Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs was announced today as the next Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition for Melbourne Museum, to open on 8 April 2011.
This will be the first time the exhibition visits Australia. It has been phenomenally popular worldwide, with seven million visitors to recent showings in Chicago, New York and London and other cities. The exhibition focuses on the 18th Dynasty, a 250-year period when Egypt was at the height of its power under the reign of Tutankhamun and his ancestors. 50 treasures from his tomb and 80 further artefacts from Ancient Egyptian rulers will be on display. The story of the tomb’s discovery and latest research on Tutankhamun’s death is also presented.
Tutankhamun was the last king of Egypt’s most powerful family of the 18th Dynasty, and ruled during a revolutionary period of Egyptian history. The boy king died under mysterious circumstances around the age of 19, having ruled for about 10 years (1333–1323 BC). His tomb was uncovered in 1922 by Howard Carter and it inspired a fascination with Ancient Egypt that influenced fashion, design and culture worldwide.
MV CEO Patrick Greene spoke at the announcement today, recalling when he first saw Tutankhamun artefacts in London in 1972. “They are breathtaking: alabaster, rare woods, precious stones and lavish amounts of gold were used by the craftsmen to create perfume jars, furniture, statues, and even miniature sarcophagi that contained the organs of the deceased.”
“There will be only one other venue in the world for the exhibition after Melbourne before the wonderful objects return to Cairo, to be made ready for display in the Grand Museum of Egypt that is being constructed near the Pyramids,” explained Dr Greene.
When Howard Carter first opened the tomb, his patron, Lord Carnavron, asked, “Can you see anything?” Carter replied, “Yes, wonderful things.” Dr Greene paraphrased this famous quote when he described the exhibition. “When Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs opens on April 8 next year, it will like standing with Howard Carter at the entrance to the tomb in 1922. We too will be dazzled by wonderful things.”
This exhibition is organised by the National Geographic Society, Arts and Exhibitions International and IMG, with cooperation from the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities.
The exhibition will run until November 6, 2011, but you are strongly encouraged to pre-register your interest on the King Tut Melbourne website.
Good luck in April!
Hi Jasmine, please take a look at the comments and questions above for lots of information about the exhibition and dates.
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Hi Everyone, Thank you for contacting the Discovery Centre with your enquiry regarding the Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs exhibition. I am pleased to say that the exhibition is unaffected by the recent upheaval in Egypt and will go ahead as planned.
We look forward to your visit; please do contact us with any further questions regarding the Museum's collections or fields of research.
Hi Lidia, tickets can be purchased on the Tickets page of the website. If you have any further questions you should contact Ticketek directly.
We still don't know at this stage when the second lot of tickets will go on sale. Please keep an eye on the website for updates, by pre-rigistering to that site you should be notified when the next round of tickets are released.
Hi Moshika, yes you can buy the audio tour when you come to the museum.
On average it takes about 1 1/2 hours to see the exhibition, you are not asked to leave so you are able to take as long as you need.
Hi Tunde King
Tutankhamun’s Golden Mask (or Funerary Mask or Death Mask) is at its home in Cairo at The Egyptian Museum. It is a very popular object that traveled in the 1970s exhibition; so many individuals have fond memories of it. Because it is so fragile, the Egyptian government has decided that it will not travel again.
Tutankhamun’s mummy and his inner sarcophagus are still in his tomb in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt. The outer sarcophagi and shrines are at the Cairo Museum. Neither the mummy nor any of the sarcophagi have ever travelled - in fact, the mummy has never left the Valley of the Kings!
The exhibition will feature just over 130 original artefacts. There is an additional display area where the latest research and forensic analysis on Tutankhamun’s death is also presented, including an exact 3D replica of Tut’s mummified body.
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