King Tut heading to Melbourne Museum

30 October, 2010

Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs
Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs

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.

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David Caldecoat 30 October, 2010 14:42
This is FANTASTIC news I can not wait. Great to here Melbourne can out do Sydney with having this FANTASTIC exibition. AWESOME COOL
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Jeff Paul 31 October, 2010 23:33
Could you please supply more information regarding this exhibition as I have an eight year old boy that is totaly facinated with Egyptoligy and has been since he was three. We now feel we need to assist him as much as possible in this study. Regards Jeff Paul Pt Hedland W.A.
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Ale Dunn 1 November, 2010 11:38
Awesome The Big Daddy of all Exhibitions Can't wait Looking forward to it all. Congratulations Museum Victoria
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Discovery Centre 1 November, 2010 16:33
Hi Jeff, there is some information in many sections of the Melbourne exhibition website and more will  appear as it gets closer. For the moment you can look at the US version as well. There are heaps of sites about Tutankhamun and ancient Egypt and two great ones are the BBC Ancient History Egyptians site and the British Museum website. You might also like to have a look at some of the great videos by Egyptologist Zahi Hawass that are available on You Tube.
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celeste 2 November, 2010 13:22
Cannot wait!! Have been studying Ancient Egypt in class, and really want to learn more!! Teacher says we can't go on a excursion to Egypt so this will be the next best thing for me. YAY!!
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Lyn Macchetta 3 November, 2010 11:36
I have not long returned from Egypt where I saw all these wonderful artefacts and my passion for anything ancient Egyptian was realised. Thank you to The Melbourne Museum for making this dream a reality for those who are unable to travel abroad.
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Nadine 6 November, 2010 08:19
This is fantastic news. My husband and I are leaving for a tour of Egypt in April and would love to get across to Melbourne prior to our departure. Are we able to pre-purchase tickets?
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Angela 8 November, 2010 19:18
This is WONDERFUL news, looking forward to seeing exhibit.
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emma 9 November, 2010 09:24
so excitted, carnt wait... i found the date of opening but carn't find the dates for how long the exhibition is on for. Does anyone no?
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Discovery Centre 9 November, 2010 10:34
Hi Nadine, please pre-register in the Tickets section of the exhibition website under 'External Links' at right.
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Discovery Centre 9 November, 2010 12:03
Hi Emma, the exhibition will be at Melbourne Museum from April 8 through November 6, 2011. However, you can only buy tickets through to July 17 2011 when tickets go on sale at the end of the month. Julie, ticket prices differ between peak and off-peak times to encourage an even spread of visitors across all session times.
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Lizzy 11 November, 2010 14:51
This is awesome! I love Ancient Egypt. I can't wait! Please tell me is students would get a discount or what the estimated prices would be?
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Discovery Centre 11 November, 2010 15:00
Hi, Lizzy - we're excited too! Comprehensive info about pricing and concessions is available from the King Tut website.
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melissa 11 November, 2010 18:16
When does the exhibition finish? I am planning on flying down from Sydney but I am due to give birth in April so I am wondering how long this will be in Australia for.
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Discovery Centre 13 November, 2010 12:03

Hi Melissa,

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!

