The Pharaohs in Old Montreal

Radio-Canada looks at the new Egypt exhibit at Pointe-à-Callière and also back at the 1985 exhibit about Ramses II that was mounted in the building that was no longer the France pavilion but not yet the Casino. They mention that 600,000 people were expected, but only 100,000 went to see it. I recall walking around a big Horus falcon sculpted in smooth black stone, dramatically lit in the middle of a room, and with nobody else around.

The pavilion was also used for a big exhibit on China – the following year, I think – which was just as deserted when I went, and I think it was reasonably concluded that hardly anyone was going to go there for cultural stuff.