Twenty items from the “Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh” exhibition’s 166 pieces will be put on display at Hurghada Museum and Sharm El-Sheikh Museum.
The exhibition has been touring abroad for two years. Due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic and the precautionary measures taken in London, the third leg of the touring exhibition was closed in March, 44 days before it was planned to end.
Although the Egyptian cabinet has approved compensation for the exhibition’s organisers for the 44-day closure and to extend the display period of the exhibition to July and August, the precautionary measures applied in London against the coronavirus remained an obstacle to its resumption.
Therefore, said Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA), the board of directors of the SCA decided the exhibition should return to Egypt, and the artefacts arrived on Friday morning.
The board has also decided to select 20 items to be exhibited temporarily in Hurghada and Sharm El-Sheikh museums in an attempt to promote both museums and cities, before being transported to their permanent display at the Grand Egyptian Museum, which is planned to open in 2021.
Moamen Othman, head of the ministry’s Museum Sector, said that statue of Ka, the consort of King Tutankhamun, will be the masterpiece of Sharm El-Sheikh Museum and the gilded wooden statue of god Ptah will be the masterpiece of Hurghada Museum.
Hurghada Museum has recently opened and Sharm El-Sheikh Museum is set to be opened this year.