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rach =) 14 November, 2010 19:03
this is great :) i would love to go, just saw about it on sunday night. planning it now its quite a drive :)xo
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Lisa Peters 14 November, 2010 20:27
I have just come back from Egypt and my visit to the valley of the kings was the highlight of my trip as was the trip to see his treasures in the Cairo museum. I would love to see his treasures again in Melbourne.
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Cathy 14 November, 2010 20:44
Hi just heard about this. Have registered. Do you give me dates to choose? I have 2 uni students to organize their times around. So not sure of definite dates. we will be coming from Sydney. thanks Cathy
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george 15 November, 2010 11:06
We will not be able to get to melbourne till august or sept. The cut off date for prepurchases is 17july can discovery centre please advise what happens after that, how will tickets be sold for after 17 july. thanks
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Discovery Centre 15 November, 2010 13:20
Hi Cathy & George, all ticketing information currently available is on the Ticket Times & Prices page on the website. If you have any further questions you should contact Ticketek directly.
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Katie 15 November, 2010 16:50
Can you tell me when Tutankhamen artefacts arrive in Melbourne? Just because I am travelling to Cairo in March and Im fearing now that I'll miss out on seeing them!
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Steve Naylor 17 November, 2010 20:18
The exhibit is fantastic I have seen it in New York, and cannot wait to see it again
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Kerry Thompson 18 November, 2010 00:36
Are tickets being sold in two separate blocks one for tickets from 8 April to July 17 and then another at a later time for a new block from July 18 to November 6 Many thanks
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Discovery Centre 20 November, 2010 10:01
Hi Kerry, yes that's exactly right.
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Nmuzza 22 November, 2010 19:03
To the first comment by David Caldecoat. Why the competition with Sydney. You Melbournites are the ones that care so much. Sydney doesn't care. Get over it. I'm actually coming to Melbourne to see it.
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Paula 23 November, 2010 13:37
My aunt is a huge fan of King Tut, I am wondering if there is a special opening night that tickets are available to? I have looked on the official website but cannot find any reference to opening night?
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Discovery Centre 25 November, 2010 10:27
Paula, there are no concrete plans for opening night events at this stage, but Premium VIP packages are available throughout the exhibition for those looking for an extra-special experience. Contact Ticketek for further info, and enjoy the exhibition! 
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jasmine 1 December, 2010 15:14
what is the final date to get tickets to tutankahmun in melb 2011?
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Discovery Centre 3 December, 2010 12:12

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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sylvia diprose 6 December, 2010 07:59
This looks wonderful. Plan to come across from Auckland to see the exhibition. Can I buy tickets from NZ?
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Discovery Centre 6 December, 2010 15:41
Hi Sylvia, you can purchase tickets to the Tutankhamun Exhibition from New Zealand by going to the website and purchasing tickets online.
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David Caldecoat 15 December, 2010 15:15
Is It Known if the 25foot high statue of Anubis that stands out side the exihibtion is coming at all
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Zulfia 16 December, 2010 10:15
Hello, I am extremely excited to visit the exhibition. However, I am expecting a baby in early Feb, so wondering will infants be allowed in the exhibition and do I have to purchase the tickets in advance or is it possible to buy them at the museum? How long (days/ weeks?) will the exhibition be in Melbourne?
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Discovery Centre 20 December, 2010 11:00
Hi Zulfia! Infants are allowed to enter the exhibition, just be aware that double prams are too wide to enter. It is certainly advisable that you purchase tickets in advance, this will mean that you are able to choose a time that will suit you and you baby. All tickets are available for pre-sale and we do not expect to have any available for sale on the day. We anticipate that the exhibition will be open until November 2011.
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Discovery Centre 22 December, 2010 10:25
Hi David, whilst the Anubis statue will not be touring, the exhibition features just over 130 original artefacts that were carefully chosen to tell a comprehensive story about Tutankhamun and Ancient Egypt before and during his reign. Fifty of these artefacts came from Tutankhamun’s tomb. The exhibition is displayed in two parts: the first features artefacts associated with Tutankhamun’s predecessors, and explores Ancient Egypt prior to Tutankhamun’s reign; the second part of the exhibition features objects found in Tutankhamun’s tomb by Howard Carter in 1922.
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Geri Levinge 30 December, 2010 16:21
Can't wait already have 2 tickets for the same day, ties in well with the visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Melbourne in June.Was in Egypt 2 years ago, I understand these articles were never on display in the Grand Museum in Cairo, wonderful!!!
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Chloe 21 January, 2011 11:18
Awesome.. I love Ancient Egypt and I'm definatley going to be going from Sydney to Melbourne just to see it :)
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denise 22 January, 2011 13:50
Is there an advantage to seeing the exhibit in the evening?
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pauline murray 30 January, 2011 15:13
my friend & i came to see pompeii exhibit & she prebooked tickets for my birthday, only to find we could have just walked in off the street. does this situation apply this time for tut? i am coming to see it but i wont know till the last minute if my grandson will beable to come with me,so i didnt really want to prebook these tickets.thanks
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jared and christy restworth 1 February, 2011 03:44
hi me and my wife christy were wondering if you could provide us with more information regarding this exibition because we are both still in college and are doing a project about this very pharoh and we could use the info thankyou
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Trish 1 February, 2011 07:24
With the trouble in Egypt will the whole of the exhibits be still coming to Melbourne? Planning to come from NZ just to see this exhibition. Thanks
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Lyndell 1 February, 2011 08:46
Is the exhibition in doubt now due to the current riots in Egypt?
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Discovery Centre 1 February, 2011 15:29

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.

