Following its recent success to critical acclaim in Johannesburg, the international exhibition ‘Tutankhamun – His Tomb and His Treasures’ opens at GrandWest on Tuesday, 2 June 2015 and runs throughout the winter school holidays and beyond. This captivating exhibition gives patrons the unique opportunity to experience the treasures of the tomb at their moment of discovery.
This amazing adventure begins with a multimedia presentation illustrating the fascinating story behind the exploration and excavation by British archaeologist, Howard Carter, the history of Tutankhamun, and the culture of ancient Egypt.
Exhibition goers and members of the media raved about “King Tut” during its recent run in Johannesburg. “Initially I had misgivings about seeing replicas of the original artifacts, but the exhibitors have so got it right,” says IOL.co.za, while The Mercury hails the exhibition as “intelligently produced, thoughtfully curated, well presented and profoundly realistic.”
Seen by over five million people worldwide and by over 70,000 visitors in Johannesburg, the exhibition has faithfully reconstructed the tomb of Tutankhamun to scale. There are over 1,000 exquisitely reconstructed burial treasures produced by the finest Egyptian craftsmen under scientific supervision. These exact replicas coupled with state-of-the art technology and video material provide a vivid illustration of the culture and spiritual world of the ancient Egyptians. Visitors will also discover what these magnificent historical finds reveal about the religion, deities, dynasties, and mysterious hieroglyphics of the empire on the Nile.
Tyrone Thöle, managing director of Great World Exhibitions says “I am absolutely thrilled to be bringing King Tut’s magic to Cape Town. I can’t tell you what it means to see the huge excitement on visitors’ faces and then to read the countless emails from people expressing how mesmerised they’ve been by the unbelievable beauty and fascinating insights revealed by what is probably the greatest archaeological story and discovery of all time.”
The fragile and valuable original artefacts cannot be transported, so this exhibition offers visitors a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view the (perfectly replicated) antiquities from King Tut’s tomb – all under one roof.
Located in the new “SunExhibits” centre at GrandWest, previously known as the “Magic Castle”, exhibition goers are guided through the exploration “journey” with the help of an audio guide (included in the ticket price) that makes the fascinating experience more enjoyable and fulfilling. There is even a special children’s audio guide to maximise their experience too.
Ticket prices range from R80 to R160 per person and there is a special discounted family package of four tickets. Children of five years and younger are admitted free of charge. Furthermore, for added convenience and ease of access to the exhibition, tickets are sold in dedicated half-hour time slots. Visitors may choose when to arrive within the time slot they have selected while booking online or at the exhibition. Once inside the exhibition, visitors are welcome to stay as long as they want within opening hours. The exhibition is open seven days a week. Tickets are now on sale at www.tut-exhibition.co.za.