The huge exhibition TUTANKHAMUN – HIS TOMB AND HIS TREASURES offers you a once-in-a-lifetime insight into the archaeology of ancient Egypt. Go on a fantastical voyage and experience the burial chambers and treasures of the King exactly as they were discovered in 1922 by Howard Carter.
Almost 100 years after the sensational exploration, the TUTANHAMON – HIS TOMB AND HIS TREASURES exhibition presents the story of the discovery in a unique way. At 2000 nm2, more than 1,000 exhibits, graphics, videos, and free audioguides await visitors at an exhibition that has been viewed by more than 6 million people as they traveled to Zurich, Dublin, Brussels, Madrid, Seoul and Paris.
"For the first time since the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb, this is an exhibition that allows people to rediscover treasures and funerary items in the layout they were found in 1922."
(Dr Wilfried Seipel, Egyptologist and former director of the Vienna Museum of Fine Arts)
HOWARD CARTER – ARCHAEOLOGIST, ARTIST AND DISCOVERER OF A SENSATIONAL FIND
Howard Carter’s biography is unique among archaeologists. At 17 he was a talented artist and was initially engaged in copying the richly coloured wall paintings in the tombs of Middle Egypt on behalf of the Egypt Exploration Fund. Soon afterwards he began his first excavations under the guidance of his teacher Flinders Petrie.
„I see wonderful things.”
HOWARD CARTER, 1922
In 1900 the talented young archaeologist rose to the position of Chief Inspector of the Egyptian Antiquities Service. However, just a few years later an altercation with unruly tourists was to put an end to his successful career. In 1909 Howard Carter began his collaboration with Lord Carnarvon.
Carter eventually convinced the Earl to begin a very special project:
The hunt for the tomb of the forgotten Pharaoh Tutankhamun in the Valley of the Kings
Lord Carnarvon financed the undertaking for five years from 1917 but to no avail. In November 1922, during the last digging season, Carter eventually struck lucky and presented his sensational discovery to the astonished world. This unleashed an unprecedented press furore and a real Tutankhamun fever that influenced the Golden Twenties era.
A unique special exhibition about the life of the excavator
To complement the exhibition of Howard Carter’s important discovery, TUTANKHAMUN – HIS TOMB AND HIS TREASURES is now putting on a unique exhibition about the life of the excavator. Significant documents are presented alongside sumptuous watercolours by the archaeologist using highly realistic facsimile technology. Many of the pictures and papers in the “Carter Room” have never been shown before in museums.
Tutankhamun ascended to throne in 1332 BC at age 9 as one of the last kings of the 18th Dynasty. His father was the heretic king Akhenaten; the name of his mother is still unknown. According to the latest studies, the young King was suffering from serious illness. The most significant achievement of his reign was the rejection of his father's radical religious reforms, which had destabilized the country.
His death is a mystery to this day
Tutankhamun died after nine years on the throne, probably from an infection resulting from an open knee injury.
TUTANKHAMUN - A KING AND HIS TIME
Exhibitions about Egypt’s fascinating works of art have been enjoying great popularity for many years. TUTANKHAMUN – HIS TOMB AND HIS TREASURES aims to set a new trend here: visitors are to be able to experience the history of an exciting excavation. However, this ambition comes up against a limitation: sensitive original objects that require preservation cannot and should not be presented in complex exhibition scenarios.
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