The huge King Tutankhamun exhibition is coming to Sydney, and this is your last chance to see it before it heads home to Egypt for good. The exhibition contains over 150 artefacts from the famous pharaoh’s tomb and yeah, it’s kind of a big deal.
The Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh exhibition, held at our own Australian Museum, will include the king’s famous gold coffinette, which held his liver (his organs were removed in the mummification process); his alabaster wishing cup; and a ceremonial wooden bed with lion’s feet. Plus, this exhibition contains over 60 artefacts that have never before left Egypt.
It’s been touted as the largest ever King Tut exhibition to be shown outside of Egypt, and it’s touring to ten cities around the world. The exhibition marks a hundred years since the discovery of the boy king’s tomb in 1922 by the British archaeologist Howard Carter.
K, so it’s not coming to Sydney till early 2021. Buuut, by then the Australian Museum will have completed a cool $50 million worth of renovations, including expanded exhibition halls and new education facilities. That’s a good thing, because they want to fit up to 800,000 visitors over the exhibition’s six-month run.
Apparently, this is the last time the Tutankhamun collection will travel outside of Egypt. So if you’re the type of person who plans their museum visits waaay in advance, make this one down in your 2021 iCal.
Can't wait that long? There's heaps to do in Sydney this week.
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