Travelling exhibition ‘Ramses and the Pharaoh’s Gold’ will appear in five countries.
Amongst the things that the pandemic put a dampener on was the grand conclusion to London’s incredible Tutankhamun exhibition, which appeared at the Saatchi Gallery in 2019. Sadly, the collection of treasures has since left town to take up permanent residence in Cairo, but there is some good news on the horizon. The Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities has given the green light for a new touring exhibition of fabulous treasures, named ‘Ramses and the Pharaoh’s Gold’ – and it’ll be visiting London before long.
I would love to tell you exactly when and where, but unfortunately that’s not exactly clear just yet. The exhibition is going on tour from November 2021 until January 2025, and will span five cities, so it’s not been confirmed when it’ll be hitting London. Over the next four years, you’ll be able to find it in Houston (at the Houston Museum of Natural Sciences), San Francisco (De Young Museum), Boston (The Castle at Park Plaza), and Paris (La Fellette Hall).
Confusingly, the London venue is named as the ‘London Exhibition Hall’ in media reports, but your guess is as good as mine as to where that actually is – maybe Exhibition London? Or the ExCeL’s World Exhibition Hall? Guess we’ll find out… Wherever it ends up, you can rest assured that the exhibition will be sparkling with fabulous golden treasures, including a statue of the pharaoh Khafre made from solid gold, which is going on display to the public for only the second time.
Necklaces, gold coins, and a ring bearing the likeness of Queen Nefertiti will also be included in the 170-strong collection of objects, which will no doubt become the hottest ticket in town when they eventually go on sale. We’ll keep you updated with any further info, including dates, a venue, and ticket releases, as soon as we have it.
In the meantime, you can take an online tour of the V&A Museum’s excellent kimono exhibit.
Also published on Medium.