Video: Sunken Cities at British Museum

Bettany Hughes ventures into the deep to discover the remarkable story of Egypt’s underwater wonderlands.

The British Museum’s captivating exhibition, Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds, tells the tale of the two ancient metropolises lost to the sea for 1,000 years, and their recent re-discovery. From intricate gold rings to colossal sculptures, the once thriving Greco-Eygptian cities of Thonis-Hercaleion and Canopus are brought back to life through 200 underwater discoveries.


Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds is at British Museum until 27 November, 50% off with a National Art Pass. We asked the show's two curators to share their personal must-see objects with us.

Venue details

British Museum Great Russell Street London WC1B 3DG 020 7323 8181

Entry details

50% off with National Art Pass

Daily, 10am – 5.30pm (Fri until 8.30pm)

Closed 24 – 26 Dec and 1 Jan

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