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From 25 October 2019 to 28 June 2020
Thursday - Friday 10 am - 6 pm
Saturday, Sunday and public holidays 10 am – 8 pm
(on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday the exhibition is closed)


Altinate San Gaetano Cultural Centre
Via Altinate 71 - Padova


Monday to Friday
Mon/Fri: 9am – 6pm | sat: 9am – 2pm

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The exhibition

An itinerary designed to let visitors experience the emotions felt by the explorer in unplundered tombs, temples and pitch-dark pyramids, appreciating the hard toil and – above all - the thrill of discovery.

The exhibition spaces offer visitors the chance to learn about Egypt, immersing themselves in an incredible experience. Stepping inside the exhibition, Egypt comes to life before the visitor’s eyes: the feeling of inching through narrow tunnels built thousands of years ago, of finding one’s way in the dark, of camping out inside tombs and battling on with sand in one’s eyes, in suffocating temperatures, all makes Belzoni’s Egypt a realistic adventure for visitors.

The ambient reconstructions, digital technology and special effects make the exhibition an exciting experience for visitors of all ages, while the precious exhibits on show make it truly outstanding. The exhibition also includes items personally brought back by Belzoni and by Drovetti, Salt and Ricci - some of those who accompanied him on several expeditions  – along with prestigious antiquities on loan from Italian and international museums, some on show for the first time ever.

The exhibition itinerary centres around Belzoni’s three expeditions to Egypt, which visitors can experience first-hand thanks to a combination of advanced immersive technologies with full multimedia experiences. The full-scale reproductions of monuments and historical artefacts provide a unique visual and emotional impact, while strategically positioned touchscreen monitors offer fascinating insight into the history and culture of ancient Egypt. Visitors are also accompanied by a series of considerations and images taken from Belzoni’s Narrative: original illustrated plates hand-drawn by the Padua-born explorer, preserved in pristine condition, that narrate episodes and details worthy of any adventure movie. An epic, intrepid life which – much later - inspired director George Lucas to create the character of Indiana Jones for the film Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981).


Altinate San Gaetano Cultural Centre
Via Altinate 71 - Padua

Some exhibits on show

Exhibits from Florence

Florence, National Archaeological Museum

Exhibits from Turin

Turin, Egyptian Museum/p>

Visits for school groups

The exhibition is geared to welcome school groups of all types and age groups, proposing different teaching activities to help students discover the fascinating world of ancient Egypt and its artefacts. Discover and book interactive itineraries and sensory workshops designed for children and teenagers

Group itineraries

Exhibition itineraries for ALL accompanied by experts plus EXCLUSIVE experiences that are perfect for would-be explorers: choose from various formats designed for groups, and work with the organisation to create a tailor-made experience.

Exhibition hours
Thursday - Friday 10 am - 6 pm
Sunday - Saturday 10 am - 8 pm
Info and bookings
Call Center Hours - Mon/Fri: 9am – 6pm / Saturday: 9am – 2pm
Comune di Padova Camera di Commercio Padova Fondazione Cassa Risparmio di Padova e Rovigo Città d'arte del Veneto Gruppo ICAT