Global tour of King Tut treasures coming to Boston
BOSTON (AP) — Treasures from the famed Egyptian ruler King Tut are coming to Boston.
The more than 150 artifacts from Tutankhamun's tomb will be on display from June 13 through January 2021 at The Saunders Castle at Park Plaza, a special events space in the city's Back Bay neighborhood.
They're part of "King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh,” a traveling exhibit with stops in Paris, London and Los Angeles.
The exhibit is billed as the largest display of Tut treasures ever to travel outside of Egypt. The objects will become part of the permanent collection of the Grand Egyptian Museum under construction in Egypt.
Mayor Marty Walsh announced the exhibit outside City Hall this past week. He was backed by a 25-foot, two-ton recreation of an Egyptian tomb guard statue.
Officials say it's the first time King Tut’s possessions have visited Boston in nearly 60 years. Some of Tut's relics last visited the city in 1963.
King Tut became a household name and helped renew interest in ancient Egypt when his tomb in Egypt's Valley of the Kings was discovered nearly fully intact in 1922.
Egyptologists say the boy king took the throne when he was 8 or 9 years old and died about a decade later.
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