TUTANKHAMUN: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh, presented by Viking Cruises, officially opened to the public this weekend – and GTW’s Julie Cousins was one of the first through the doors. 

Produced by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities and IMG, this exhibition of Tutankhamun’s treasures is open at Saatchi Gallery until Sunday 3 May 2020. World-renowned archaeologist, Dr. Zahi Hawass, said: “The UK has long had an affinity for the Boy King ever since his discovery by British archaeologist Howard Carter on 4 Nov 1922. Massive crowds are already preparing for the opportunity to behold his treasures one last time before they return to Egypt and their final home in the Grand Egyptian Museum.”

 Audiences who opt for the add-on experience will experience the impossible – flying through a photorealistic version of the legendary pharaoh’s tomb, as Howard Carter would have uncovered it in 1922. The 8-minute experience is narrated by Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville, in a nod to the fictional role he played and the equivalent real Lord Carnarvon, who funded Carter’s archaeological pursuit in the same era as the iconic TV series.

“We are so delighted to have the opportunity to glimpse at these “wonderful things” in London. This extraordinary discovery, nearly 100 years ago, was the first global media event, capturing the imagination and fascination of every generation in every country. It is about exploration, works of art and the passion for antiquity,” commented George Herbert, the 8th Earl of Carnarvon and his wife, Lady Fiona Carnarvon. 

TUTANKHAMUN: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh presented by Viking Cruises is the final chance to see these glittering world heritage artefacts before they return to Egypt forever. Visitors will explore the life of King Tutankhamun, and the storied discovery that captivated the world, through more than 150 authentic pieces from the tomb – three times the quantity that has travelled in previous exhibitions and more than 60 of which are travelling outside of Egypt for the first time. At the conclusion of the tour, the artefacts will go on permanent display at the Grand Egyptian Museum.

It will run until 3 May 2020 at Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 4RY. For more information and tickets, visit www.tutankhamun-london.com