February 24, 2021 — Only a few weeks remain to see the extraordinary exhibition Queen Nefertari’s Egypt at the Kimbell Art Museum. Through March 14, visitors can explore beautifully crafted objects from ancient Egypt that celebrate royal and daily life from more than 3,000 years ago.
Drawn from the Museo Egizio in Turin, Italy, one of the most important and extensive collections of ancient Egyptian works in the world, these exceptional objects highlight the role of women—goddesses, queens and artisans—in Egypt’s New Kingdom period (c. 1539–1075 B.C.). Visitors can expect to see majestic statues, exquisite jewelry, decorated vases, papyrus manuscripts, carved steles, splendid stone sarcophagi and intricately painted wooden coffins, as well as tools and items of daily life from the craftsmen who built the royal tombs.
The exhibition is organized by the Museo Egizio, Turin, and StArt, in collaboration with the Kimbell Art Museum. It is supported by the Texas Commission on the Arts, the Crystelle Waggoner Charitable Trust, the Fort Worth Tourism Public Improvement District and the Consulate General of Italy in Houston. Promotional support is provided by American Airlines, NBC 5 and PaperCity.
In the exhibition audio tour, Jennifer Casler Price, organizing curator and curator of Asian, African and Ancient American art at the Kimbell Art Museum, and collaborators Dr. Christian Greco, director of the Museo Egizio, and Julián Zugazagoitia, director of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, discuss the objects and themes on view in the Renzo Piano Pavilion galleries.
Special exhibition audio tours are available for purchase and are available only on the Kimbell App for Apple and Android devices. Visitors can purchase the tour access code for $4 ($3 for members) online or at the Piano Pavilion ticket desk.
Tickets and Visitor Guidelines
Tickets for Queen Nefertari’s Egypt are available for purchase in the Piano Pavilion only. Online tickets are no longer offered for this exhibition, and there are no timed tickets. Kimbell members can skip the general admission line with priority access during regular public hours and also enjoy special members-only early-entry hours on Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturdays from 9 to 10 a.m., and Sundays from 11 a.m. to noon through the end of the exhibition. To learn more about membership benefits, visit kimbellart.org/join-us.
Due to social distancing and other safety requirements, capacity is limited in the galleries. Visitors may experience long lines and wait times, especially on the weekends. Typically, there is little to no wait time on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Admission to Queen Nefertari’s Egypt is $18 for adults, $16 for seniors and students, $14 for ages 6–11 and free for children under 6. Admission is half-price all day on Tuesdays and after 5 p.m. on Fridays.
The Kimbell has implemented new guidelines for staff and visitors that support state and local health and safety recommendations. Visitors are encouraged to review the museum's visitor guidelines and response to COVID-19.
Free online experiences, videos and downloadable resources complement the on-site visit and offer new ways to engage with Queen Nefertari’s Egypt from home.
This online tour offers a closer look at objects on view with expanded label text not available in the galleries. Selected text panels are available in both English and Spanish. Parents and educators can access educational resources and art-making activities to bring selected objects and themes to life. Visit the tour at kimbellart.org/nefertari-tour.
Inaugural Lecture: Museo Egizio, Its Collections and Current Research
In this prerecorded online talk, Christian Greco, director of the Museo Egizio, explores the history of one of the most important collections of Egyptian material outside Cairo, with a focus on scientific research. These investigations are an important part of archaeology and Egyptology, resulting in better understanding and preservation of collections—including those featured in Queen Nefertari’s Egypt. Watch this and other videos on the Kimbell’s YouTube channel.
2D Tomb Experience Video
A three-minute video tour of Queen Nefertari’s tomb offers a fly-through experience of one of the most resplendent tombs in the Valley of the Queens. This video is produced and furnished by National Geographic and Falcon's Creative. 2D visual model created and provided by Andrey Plaksin.
Activities for Kids and Families
Kimbell Kids activity guides provide information and activities for families to explore special exhibitions and the museum. Guides are available for download to complement the on-site visit or to enjoy at home.
Explore Egyptian Art (ages 6–11)
Design Your Own Stela (ages 6 and up)
Amulet Soap Sculptures (ages 8 and up)
Spanish-Language Art Kits
Dual-language art kits include art supplies and activity instructions inspired by Queen Nefertari’s Egypt. Supported in part by the Nuestro Kimbell committee, which advises and helps shape the Kimbell's ongoing efforts to foster meaningful, inclusive and accessible museum experiences for all, the kits are distributed throughout North Texas to community organizations and schools. Quantities are limited and are available while supplies last. To request a kit or for more information, contact [email protected]
About the Kimbell Art Museum
The Kimbell Art Museum, owned and operated by the Kimbell Art Foundation, is internationally renowned for both its collections and its architecture. The Kimbell’s collections range in period from antiquity to the 20th century and include European masterpieces by artists such as Fra Angelico, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Bernini, Velázquez, Monet, Cézanne, Picasso and Matisse; important collections of Egyptian and classical antiquities; and the art of Asia, Africa and the Ancient Americas.
The museum’s 1972 building, designed by the American architect Louis I. Kahn, is widely regarded as one of the outstanding architectural achievements of the modern era. A second building, designed by world-renowned Italian architect Renzo Piano, opened in 2013 and now provides space for special exhibitions, dedicated classrooms and a 289-seat auditorium with excellent acoustics for music. For more information, visit kimbellart.org.
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