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See Egypt’s treasures in Australia as Tutankhamun heads to Sydney

As the largest King Tut exhibition to ever leave Egypt heads to the Sydney for 2021, the Australian Museum will get a huge expansion to accommodate the blockbuster exhibition.

A rendering of the new extension at the Australian Museum. Image by The Australian Museum

The impressive exhibition, which marks the centenary of the rediscovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922 by British archaeologist Howard Carter. Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh shows off more than 150 objects from King Tut’s tomb, including 60 pieces that were never displayed outside of Egypt. It’s also the last time that they will be outside of their home nation as the new Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza nears completion.

Howard Carter and an Egyptian workman examine the third coffin of Tutankhamun made of solid gold, inside the case of the second coffin. October 1925. Photographed by Harry Burton. Image by ©INTERFOTO / Alamy Stock Photo

The Egyptian pharaoh ruled in the 14th-century BC, with his tomb found nearly intact in 1922. The tomb was located in the Valley of the Kings in Luxor, a common site of royal burials in Egypt. In addition to the objects found in the tomb, the exhibition will feature advanced display technology and the latest science about King Tut’s life, health, death and lineage. Right now, the exhibition is on at the California Science Center in LA for the start of its 10-city tour.

This jewel/like shrine is made of wood covered with gold foil inside and gold leaf outside, it sits on a silver plated sledge, inside is a foil/lined back pillar engraved with prayers wishing Tutankhamun a long life and an ebony base carved with two small footprints. the shrine is decorated on all sides with names titles and images of Tutankhamun and his queen Ankhsenamun engraved in repoussè. Image by The Australian Museum

What makes the stop in Sydney special is that it will bring about a $50 million expansion to the exhibition halls, which will open with King Tut’s tomb as its inaugural show. With the expansion, the museum will be able to hold one large exhibition or two smaller exhibitions simultaneously. Tutankhamun will stay in Sydney for sixth months, and it will be the fifth city on the tour. The expanded touring exhibition halls will be able to accommodate up to 800,000 visitors for a massive exhibition like this one. Since it’s expected to be a hit around the world, Sydney’s expansion will also come with new educational facilities, a shop, café and more.