The Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh exhibition is your last chance to see the priceless artifacts, recovered from Tutankhamun’s tomb, in London, ever!
Nearly 100 years after Howard Carter went to Egypt to discover the tomb of the Golden Pharaoh, the largest collection of Egyptian bling will come to London’s Saatchi Gallery.
But why the rush?
A new Permanant Exhibition
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Carter’s discovery, the Grand Egytian Museum in Cairo is building a new permanant exhibition to house the treasures. That means that, just like Carter, future generations will have to go to Egypt to see the riches that include King Tut’s famous Guardian Statue.
This being the case, tickets for this must-see cultural event in London are expected to sell out very quickly.
Tutankhamun in London
The exhibition that will be coming to London in November 2019 will offer a unique glimpse into the unimaginable riches that Egypt’s kings enjoyed. More than 150 authentic objects, plucked form the King Tut’s tomb, will be on display.
The Guardian Statue
Many of the treasures will be appearing outside of Egypt for the first time. So even if you have seen previous Tutankhamun exhibitions (I saw the one in 1972 along with 1.7 million other budding Egyptologists!) you will be guaranteed to see something new.
Who was Tutankhamun
Tutankhamun was a child pharaoh. When he died at the age of 18 he had ruled Egypt for 9 years. Now, you’d expect an 18 year old boy’s room to be a tad messy, especially after 3000 years. But miraculously, the tomb that Howard Carter found in 1922, contained thousands of artefacts, preserved in pristine condition!
We know him as Tutankhamun, Tutankhaten and King Tut. Son of Ahkenaten (famous for being the only Pharaoh who had a Broadway musical named after him), his mother was his father’s sister! So with a whole load of interbreeding there is no wonder that he was a very sick, very odd looking and very short lived boy!
His father had made a lot of changes in his reign, so the young king spent most of his reign being told to “correct” those changes. The priests, for example, were not impressed by the new fad of worshiping just one god! So the priests persuaded the boy Pharaoh to put that right. He also returned the capital to Thebes.
Other than that he did a bit of building to make sure he was remembered by future generations and fought the Nubians and Asiatics to make sure he was remembered by his subjects.
Typical Pharaoh stuff really!
Which all goes to show that Tutankhamun is most famous for being discovered by Howard Carter in 1922!
The London Exhibition – What you are Coming to See
The London Exhibition is part of a worldwide tour for the artifacts which will take in 10 cities world wide. Starting in LA, it will go to Paris before coming to London (I presume Brexit will not be a problem). Japan, Canada, Australia and South Korea will also host.
Sixty pieces have left Egypt for the first time. In the words of Mostafa Waziry, secretary general of Egypt’s Ministry of State for Antiquities
See them, visit them, before they return back to Egypt forever!
The exhibition also delves into the science of Egyptology. It studies how we have extracted the information we have from the artfacts. Likewise it looks at how DNA testing on the mummies has given us an insight into the Royal families of Ancient Egypt.
Why is Theatre Breaks So Excited About Tutankhamun Breaks?
When the treasures from Tutankhamun’s tomb first visited the UK in 1972, 1.7 million people (including me) queued for hours at the British Museum. Then, 1997, ‘Tutankhamun And The Golden Age of the Pharaohs’ sold over 300,000 tickets before it had even opened. Now this really is our last chance to see these exhibits in London.
Where is the Tutankhamun Exhibition.
Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh is at the Saatchie Gallery in Chelsea. Getting there is quite easy – the nearest tube station is Sloane Square and it is also close to Victoria. But I suggest that you stay nearby, at one of our Chelsea hotels.
About The Saatchi Gallery
Charles Saatchi set up the Saatchi Gallery – you will remember him from the famous advertising agency. Well he did some good with his millions and has sponsored art through the collection and his own gifts.
If you are into that sort of thing, the Saatchi Gallery has showcased works by artists such as Andy Warhol, Rachel Whiteread, Lucian Freud, Damien Hirst and Jenny Saville.
The Tutankhamun Exhibition will be at the Saatchi Gallery from November 2019 until May 2020. We have Tutankhamun Breaks throughout.
Hotels Near the Tutankhamun Exhibition
My recommendation for Tutankhamun Breaks is the Pestana Chelsea Hotel and Spa. A very trendy modern 4 star hotel with great facilities that is really close by. As you can guess from the name, it really is a great place to relax after a hard day walking around London.
The cheapest nearby hotel is the 3 star Lord Jim Hotel. Only 1.5 miles from the exhibition it is located on a residential street in a converted Victorian property. It is also close to The Natural History Museum, Science Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
In the middle, the four star Crown Plaza London Kensington is still a 4 star hotel but is just a little over a mile to the Gallery.