The Australian Museum is set to undergo an extensive $50 million refurbishment as it gets ready to host Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh – the largest and most significant Tutankhamun exhibition to ever leave Egypt.
Scheduled for early 2021, the exhibition will be on display for six months in Sydney, which will be the fifth city on the 10-city world tour to mark the centenary of the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922 by British archaeologist Howard Carter.
Currently on exhibit to sold-out crowds at the California Science Centre in Los Angeles – the first stop on the tour – the exhibition features advanced display technology and the latest science about King Tut’s life, health, death and lineage.
It will also showcase more than 150 objects from King Tut’s tomb, including 60 treasures never previously displayed outside Egypt. Produced by IMG, it is the last time these objects will travel outside Egypt, now that the Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza is nearing completion.
The refurbishment of the Australian Museum will significantly expand the touring exhibition halls to 1500 square metres across two levels, allowing it to accommodate up to 800,000 visitors during one big blockbuster or two exhibitions simultaneously. It will also create new education facilities, a new museum shop and café, and other amenities, all in time to host the King Tut exhibition.
The Tutankhamun exhibition is being presented by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities and global events leader IMG. The Australian Museum will be the exclusive host of the exhibition in South East Asia with the support of Destination NSW.