Ancient Art Council

Ancient Art Department

Ancient Art Council
Legion of Honor

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

Renowned Egyptologist Dr. David Silverman will present an illustrated lecture about Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt, an exhibition currently touring the United States. The result of continuing underwater archaeological expeditions in Egypt near the cities of Alexandria, Heraklion, and Canopus for two decades, the objects in the exhibition represent part of the ongoing search for information about Egypt's last pharaoh.

Designated a San Francisco Landmark, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and home to a collection of Coloonial and Federal decorative arts, the Octagon House celebrates its 150th anniversay this year. The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in California acquried this charming landmark in 1952.

Wine generously donated by Eugene & Katrina Kirkham and Cody Gillette Kirkham, Casa Nuestra Winery. Bread donated by Acme Bread Company. Salumi donated by Fra' Mani Handcrafted Salumi.

Ancient Art Council thanks the following donors and supporters: Rolf and Charlotte Scherman, Eloise Jonas, Casa Nuestra Winery, Acme Bread Company, Fra Mani' Handcrafted Salumi

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About Programs at the Ancient Art Council

Programs are varied and include such activities as lectures by noted archaeologists, museum curators, and ancient art historians; exclusive tours of the Museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions; fund-raising events; and travel programs to ancient sites and other museums. Members also receive invitations from related organizations to attend lectures ad exhibition openings. Your annual membership dues and contributions will assist in furthering the Ancient Art collection at the Fine Arts Museums.



A private wine reception and lecture

Octagon House, 2645 Gough Street, San Francisco

Dr. David Silverman

$75.00 per person to benefit the Ancient Art Council supporting ancient art at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Additional donations are welcome. RSVP:


Explore the Ancient Art Council: Upcoming Events


The Saga of Queen Zenobia and the Oasis City of Palmyra


A New Look at Ancient Nubia: Magic and Mystery on the Nile


On the Road from Persepolis


Deciphering Demons: Underworld Figures in Egypt and Etruria

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

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



Last Supper in Pompeii: From the Table to the Grave

This exhibition reveals how, before Mount Vesuvius blew up in AD 79 and rocked the Bay of Naples, people in Pompeii and nearby farms and villages were engaged in typical daily activities, many of which revolved around food and drink.

Dates TBD