Past Exhibitions

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Past Exhibitions

Since its reopening in 1991, the Bowers Museum has hosted more than 80 exhibitions such as Treasures from the Royal Tombs of Ur, Secret World of the Forbidden City, The World of the Etruscans, Tibet: Treasures from the Roof of the World, Queen of Sheba: Legend and Reality, Mummies: Death and the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt, Terra Cotta Warriors: Guardians of China's First Emperor, Art of the Samurai: Selections from the Tokyo National Museum, Lucy's Legacy: The Hidden Treasures of Ethiopia, and Gods and Gifts: Treasures from the Vatican Ethnographic Museum.

December 10, 2016 - April 9, 2017

In 1876 Madame Helena Modjeska, already a famous Polish stage actress, sailed across the Atlantic in search of the American Dream. Settling not far from the Bowers Museum, she eventually returned to the stage, preferring to showcase her incredible talent in Shakespeare’s most demanding roles.

November 19, 2016- February 26, 2017

Seen & Unseen celebrates the work of Imogen Cunningham, one of America’s most influential photographers. This exhibition is a rarely seen presentation of Cunningham’s seductive and dynamic photographs. Visitors to the exhibition will experience 60 framed silver gelatin prints on loan from the Imogen Cunningham Trust, many of which were made by the late Rondal Partridge,

Opens October 8, 2016 - January 29, 2017

We respectfully ask that offerings of flowers, candles, perishable material and personal items are not brought into the gallery or left within the exhibition.

April 16, 2016 - August 28, 2016

Once Upon a Time... Exploring the World of Fairy Tales is a unique and educational exhibit focusing on the power and significance of fairy tales throughout history and from around the world.

From an African jungle to a giant’s castle, explore larger-than-life pages of seven favorite fairy tales. Enter via a magical portal into a fabulous storybook kingdom, and learn the meaning and history of tales you’ve known all your life and others that may be new.

March 19, 2016 - September 5, 2016

Inside every mummy is a story waiting to be told.

Mummies of the World portrays a once-in-a-lifetime collection of real mummies and artifacts from across the globe. This compelling collection, presented with reverence and dignity, includes ancient mummies dating back as far as 4,500 years.

November 14, 2015 - January 3, 2016

Guo Pei’s stunning gown, titled The Great Queen, made its first impressive appearance in a 2009 show of the designer’s haute couture works. The gown achieved worldwide recognition when Rihanna wore it to this spring’s Met Gala in New York City.

Closed

This exhibition explores a hidden phenomenon right inside of an Egyptian mummy mask! During the mask’s first inspection at the museum, a photograph of the interior revealed the distinct impression of a human face.