Closing this Week: Tutankhamun, his Tomb and his Treasures

By Catherine J. Fehre . August 29, 2013


On September 1st, the Tutankhamun Exhibit will close, so there’s only a few days left to see the amazing treasures from King Tut’s grave and learn the wonders of Ancient Egypt.


King Tutankhamun (Tutanchamun) reigned during the 18th dynasty (approximately 1333-1323 BC) in Ancient Egypt. His tomb and treasures have always been a very popular topic with Egyptian history buffs and experts alike because the extremely well preserved tomb’s discovery contributed greatly to learning more about this culture and time period. Now, you can be guided through the history and imagine the lives of the pharaohs and people of Ancient Egypt.


Since it is not a traditional museum setting, a lot of delicate artifacts cannot be shown due to conservation, which has become increasingly important due to mass tourism. However, you will not be disappointed, as there are over 1000 perfect and indistinguishable replicas being shown.


The Tutankhamun exhibition takes on a different perspective than the other exhibitions of Ancient Egypt found around the world. This exhibit reveals the story of King Tut layer by layer, leading you through his life, death, and of course the rituals and traditions surrounding the death of a pharaoh.


However, just as important as the history of King Tut is the discovery of his grave. Howard Carter, an English archaeologist, discovered the tomb in 1922, allowing the treasures inside to be seen for the first time since the time of the pharaohs.


When you walk into the first room of the exhibit, the lights are dim and only the placards of information on the history of Egypt and various pieces are brightly lit. Every ten minutes, a group is let into a different room, where the exhibition really begins.


Access to the treasures is not without anticipation, however. First, the exhibit shows you historical videos for some context, first on the reign of King Tutankhamun and then on the discovery of the tomb by Howard Carter.


Before you see the individual treasures, you get to look upon the rooms of the tomb as they were found in order to give a better idea of what it originally looked like and how the objects were meant to be placed.


And finally, the treasures and coffins of King Tut are laid out individually. You can get very close to all the objects and see the intricate engravings and painting details. The golden objects  shine brightly in the dim light and invite you to not only gaze, but to inspect.


The exhibition appropriately ends with Howard Carter and a more detailed viewing of his notes and methods of excavation.


It takes a while to get through the exhibition, so give yourself at least two hours to see everything. Anyone interested in Ancient Egypt and its mysteries will find this fascinating (even little kids will pay attention).

Arena Berlin
Eichenstr. 4 12435
Open daily 10am – 6pm (last entry at 5pm)
Friday, August 30 and Saturday, August 31 open 10am – 10pm (last entry at 9pm)
Click here for ticket prices and online tickets


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