Australian Museum Upgrade Enables Two Exhibitions To Be Held Simultaneously

Australian Museum Upgrade Enables Two Exhibitions To Be Held Simultaneously

New South Wales Treasurer Dominic Perrottet

New South Wales Minister for the Arts Don Harwin

Tutankhamun Blockbuster To Star In Revamped Australian Museum

Victor P Taffa

Australian Museum is set to host the extraordinary Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh blockbuster exhibition thanks to a $50 Million refurbishment.

New South Wales Minister for the Arts Don Harwin and New South Wales Treasurer Dominic Perrottet, today announced the Australian Museum will expand its touring exhibition halls opening with the largest and most impressive King Tutankhamun exhibition to ever leave Egypt.

Minister for the Arts Don Harwin revealed Sydney will host the Tutankhamun exhibition in early 2021 for a six-month run at the Australian Museum.

“Tutankhamun exhibition is a game-changer for Sydney and Australia. Sydney is the major cultural city in the Pacific/South East Asian region, and the significant upgrades to the Australian Museum will ensure we have world-class museum exhibition spaces for visitors as well as residents to enjoy.” Minister Harwin said.

“As well as the transformed exhibition space, the refurbishment will also create new education facilities, enabling school student visitors to double to 100,000 a year all completed in time to host the Tutankhamun exhibition.”

Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said the museum upgrade will deliver a boost to the culture economy.

“Australian Museum is a national treasure and this expansion will not only bring the world’s biggest blockbuster exhibitions like Tutankhamun, it will also bring flow on benefits for local businesses.” Treasurer Perrottet said.

“Expanded touring exhibition halls will be able to accommodate up to 800,000 visitors during a blockbuster the size and scale of Tutankhamun.”

“This exhibition will include Egyptian artefacts that will never be seen again outside of Egypt following this world tour. Sydney forms part of a 10-city world tour to mark the centenary of the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922 by British archaeologist Howard Carter.”

“Tens of thousands of overnight visitors are expected to travel to Sydney to see the Tutankhamun exhibition which is a South East Asian exclusive. We expect this amazing collection will bring in more than $100 Million to our visitor economy an outstanding result for tourism in our State.” Treasurer Perrottet said.

Director and CEO of the Australian Museum, Ms. Kim McKay said that the refurbishment is a critical step in the future development of the Australian Museum.

“Repurposing existing storage space will see the significant expansion of the touring exhibition halls to 1,500 sqm across two levels allowing the Museum to host either one big blockbuster or two exhibitions simultaneously.” Ms. McKay said.

NSW Minister for Arts Don Harwin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tutankhamun:

Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh features more than 150 objects from King Tut’s tomb, including 60 treasures never previously displayed outside Egypt. Produced by IMG, it is the last time these objects will travel outside Egypt now that the new Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza is nearing completion.

Currently on exhibit to sold-out crowds at the California Science Center in Los Angeles the first stop on the 10-city world tour the exhibition also features advanced display technology and the latest science about King Tut’s life, health, death and lineage.