The Australian Museum in Sydney has recently announced that they will be hosting a Tutankhamun exhibition. It will be at the museum in 2021 for six months. After which, it will stay permanently at the new Grand Egyptian Museum in Egypt.
In the meantime, the Australian Museum has allocated $50 million to upgrade all of their facilities from its touring exhibitions to their educational amenities to accommodate the exhibit and to give visitors the best experience during their stay.
After the upgrades are complete, the museum will house up to 800,000 visitors; large enough for the expected number of people to show up for this once in a lifetime exhibit.
The exhibit is called Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh exhibition is said to be the largest Tutankhamun exhibition ever to leave Egypt and will mark the 100th anniversary of the tomb discovery in 1922.
Visitors can expect more than their fair share of Egyptian artefacts as the exhibit brings with it more than 150 objects found in his tomb. That includes treasures that were once only available for viewing in Egypt.
The pharaoh’s coffin will not be part of the exhibit. As it is too heavy for transport. However, Naguib Kanawati, a professor of Egyptology at Macquarie University stated that the exhibit would have a miniature coffin, called a canopic coffinette. This small coffin once housed the pharaoh’s liver.
In 1988-1989, the Art Gallery of NSW played host to the Gold of Pharaohs exhibit. It was the largest and most important Egyptian Exhibition at the time. It consisted of 91 priceless objects, with King Psusennes I’s funeral mask as its centrepiece.
And a few years ago, a Tutankhamun exhibition was held in Melbourne much to the excitement of its residents.
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