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« Reply #990 on: November 23, 2008, 06:11:53 pm »

                                  King Tut Treasures Return London 15/11/2007 - 31/8/2008

After the initial Tutankhamun touring exhibit returned home in the 1970s, the Egyptian parliament passed laws barring future travel of tomb artifacts outside of Egypt, as a result of minor damage to an artifact while on tour. The damage understandably dismayed Egyptian officials, making it another three decades before officials would consider letting the treasures of King Tut travel outside of Egypt.

In 2004, the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities began working with National Geographic, AEG Exhibitions, and Arts and Exhibitions International to develop a new Exhibition. The Exhibition, entitled "Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs," would be bigger and better than any previous tour. The current exhibition includes more than 130 artifacts from the tomb of Tutankhamun, other Valley of the Kings tombs and ancient Egyptian sites. The Exhibition also features recent forensic studies performed on Tutankhamun's mummy with a special exhibition section that explores the mystery of Tutankhamun's death through CT scans performed on the young pharaoh's mummy. Additionally, a realistic, life-sized bust created by forensic specialists lets visitors look into the face of the young pharaoh for the first time.

While previous shows focused mostly on the story of the tomb's discovery, this exhibition places Tutankhamun in his own time, revealing the art, politics, religion, and culture of his era. In addition, more than 70 objects from the tombs of Tutankhamun's relatives shed light on his family's dynasty and their role in bringing Egypt to its artistic and military summit. This exhibition will take museum visitors beyond just the shimmering gold, and make them a part of Tutankhamun's legacy.

Proceeds from the tour of this exhibition will go to support the construction of the Great Egyptian Museum, to be built near the pyramids at Giza. This new museum will contain most of the collections from the Cairo Museum, which is too small and obsolete to display more than a small fraction of the artifacts in its vast collections.

With record-breaking success in Los Angeles, Ft. Lauderdale, and Chicago, "Tutankhamun and the Gold Age of the Pharaohs" is triggering another bout of "Tut-mania" everywhere it travels.

To promote the exhibition in New York, this large ice sculpture of the Canopic Caffeinate of Tutankhamun served as the backdrop for a party at a famous New York Nightclub.

To promote room night packages, the Essex Inn Chicago re-created Tutankhamun's tomb in the hotel lobby.

A group of Chicago schoolchildren spend some time outside the exhibition with a local Chicago news anchor.

The Drake Hotel in Chicago adorned their lobby with giant Egyptian Statues to promote Tutankhamun room night packages.

A host hotel in Chicago creates a 400 pound chocolate bust of Tutankhamun caffeinate for display in the hotel lobby.

Partnering businesses often use gold lights and colors to signify their participation with the exhibition
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