.


Thank you for helping us acquire our first Egyptian royal portrait—a carved limestone relief of Ptolemy I Soter


Explore the Ancient Art Council: Upcoming Events


December 3, 2022, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (PST)

Rehearsed Reading of HELEN by Euripides


January 28, 2023, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (PST)

Ramses the Great: How "great" was he?


January 21, 2023, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (PST)

Ramses the Great through Nubian Eyes


February 4, 2023, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (PST)

The ancient Egyptian imagery of the Beyond in the Ramesside Period

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Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs

Ramses II, also known as Ramses the Great, was the most celebrated and powerful pharaoh of the New Kingdom—Egypt’s golden age. Believed to be a god on Earth, he ruled for 67 years as part of the 19th Dynasty, erecting enormous temples, obelisks, and statues and expanding Egypt’s empire. This state-of-the-art exhibition features the greatest collection of Ramses II objects and Egyptian jewelry ever to travel to the United States. Along with the pharaoh's colossal royal sculpture, the exhibition highlights recently discovered animal mummies and treasures from the royal tombs of Dahshur and Tanis in Lower Egypt.

Visitors can walk among towering statues and immerse themselves in multimedia productions that re-create moments from Ramses’ life, including his triumph at Kadesh, the largest chariot battle ever fought. An optional virtual reality experience, "Ramses & Nefertari: Journey to Osiris," offers a breathtaking tour of two of Ramses’ most impressive monuments: Abu Simbel and Nefertari’s tomb.

August 20, 2022 - February 13, 2023


Ancient Art Council supports Antiquities at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.