Ancient Art Council

Ancient Art Department

Ancient Art Council
Legion of Honor

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

Few archaeological discoveries in recent years have so radically changed our understanding of a region and a culture as the recently excavated objects on view in the exhibition Roads of Arabia. Over two hundred works, some produced locally and others imported, illustrate the impact of both trade and pilgrimage on the material and economic culture of the Arabian peninsula for millennia. The speaker, also curator of Roads of Arabia, will discuss the ground-breaking exhibition and some of its iconic objects, ranging from mysterious stele, monumental sculpture, to fragile glassware and vibrantly colored wall paintings.

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.



Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Florence Gould Theater, Legion of Honor

Dr. Massumeh Farhad

This lecture is free and open to the public after museum admission. Donations are always welcome.


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.

May 7, 2021 - August 29, 2021