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Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs - Melbourne Museum

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In a massive coup for City of Melbourne, the internationally renowned exhibition 'Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs' is being hosted exclusively at the Melbourne Museum, as part of the 2011 Melbourne Winter Masterpieces.

Tutankhamun was an Egyptian Pharaoh, of the eighteenth dynasty. The tomb (KV62) of Tutankhamun was discovered in 1922, almost intact, (despite being the subject of grave robberies immediately after his burial on two occasions), by English archeologist Howard Carter in the 'Valley of the Kings'. This archeological discovery, almost a century ago, still, is considered one of the major links to a mysterious past - ancient Egypt. Very little is known about Tutankhamun, he died a King, at only age 19, his reign lasted 10 years, his race continues to be debated and the cause of his death continues to be speculated upon.



There have been a number of exhibitions over the years (Tutankhamen: The Golden Hereafter, Tutankhamun: His Tomb and Treasures and the permanent exhibition Tutankhamun Exhibition in Dorchester, Dorset, England), which have focused on the solid gold tomb of Tutankamun and the 'Treasury' which contained reportedly 500 objects the pharaoh was buried with, notably of a funeral and ritual nature, including jewelery and weapons (50 of these items from the original excavation will be exhibited at 'Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs); however only 'Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs' also includes 80 exhibits focusing on other Pharaohs of the eightieth dynasty, including Hatshepsut, Amenhotep II and Amenhotep III.

However the actual 'Golden Tutankhamun death mask' and the mummy itself are not part of the upcoming exhibition; the "Egyptian parliament banned artefacts from Tutankhamun's tomb from travelling" after some artifacts were damaged in Germany, whilst hosting the popular 1972-1979 exhibition - 'Treasures of Tutankhamun.' They are currently located permanently at the Egyptian Museum. (Bone, James. 'The Return of the King.' Times Online. October 13, 2007). Nevertheless this major exhibition has enticed millions of visitors in the USA and across Europe.

'Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs' draws together, not only items from the 1922 excavations, which lasted ten years, but also the results of recent investigations, through the use of new technology such as the facial reconstruction of the much-debated physical appearance of the young pharaoh - a result of the CT Scans in 2005. The exhibition intends to display the various artifacts and place them in an educational context; visitors can view various news-reels and newspaper articles detailing the 1922 discovery, delve into the history and process of the mummification process, and also the history behind the various artifacts; particularly the religious meanings, whilst also detailing the political history of the eighteenth dynasty.



This major exhibition is organized by National Geographic and has received excellent reviews worldwide, as-well as record breaking attendance. Tickets for this anticipated event are currently on-sale at Ticketek. The exhibition will open daily from April 8, 2011 and close on July 27, 2011 (the exhibition will closed on Good Friday - April 22, 2011).

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday:10.00 AM – 6.00 PM (last entry 4.30pm)
Thursday and Friday: 10.00 AM – 10.00 PM (last entry 8.30pm)
Saturday 9.00 AM – 10.00 PM (last entry 8.30pm)
Sunday 9.00 AM – 7.00 PM (last entry 5.30pm)

When you purchase your ticket you can choose the day you wish see the exhibition and the preferred time - you must arrive within 30 minutes of your selected time.

At peak time (Monday to Friday (from 6pm), Saturday and Sunday, Public Holidays and Victorian School holidays) the single adult ticket is priced at $35.00.
Single concession ticket is priced at $32.00.
The single child ticket (4-16 Years) is priced at $19.50.
Tickets for a family - either 2 Adults & 2 Children (aged 4-16 years) or 1 Adult and 3 Children (aged 4-16 years) are priced at $90.00.

At off-peak time (Monday to Friday (prior to 6pm) except when those days are a Public Holiday or during Victorian School Holidays) the single adult ticket is priced at $29.50.
Single concession ticket is priced at $26.50.
The single child ticket (4-16 Years) is priced at $17.50.
Tickets for a family - either 2 Adults & 2 Children (aged 4-16 years) or 1 Adult and 3 Children (aged 4-16 years) are priced at $80.00.

For more information please see the Ticketek website.

Extras include the popular audio tour narrated by Omar Sharif, which can be purchased at $7.50 and admission to Egypt 3D which is priced at an additional $8.50.

The Melbourne Museum is located at 11 Nicholson St, Carlton, Victoria.

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Why? One in a lifetime event!
When: The exhibition will open daily from April 8, 2011 and close on July 27, 2011 (the exhibition will closed on Good Friday - April 22, 2011).
Where: Melbourne Museum - 11 Nicholson Street Carlton, Victoria, Australia
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