Sunday, February 13, 2011
Tutankhamun - his Tomb & his Treasures @ the RDS
So I'm in two minds about this exhibition, which opens next Thursday in the RDS and runs until mid-July. When I first heard of it, I was very excited, having never been to Egypt despite having studied ancient history in college. I was definitely going. But the marketing is clever and it's initially easy to miss that the whole thing is a replica. The tomb is reconstructed to show you exactly how it was discovered by Carter and his team in 1922, something that the museum in Cairo doesn't do. However, given the state of poor Egypt, would-be tourists are probably going to give it a wide berth for at least a few months, so this might do instead. Their website does state that every item is an exact replica and you do get to see the things close up instead of behind glass. If it's for you, it'll be pricey, with weekday tickets for adults at €16 and rising to €18 on the weekend, unless you can get to see it this week, when they do previews for significantly less. There's rates for kids, students and groups, so no doubt it'll be popular with school trips this spring. I'm still deciding whether to fork over the cash when I'm sure to visit Egypt at some point, but there's plenty of time between now and July. If you do go soon, I'd love to hear your feedback.