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Discovery Centre 2 February, 2011 14:04
Hi Pauline - booking tickets is the only way to guarantee you can secure tickets to the exhibition. We cannot guarantee that you will be able to buy a ticket at the door if the sessions have booked out in advance, but if the session is not booked out, the tickets will be available at the door. Therefore we strongly recommend advance booking to avoid missing out.
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Janet McDonald 6 February, 2011 22:07
Will we be able to take and use cameras? and will there be any merchandise (hats/shirts/key rings that sort of thing) for purchase? just bought my tickets, so excited to go to exhibition!!!
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Discovery Centre 7 February, 2011 12:43
Hello Janet! Photography is not permitted within the exhibition, but there will be a catalogue available for purchase in the dedicated exhibition shop, along with many other souvenirs and items.
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Rockpool 16 February, 2011 08:45
cant wait. Travelling from Mackay to Melbourne to see it! :)
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Lidia 17 February, 2011 15:10
It is very difficult to find the information on your website how to make a booking. Please advise.
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Discovery Centre 17 February, 2011 15:52

Hi Lidia, tickets can be purchased on the Tickets page of the website. If you have any further questions you should contact Ticketek directly.

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Peter 26 February, 2011 01:23
When will tickets be released for after July?
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Discovery Centre 1 March, 2011 14:39

Hi Peter,

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.

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neale scott 2 March, 2011 12:50
i need ticket for august and not the response to peter yesterday the link you advised him does not provide access to pre-register please advise me the correct link thanks
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Discovery Centre 3 March, 2011 16:26
Hi Neale - if you follow the link in the previous post and head to the section called 'Newsletter', this is where you register to recieve updates on ticket availability
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Michelle 14 March, 2011 14:13
I have my parents and friends coming over on the first week of augest to see king tut, how can i get them tix when its only up till july the 17th?
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Julie Cheetham 14 March, 2011 17:24
I am going to Egypt on 18th March and visiting the Cairo Museum on 21st March. Will the Tutankhamen exhibits coming to Australia still be in Cairo on that date. I sometimes can't believe my luck. Been wanting to see this for years and when I finally save enough to go, it looks like Tutankhamen will be in Melbourne :(
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Discovery Centre 17 March, 2011 09:51
Hi Michelle, please see our reply to Peter on 1 March about the next round of ticket releases.
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Discovery Centre 17 March, 2011 10:00
Hi Julie, there are 130 artefacts in exhibition features just over 130 original artefacts that were carefully chosen to tell a comprehensive story about Tutankhamun and Ancient Egypt before and during his reign. Fifty of these artefacts came from Tutankhamun’s tomb. There were thousands of artefacts in the tomb itself, so there will be plenty of objects for you to see at the National Museum of Cairo when you are there.
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Peter Withey 28 March, 2011 03:54
I visited the Cairo Museum last Tuesday 22nd and as Julie has no doubt discovered Tutankhamun's funeral mask and many other of the artifacts are still on display there. Beautiful, it made the overnight rail journey from Luxor very well worth while.
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Peter Withey 28 March, 2011 21:52
A comment on Janet McDonald's question about the use of cameras. In Cairo cameras are not allowed into the museum. You either leave them in the transport you arrive in or if you want use your camera in the grounds of the museum, plenty of exhibits there, you have to hand it in to a kiosk before entering the museum where you go through a scanner to make certain you are camera free.
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Moshika Chandra 2 April, 2011 16:59
Hi I have bought my tickets, but i was wondering can we purchase the audio tour when we come to pick up our tickets? As i didn't purchase them along with the tickets Thanks.
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joseph fox 4 April, 2011 19:30
What a coop for Melbourne.My favourite assignment at school some 40 years ago was Egypt! My 4 children also are related to Howard Carter on their mums side, a great great Uncle!
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Discovery Centre 5 April, 2011 13:03

Hi Moshika, yes you can buy the audio tour when you come to the museum.

