Travel: 10 Great Reasons to Visit the Tutankhamun Exhibition; THE Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs Exhibition Has Opened in the O2 Arena in London and Will Run until August 30. Laura Wright Discovered the Secrets of the Egyptian King

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Byline: Laura Wright


THE exhibition tells the fascinating story of Tutankhamun with artefacts excavated from his tomb.

Tutankhamun was one of the last kings of Egypt's 18th Dynasty and ruled during a crucial, turmoil-filled period of ancient Egyptian history.

The boy king was the son of Akhenaten, a pharaoh who was declared a heretic because he introduced a new religion.

Tutankhamun was worshipped because he restored the old religion and rebuilt old temples but he died mysteriously around the age of 18 in the ninth year of his reign in 1323BC.

Some believe he was murdered. An X-ray taken in 1968 revealed damage to his skull which could have been caused by a fall, a blow to the head or during mummification.


Tutankhamun's tomb laid undisturbed for 3,300 years and hope of finding it was almost lost until it was discovered by Howard Carter in November 1922.

As well as original artefacts, the innovative exhibition also features National Geographic images and film footage about the gold age of the pharaohs and three-dimensional CT scan images of Tutankhamun.

Although the vast collection of treasures found in his tomb have been removed, his mummified remains still lie in a stone sarcophagus in his burial chamber.


The Egyptian artefacts are presented in 11 galleries with background about the social and political backdrop of the time in which their owners lived and ruled.

Each focuses on a theme such as Daily Life in Ancient Egypt, Traditional Religion, Death, Burial and the Afterlife and builds to the final galleries where King Tutankhamun's treasures reside.

Visitors will be guided around the exhibition in the heart of the O2 Arena with an audio guide in a choice of languages.


The last time the treasures of Tutankhamun visited the UK was more than 35 years ago. In the 1970s, the exhibition attracted 1.6 million visitors with some people waiting for more than eight hours to get in to see the exhibits in London.

It was such a success that all London exhibitions since are measured against it.


The original Tutankhamun Exhibition had only 50 exhibits when it visited London in the 1970s. This time round, the exhibition boasts more than 150 items on showmeaning that it is three times bigger and better.

All of the treasures in the exhibit are between 3,000 to 3,500 years old and there are more than 50 major items excavated from Tutankhamun's tomb.


Visitors are told the story of Tutankhamun and the treasures he was buried with, which gives a rare glimpse into the mystical ancient Egyptian past. But on this visit to London, King Tut also brings his family.

Arte facts from Tutankhamun's ancestors include statues, a coffin, a death mask, figurines and vessels. …