Tutankhamun Paris exhibition breaks attendance records in France

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Egypt’s young Pharaoh still fascinates the world centuries after his life ended. Tutankhamun’s exhibition in Paris broke the record, topping the list of France’s most visited cultural events this year with over 1.4 million visitors within a few months from its inauguration, according to state-owned Al-Ahram.

The exhibition, titled Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Pharaoh, displays 150 antiquities from the pharaoh’s personal belongings, including the world’s most famous gold mask, the gilded wooden bed-which was fashioned especially for his funeral with carved lion feet-golden coffins, and 3D models which the museum prepared in order to take visitors through time and place within the glories of the Egyptian civilisation.

Egypt’s Minister of Antiquities inaugurated the exhibition last March, in Paris, France, the first country of Tutankhamun’s tour in seven other countries. At the Grande Halle de La Villette, the exhibition runs till the end of September.

The exhibition hit the charming French city after 50 years of absence, since the first time the antiquities were on display in Paris in 1967, where 1.2 million visitors expressed their interest in exploring the history of the young king.

Tutankhamun’s exhibition is a part of the ministry’s adopted policy in holding a number of temporary exhibitions across the world as a way of promoting tourism in Egypt, especially ahead of the opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM). 

The belongings of the world’s lovable young king, is to head to London next in their third stop of the international tour after the Unites States and France.

It is planned to journey to six other countries, including Japan, the UK, Australia, and South Korea, where they are to be revealed in 10 cities. The temporary exhibition witnessed a remarkable success in the US. Local media reported that it attracted more than 500 million visitors since it opened in March.

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