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Milwaukee museum gears up for Cleopatra exhibit

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Milwaukee Public Museum is gearing up for its new exhibit on Cleopatra.

A 16-foot granite statue of a king dating from Cleopatra's dynasty is being uncrated at the museum on Wednesday.

The 5.5-ton Ptolemaic king was recovered from Heracleion, a sunken ancient city near Alexandria, Egypt after centuries beneath the Mediterranean Sea.

"Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt" begins Oct. 14 and features nearly 150 artifacts, including statuary, jewelry, daily items, coins and religious tokens, from Cleopatra's time.

It was organized by the National Geographic Society and Arts and Exhibitions International. Milwaukee is the third city to host the show.

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