Lonely Planet Writer

Biggest ever King Tut exhibition coming to America next year

The largest ever international exhibition of ancient Egyptian artefacts from the tomb of its most famous pharaoh will open early next year in Los Angeles. King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh will visit ten difference cities as it tours the world starting off on the West Coast of America on 24 March.

Funerary mask for a foetus, found near Tutankhamuns burial. Image by Werner Forman/Universal Images Group/Getty Images

More than 150 items from Tutankhamun’s tomb will be on display at the California Science Center. The exhibition will be an absolute treat for Egyptologists – both amateur and professional – as never before have so many ancient items associated with King Tut been on display together outside Egypt. Many of the items would have been used by the Boy King himself including golden jewellery, elaborate carvings, sculptures, and ritual antiquities.

The shrine is decorated on all sides with names titles and images of Tutankhamun and his queen Ankhsenamun engraved in repoussè Image by  ©
Laboratoriorosso, Viterbo/Italy

Forty per cent of the objects will be leaving home for both the first and last time before returning for permanent display in the Grand Egyptian Museum, which is currently under construction. Dr Mostafa Waziry, Secretary General of the Ministry of State for Antiquities, said: “to celebrate the 100th year anniversary of discovering the tomb of the Boy King Tutankhanum … Egypt is sending 150 masterpieces to tour all over the world. Please see them, visit them, before they return back home forever.”

As well as ancient artefacts, there will also be multimedia displays telling the story of King Tut. Guests will be able to learn about the scientific analysis of his 3000-year-old mummy and the cutting edge archaeological tools now being used on digs in Egypt. The exhibition will move to Europe after leaving Los Angeles before the antiquities including a wooden guardian statue, a gilded wooden bed, and a gilded wooden shrine go back to their new permanent home.

The Grand Egyptian Museum is scheduled to open in May 2018 about a mile and a half from the Pyramids of Giza. It will house more than 100,000 artifacts. If you want to see them first however in Los Angeles, you can pre-register for tickets.