Australia To Host Largest Tutankhamun Exhibit To Leave Egypt

Sixty never-before-seen artefacts outside Egypt will be on show.

What you need to know
  • The NSW government announced a $50m upgrade to the Australian Museum on Monday
  • The museum will host the 'largest and most impressive' Tutankhamun exhibit outside Egypt in early 2021
  • It will tour ten cities across the world, with Sydney being fifth in line
  • 150 objects from King Tut's tomb will be displayed, including 60 artefacts previously never displayed outside Egypt

Never-before-seen riches stemming from the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb are coming our way. 

 A $50 million refurbishment of the Australian Museum will make way for ‘Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Gold Pharaoh’ in early 2021.

“The exhibition is a game-changer for Sydney and Australia,” NSW Minister for Arts Don Harwin said. 

The exhibition will be hosted for six months in Sydney in early 2021. Image: Supplied

The exhibition blockbuster marks the centenary of the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb by British archaeologist Howard Carter in 1922. 

It features 150 objects from the tomb, including 60 that have previously never been displayed outside Egypt.

“The discovery of his tomb revealed riches that hadn’t been seen before because the tomb was in tact,” Australian Museum Director Kim McKay told Ten News.

“Ancient Egyptian history holds a special fascination for many people. Tutankhamun is one of those names that everyone knows and you want to see those treasures.”

The exhibit will visit ten cities, with Sydney being fifth on the list, before the artefacts are housed permanently in the new Grand Egyptian Museum near the Gaza pyramids.

NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet announced a $50m reburbishment of the Australian Museum on Monday. Image: AAP

The refurbishment will allow for expanding touring exhibition halls at the museum that are estimated to accommodate up to 800,000 visitors.

“It will enable us to not only host Tutankhamun but others in the future,” McKay said.

The museum upgrades will be funded in next week’s state budget.

Mr Perrotet said while access to “world-class exhibitions” will inject $150m into the NSW economy, it will deliver a boost to the cultural economy.

“We’ll have great access to one of the best museums, not just in the country, but in the world,” he said.

“It’s more about the education and the enjoyment this will provide.”