I went to the latest exhibition on Tutankhamun that has recently opened at the Saatchi Gallery on a Monday morning. I arrived and it was mad busy, like literally crazy, especially for a MONDAY! The line went around almost till the entrance….I mean I thought it would be popular but not THIS popular. And this was after the half-term break so not even peak season. WOW. So the fact that there was a long queue on a Monday morning meant only one thing – this was good stuff! The hype was definitely real.
The exhibition is a celebration of 100 years since the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb and gives you a chance to see 150 of the artefacts and contents from his tomb, some 60 of them brought especially from Egypt.
I queued for around an hour (thankfully it wasn’t raining) and this was the first time I was entering the Saatchi Gallery because I have never been before. It was pretty straightforward – just follow the people. As you enter there is a room to rent audio guides and an opportunity to take pictures against a green screen to show that you have attended the exhibition, mainly for tourists but also for promotion and as a souvenir. I took a picture because why not? but I didn’t buy it, it was £15!
After you leave the audio-guide room, you go into a room where they play an introductory video of the exhibition. I personally like this idea as it is a nice way to educate people about the exhibition without having to read long explanations and because i’m a visual/auditory learner. If you’re one like me, it is great!
There is a structured route you follow from one room to another. The exhibition spans most of the gallery, top and bottom floors so there is lots to see and lots of information to take in. You get to find out about his life, the inside of his tomb in hella detail, what the objects mean, how his tomb came to be discovered by Howard Carter in 1922, how ‘Tutmania’ came about and the origins of the so-called ‘curse’. Interesting stuff.
There is also a Virutal Reality experience where you can go inside the tomb wearing the VR headset but you have to pay extra. Naturally.
I have to say some of the objects are truly magnificent. Especially that they have been around for thousands of years, you really do get to appreciate the work and amount of skill that goes into making them, like the jewellery, and how well preserved they are. Each object is symbolic in some way and that is beautiful 😍
There were lots and lots of people so it made the experience more tiring than it would have been without the crowd but it was awesome to see nevertheless. Definitely recommended but try to avoid the big crowds. You’ll get to appreciate the artefacts a lot more.
The exhibition is on from Saturday 2 November 2019 – Sunday 3 May 2020. For more information, visit the official website.
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