I was very kindly invited to the Press Opening of Tutankhamun. However, as always, all opinions are entirely my own.
My love for Egyptology is a lot. It stems from my Dad’s love of the subject so being able to take him to the Press Opening of Tutankhamun, Treasures of the Golden Pharoah was such an incredible afternoon. The exhibition includes 150 authentic objects from the tomb of Tutankhamun and is the only exhibition to feature authentic objects from Tutankhamun’s tomb, 60 of which have never left Egypt before!
With more than 250,000 tickets sold before the exhibition had even opened, the show is most definitely living up to its title as the hottest ticket in town. Produced by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities and IMG, this exhibition of Tutankhamun’s treasures is now open at Saatchi Gallery until Sunday 3 May 2020 so be sure to book in advance and don’t miss out. London is the third stop in a ten-city world tour, which broke records in Los Angeles before becoming France’s most attended exhibition of all time with more than 1.4 million attendees. What records will we break here in London!?
World-renowned archaeologist, Dr Zahi Hawass, said: “The UK has long had an affinity for the Boy King ever since his discovery by British archaeologist Howard Carter on 4 Nov 1922. Massive crowds are already preparing for the opportunity to behold his treasures one last time before they return to Egypt and their final home in the Grand Egyptian Museum.”
One of my most favourite articles on display was the world-famous gold coffinette, beautifully inlaid, was used to store the liver of Tutankhamun. The organs were dealt with separately from the body during the mummification process meaning each organ had its own coffinette and there were up to four of these found within Tutankhamun’s tomb. It always shocks me just how well preserved everything was for being thousands of years old.
Both my Dad and I walked around all of the galleries in awe; we read every single piece of text we could lay our eyes on, gawped at every single one of the 150 items on display and discussed our love of Egypt and it’s incredible history. We learnt so much and I saw things I never thought I’d see as I don’t think I will ever make it to Egypt. My parents have been a couple of times and were even allowed into Tutankhamun’s tomb many moons ago, long before I was born so it was amazing to hear stories from my parent’s travels as we wander through the exhibition.
The exhibition will ultimately travel to additional markets around the world before Tutankhamun’s objects go on permanent display at the new Grand Egyptian Museum in Cairo, Egypt.
Tickets to this London based exhibition are sold in 30-minute entry slots, but you are welcome to spend as much time as you like enjoying the exhibition so you won’t be asked to leave. Entry starts at £24.50 for an off-peak adult and is £28.50 for adults during peak times such as weekends and can be booked here.