Tutankhamun's treasures are touring some of the world's biggest cities in sell-out exhibitions and this summer, it's Boston's turn to get the Ancient Egyptian royal treatment.
The exhibit is part of a 10-city world tour that kicked off in 2018 to mark the centenary of the tomb's discovery; showcasing the largest collection of artefacts from Tutankhamun's tomb ever to be publicly displayed. Boston was recently announced as the next stop following sell-out showings in Paris (where it drew more than 1.4 million visitors, making it France’s most-visited exhibition ever), Los Angeles and London.
Featuring more than 150 artefacts, 60 of which have never left Egypt before, the exhibit marks the first time in more than 50 years that Tutankhamun's treasures have been displayed in Boston. King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharoah will show at The Saunders Castle at Park Plaza from 13 June. Tomb raiders will see treasures like the gilded wooden statue of Tutankhamun, which flanked the entrance to his burial chamber (dated 1336-1326 BC), a wooden guardian statue of Ka, shrines, jewellery, ornate trinkets and vibrant Egyptian frescos.
Boston looks likely to be the only stop on the East Coast for now. The exhibition is currently running in London's Saatchi Gallery until 3 May, 2020. Future tour destinations include the Australia Museum in Sydney in 2021, followed by locations in Japan, Canada, and South Korea, among others that are yet to be announced, before the treasures finally head to their permanent home in the Grand Egypt Museum in Giza.
"See them, visit them, before they return back to Egypt forever," said Dr Mostafa Waziry, secretary-general of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, in a statement announcing the tour.
Due to demand, visitors must register here in the free ticket lottery for entry to the Boston exhibition. A limit of four tickets per registration applies.