'The O2 Bubble' or 'O2 Arena' takes its name from the O2 communications company and has been regenerated as a massive indoor sports and performance arena. The O2 provides exhibition space which is connected to a high-tech amusement complex, cinema theatre and hotel. The Tutankhamun London Exhibition tour is the first exhibition to be displayed at the O2. Visitors to the London Tutankhamun Exhibition can expect to spend approximately 60 - 90 minutes at the O2 which will provide ample time to take in a visit to the Maritime Museum and Greenwich clock, local antique markets and even take a trip on the River Thames in a pleasure boat. Alternatively keep the Ancient Egyptian theme and visit Cleopatra’s Needle on the banks of the River Thames, the Ancient Egyptian displays at the Horniman Museum in Forest Hill, South London and the world famous Rosetta Stone at the British Museum together with its other Ancient Egyptian Displays.
Tutankhamun London Exhibition - The Previous King Tut Exhibition
The re-vamped O2 venue is expected to host this attraction for millions of visitors to London. The last Tutankhamun London Exhibition visited London in 1972 when it attracted 1.7 million people. The objects on display are not the the same as the 1972 exhibition. Nearly all of the 130 objects in the 'Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs' exhibition have never been seen before in the UK. In fact, only seven of the Ancient Egyptian Artefacts in the 2007 Tutankhamun London Exhibition are repeat items from the 1972 event.
Tutankhamun London Exhibition - The Ancient Egyptian Artefacts on display
The Tutankhamun London Exhibition at the Greenwich O2 will display over 130 Ancient Egyptian Artefacts, which is nearly twice the size of the original King Tut exhibit. These Ancient Egyptian artefacts include 50 objects which were taken directly from the tomb of King Tut together with 70 objects from the tombs of his ancestors in the Valley of the Kings including the pharaohs Amenhotep II and Thutmose lV. The collection is presented in eleven different galleries and includes a fabulous pectoral, his gold crown and one of the gold inlaid canopic coffinettes which contained the mummified internal organs of Pharaoh Tutankhamun. This gold miniature coffin is about 16 inches long and was used to store the liver of King Tut which was removed during the mummification process over 3000 years ago. The Ancient Egyptian artefacts were selected for display by Dr. Zahi Hawass and Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities.
Tutankhamun London Exhibition - The Gold Mask of King Tut will not be on display
Among the artefacts that will not be on display in the Tutankhamun London Exhibition is the fabulous gold mask, often referred to as the Golden Death Mask, placed which was placed directly over the face of the mummy of King Tut. The golden death mask of the boy pharaoh Tutankhamun is not allowed to leave Egypt. The image used for all the adverts for the O2 Tutankhamun London Exhibition is part of the “Canopic Coffinette of Tutankhamun”. The head on the gold inlaid canopic coffinette, which is featured in the exhibition, is very similar to the mask of King Tut, although created on a much smaller scale. Terry Garcia, an executive vice president for National Geographic and a sponsor of the Tutankhamun exhibition was quoted as saying:
“It took an act of parliament to get these artefacts out of the country. It’s such a priceless national
treasure that the possibility that something could happen to it was just too great.”
Tutankhamun London Exhibition - Exhibition Rooms / Galleries
The Tutankhamun London exhibition rooms include an introductory film and information based on the following themes:
- Ancient Egypt before Tutankhamun
- Traditional Beliefs
- Death, Burial and the Afterlife
- Religious Revolution
- The Boy King
- Tutankhamun, King of Egypt
- Causing His Name to Live
- The Science of Tutankhamun
- The Tomb
- Howard Carter Gallery
- Daily Life in Tutankhamun's World
Comprehensive facts and information on all of the above subjects can be accessed by our sitemap. Fast facts and info may also be found via links on this King Tut Treasures and Exhibits Index which we hope will 'wet your appetite' for Ancient Egyptian History and the Tutankhamun London Exhibition.
Tutankhamun London Exhibition - Public Enquiries
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Tutankhamun London Exhibition
Each section of the Tutankhamun London Exhibition addresses all topics and provides interesting facts and information about the Golden Age of Pharaohs and of Egypt. The Sitemap provides full details of all of the information and facts provided about the fascinating subject of the Pharaoh - Tutankhamun and the Tutankhamun London Exhibition!