As nation-rockingly successful as the “Treasures of Tutankhamun” tour of the late 1970s was, no American city took Tut to its bosom more dearly than New York. The Big Apple could claim an early, if not quite ancient, connection to the[...]Continue Reading...
You can find extensive background information on the exhibition in our archive, including interesting topical facts, in-depth information, illuminating insights, and interviews with renowned scientists.
WHAT THE PRESS SAY
Here you’ll find reviews, events and articles about our exhibition. We’ve selected some press clippings for you.
´The hottest thing right now is our Museum Hack tours (free with exhibition admission) on the following Sundays: February 14th, March 13th and April 10th, always at 11am, 12pm and 1pm (visit our Events section for details). Eva Kis of Metro New York spoke with our tour guides and afterwards wrote: “Some of the tour’s highlights include investigating the Mummy’s Curse, which is blamed for the mysterious deaths of several excavation team members (“We have a mummy rap — get it?”).”
Was the blog, Theater Pizzazz, bribed by our ticket sales manager? (Just kidding!) In her review, Theater Pizzazz’ writer Marilyn Lester recommends that people visit our exhibition more than once: “There’s actually so much to absorb that more than one trip to the exhibition might be called for to fully digest the information and all the wonders on display.”
Mashable describes The Discovery of King Tut as “the greatest ‘unboxing’ of the twentieth century.” Travel back in time with a slide show of historic excavation photos, colorized for the very first time for this exhibition.
Writing about her recent visit to “The Discovery of King Tut” for The Huffington Post, Randee Mia Berman had some lovely things to say about the show: “There’s everything in this first Tut replica exhibit from golden fingertips to gilded cedar shrines, chariots to castanets, ebony thrones to leopard skinned stools, falcons to fetuses.” She also commented, “Tired of red carpets, insulting debates, and droning political pundits? Check out the first replica exhibit of Tut-orama and the newest incarnation of the Egyptian boy wonder.”
THE TUT TIMES: FREE GIVE-AWAY FOR ALL VISITORS
To celebrate New York’s love of the golden boy, we decided to publish The Tut Times, a special newspaper, free for all visitors to The Discovery of King Tut at Premier Exhibitions 5th Ave. Within, David Kamp, a long-time contributor to Vanity Fair magazine, wrote a series of articles about New York’s relationship with Tutankhamun, and illustrator Peter Oumanski created a special city map, highlighting Egypt-themed locations.
For a taste of The Tut Times, you find here David Kamp’s article “NYC Loves Tut” and Peter Oumanski’s New York map.
THE ADVENTURE OF AN EXHIBITION
Howard Carter was born in London on 9 May 1874. His father was an artist and young Howard inherited his talent for drawing. This brought him, at the age of 17, to Egypt to help with the recording of the tombs in Middle Egypt. From then[...]Continue Reading...
Before we turn to the question of the function of replicas in a museum environment, it may prove useful to reflect briefly on the terms ‘original’ and ‘replica’. An original museum object can be seen as having the following[...]Continue Reading...
The Griffith Institute is an institution based around the Ashmolean Museum, belonging to the Egyptology department of the University of Oxford. The Griffith Institute was opened on 21 January 1939 and comprises an important and unique Egyptology archive. Copies of inscriptions, drawings, water colours, old negatives, photographs and printed works are all preserved here. It also contains Howard Carters photographs from his excavations in 1922.
The present-day Ashmolean Museum (Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology) is a museum constructed as the ‘University Gallery’ in Oxford in 1845. It has been home to the Ashmolean collection since 1894.
“Ever since I was a child I have wanted to go back in time. I couldn’t build a time-machine, but I found some old photographs had a curious effect on me. While most old pictures look like ‘the past’, some look like ‘now’ – but a different version of ‘now’. When I saw such pictures, I felt as though the barrier between past and present had been dissolved – the closest experience I had had to time-travel.” These thoughts led Chris Wild to found the website Retronaut, now licensed to Mashable.
The website of Dr Zahi Hawass, the world-famous Egyptian Egyptologist and former Secretary General of the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities.
The photographer Sandro Vannini has one of the most extensive photo archives on the subject of Egypt. He has published several photo books together with the Egyptologist Dr Zahi Hawass, such as Lost Tombs of Thebes, Tutankhamun and A Secret Voyage.
Seat of the Carnarvon family and location for the series Downton Abbey.