Ancient Egypt: The King Tut Tour

From the world's largest archaeological museum to a showcase of artifacts from King Tut's tomb, ancient Egypt has been given a new lease of life

By Connor McGovern
Published 9 Apr 2019, 00:01 BST, Updated 12 Jul 2021, 16:29 BST

The iconic Egyptian pharaoh hits the road

Photograph by Getty Images

All hail the king — ancient Egypt's golden poster boy is going on tour. In the run-up to the centenary of Howard Carter's discovery of the fabled tomb in 1922, over 150 personal artifacts found buried with the boy king will be showcased as part of the roving 'Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh' exhibition. The collection, featuring 60 pieces that have never left Egypt before, will be the largest collection of King Tutankhamun accoutrements to be exhibited internationally. It'll kick off at Los Angeles' California Science Center before heading to Europe in 2019.

If you can't catch King Tut on the road, then head to his hometown of Cairo, where a trove of some of his unseen treasures recently went on show at the Egyptian Museum. They included sheets of fabric adorned with gold found in King Tut's tomb.

Missed it? Fear not — these, along with thousands of other priceless artifacts, are making their way to Egypt's new pièce de résistance, the Grand Egyptian Museum, in Giza. The vast museum opens its doors later this year, and, once filled, will house over 100,000 ancient pieces, including Tut's golden funeral chariot and deathbed.

Take it to the grave
Two 3,500-year-old tombs were recently discovered at the Dra' Abu el-Naga necropolis, near Luxor. Never accessed before, the tombs are believed to be the final resting places of two high officials, and were found with elaborate murals, well-preserved artifacts and a linen-clad mummy.

King Tut quick facts
Around 1341 BC
Died: Just 18 years later
Tomb found: November 1922
Did you know: King Tut's heart is missing. Experts aren't sure what happened to it, but it was replaced with a scarab amulet inscribed with a spell

Published in the March 2018 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)


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