The tomb was discovered in 1922 by Howard Carter, a British archaeologist and Egyptologist. Almost entirely intact, it honored King Tutankhamen, a pharaoh who ascended to the throne at age nine. The first multi-city tour of this golden cache, billed as the “exhibition of the century,” dated from 1961 to 1967. Three more tours would follow, and now we have the fifth, an exhibition of 150 ancient objects. This is the last time the Tutankhamen treasures will leave Egypt before taking residence forever in a new home, the Grand Egyptian Museum. Last summer in Paris, the Golden Pharaoh again broke records to become France’s most-visited exhibition ever with 1.4 million viewers. London is the next stop. —J.V.
This worldwide tour across 10 countries ends in 2022, when the artifacts are permanently installed in the Grand Egyptian Museum, located near the Pyramids of Giza and still under construction.