“I see wonderful things”, exclaimed Howard Carter when took his first look into the burial chamber of Pharaoh Tutankhamun. And 90 years after the discovery of the tomb in the Valley of the Kings you too can see these wonderful things at the exhibition, King Tutankhamun His Tomb and His Treasures, currently on in Amsterdam, Prague and Berlin. The exhibition, presented by National Geographic Channel, has drawn millions since it first opened in 2005, and highlights the discovery of the tomb by British archaeologist Howard Carter in 1922.
Tutankhamun’s tomb was the best-preserved royal tomb ever discovered, and revealed amazing treasures. Because Carter meticulously recorded everything found in the tomb, it took eight years to empty, and the contents were all transported to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.
The exhibition begins with visitors following Carter’s footsteps and going with him through the excavation process with the help of the audio guide and video. Once the excavation has been completed, visitors enter the three burial chambers of Tutankhamun to discover what’s inside. The rooms were reconstructed to give an authentic impression of what Carter and his team encountered and contain over 1000 replicas of Tutankhamun’s treasures.
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Objects such as jewelry, amulets, weapons, a magnificent gold chariot, shrines and the famous death mask, were all carefully crafted by the best Egyptian craftsmen and approved by internationally renowned scientists and Egyptologists.
My daughters enjoyed playing archaeologist, especially since they have both recently studied ancient Egypt in school and because it brought back memories of our trip to Egypt a few years ago. However, it takes about 2 hours to go through the exhibition, and the activity map available at the entrance along with a kid’s corner and face painting gave me a little more time to fully take in everything.
Discover King Tut’s tomb and its treasures in Amsterdam until May 5, 2013, Prague until June 27, 2013 and Berlin until September 1, 2013.