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Shauna 6 April, 2011 12:22
"Enhance your exhibition experience – purchase an Audio Tour narrated by Omar Sharif $7.50 each In conjunction with the exhibition, Egypt 3D will be screened in the Exhibition Theatre $8.50 per ticket" Does this have to be pre-booked or can I purchase ticket online and add these extras on arrival?
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mary hipwell 6 April, 2011 20:24
bloody wonderful
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Discovery Centre 7 April, 2011 15:55
Hi Shauna, you are welcome to purchase the exhibition ticket online and the audio tour when you come to the exhibition if you wish to.
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Ruth 13 April, 2011 10:48
Can't wait to see it in June. Saw it in 2008 in Austria. I'm guessing it's the same exhibit right? It's just that amazing you'd be crazy to miss out!
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Jewel of the Nile 14 April, 2011 16:35
I am absolutely busting to see this exhibition. Got tickets for Christmas, about the time it was first advertised. Went to Egypt in 89. The morning I left for Egypt, had to go in the city to get camera and the opera "Aida" was on and had a Sphinx replica in the square. All I could think was I was going to see the real thing soon. I rode a camel in the Sahara desert, visited the majestic pyramids, spent 3 days in the Cairo museum, went on a tour, travelled to the valley of the kings on donkey and sailed down the Nile on a felucca... This is the best thing thats happened in Melbourne. Bring it on. Walk like an Egyptian!!!!
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Theresa 16 April, 2011 12:48
Can you please tell me how long does it take to see the exhibition does it go for a hour or more if I go in at 10am do i leave at 11am just trying to work out flights accommodation etc
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Tunde King 20 April, 2011 20:26
Is the golden death mask is on display also?
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James 21 April, 2011 22:02
It was a nice exhibition, but very falsely advertised. Firstly, the 3D Movie does not even mention Tutankhamun but instead focuses on Ramesses and others. And for it's price, it doesn't go for long at all. But more importantly, there is a serious problem with false advertising, or at least an attempt to hide the truth. The death mask is NOT on display at the exhibition. I was walking through, waiting for the final room where we would see the golden artefact and did not, so was sorely disappointed. There is a golden sarcophagus of another mummy (not Tut), but it isn't as special. I heard the Museum Staff's excuse that the image in advertising is actually the miniature canopic jar of Tut's or whatever, but obviously they were trying to con people into coming to see the actual mask or sarcophagus when it was not there.
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Anne Cook 22 April, 2011 15:07
I just wanted to thank the Melbourne Museum for hosting this exhibition and also their excellent organisational skills in handling the crowds. I visited the Cairo Museum many years ago & it was so crowded, patrons could only file past exhibits and barely have time to read related information. The restriction of numbers per half hour was so much more relaxed and beneficial. My 6y.o son also thoroughly enjoyed all exhibits and read as many of the labels as possible. Well Done!
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Customer Service Team 2 May, 2011 12:50

Hi Theresa

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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Sophia 3 May, 2011 15:25
Hi, I am from Brisbane and I love Egypt and would love to come down to see the exhtion during the June/July holidays. I wanted to know when the exhibit ends? Thank-you
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Caryn 4 May, 2011 18:51
We are a group of 4 trying to organise flights, accommodation and tickets to the exhibition but it would be after July. The tickets are not on sale at the moment so would we be safe to book accommodation and flights and still be able to see the exhibition after July?
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Jonathan Ring 6 May, 2011 10:56
"King Tut heading to Melbourne Museum" well that's misleading he wasn't there!!!!
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Peta 9 May, 2011 14:23
Have just purchased tickets for a present along with 3D movie and audio tickets. The tickets are for entry at 10.30am to the exhibition are they able to gain entry at 10am to view the movie? Thanks
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Judy 1 June, 2011 12:39
really enjoyed the exhibition on Monday 30th May 2011. However didnt really think that there was thatbreath stopping moment. I have been to Egypt and the Cairo Museum and the sight of the death mask, gold nested shrines, chariott was amazing so to have just one such item would have been the icing on the cake.
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Hellena 5 July, 2011 16:04
Hi, Can you please advise when the exhibition is ending. I tried to get in April but it sold out and am hoping to try again later in the year. Thanks in advance
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