The Golden Pharaoh: Boston awaits King Tut exhibition

The American city of Boston is set to host the “King Tut: The Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh”  exhibition this summer for the first time in over 50 years, with the exhibition set to feature a number of treasures belonging to the ancient Egyptian king.

The exhibition’s move to Boston comes within the framework of an international tour of the “Golden Pharaoh’s” treasures, during which the exhibit traveled to several major cities around the world, such as Paris, Los Angeles and London.

According to a report published by CNN, the exhibition will showcase more than 150 pieces belonging to Tutankhamun’s tomb, including 60 pieces displayed outside of Egypt for the first time.

The artifacts will be showcased in the Saunders Castle at Park Plaza beginning from June 13, marking the first time the exhibition has come to Boston since 1963.

The city’s Mayor Marty Walsh had announced earlier while standing next to a replica of a 25-foot statue of King Tut in Boston that the Golden Pharaoh exhibition will come to the city in June this year, in a huge event for the first time in almost six decades.

“In Boston, we know the value, importance and excitement of history and culture. I am very happy to announce that the King Tut exhibition will be visiting the @CityofBoston from Egypt later this year for the first time since 1963,” he wrote on Twitter.

CNN also referred to an invitation by Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities in Egypt Mostafa al-Waziry, urging residents of the American city to visit the exhibition.

“See (King Tut’s treasures) and visit them before they return back to Egypt forever,” Waziry said in the press release announcing the tour.

The Sydney Museum in Australia is the next destination for the King Tut exhibition in 2021, CNN reported, adding that the artifacts will be returned to Egypt once the world tour ends and are set to be displayed in the new Grand Egyptian Museum opening this year.

CBS Boston also highlighted the exhibit, quoting officials from the Museum of Science, one of the largest science museums in the United States, who commented that the King Tut touring exhibit was  “unique,” adding that the exhibition includes more than 150 artifacts, a figure three times larger than that in previous tours.

Meanwhile, a number of Boston school and university students have expressed interest in the exhibition after the city’s mayor distributed free tickets.

The “Up to Boston” website also highlighted the event, presenting a brief summary on King Tutankhamun and describing the exhibition as bringing together the “greatest” treasures of the iconic Egyptian pharaoh.

The website also pointed out that it was difficult to obtain tickets due to high turnout expected at the event, adding that tickets would be provided in particular to students of public schools and members of the Museum of Science in Boston.

The tour of the King Tutankhamun exhibition began in 2018, making its way across seven countries  and 10 different cities. The global tour comes as part of Egypt’s tourism promotion plan, which officials hope will attract international attention to the country’s numerous archaeological treasures, a great number of which will be exhibited at the much-anticipated Grand Egyptian Museum, which is set to attract 5 million visitors annually.

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