“What can you see?” asked the people behind archaeologist Howard Carter as he peered through a newly dug hole into the tomb chamber of the boy king Tutankhamun in 1922.
“Wonderful things!” gasped Carter.
And it was true.
If you are a history buff (like me) or interested in archaeology (like me), then this exhibition is a must see and I am certainly not going to miss it!
Check this out: “…the exhibition has faithfully reconstructed the tomb of Tutankhamun to scale, presenting a realistic impression of the overwhelming opulence of the treasures intended to serve the famous young pharaoh on his magical journey to the Underworld. There are over 1,000 exquisitely reconstructed burial treasures produced by the finest Egyptian craftsmen under scientific supervision.”
I can’t even imagine it!
I am RIDICULOUSLY excited to go and see this exhibit!
Here follows the official press release:
Discover the spectacular “TUTANKHAMUN – His Tomb and His Treasures” exhibition at Silverstar this December
The internationally acclaimed exhibition ‘TUTANKHAMUN – His Tomb and His Treasures’ takes centre stage at Silverstar’s impressive new 2000-square-metre entertainment venue from 2 December 2014, running throughout the festive season and the early part of 2015. A first for South Africa and the continent, this captivating exhibition gives visitors the unique opportunity to experience the treasures of the tomb at their moment of discovery. This amazing adventure begins with a multimedia presentation illustrating the fascinating story behind the exploration and excavation by British archaeologist, Howard Carter, the history of TUTANKHAMUN, and the culture of ancient Egypt.
Seen by over five million people worldwide, the exhibition has faithfully reconstructed the tomb of TUTANKHAMUN to scale, presenting a realistic impression of the overwhelming opulence of the treasures intended to serve the famous young pharaoh on his magical journey to the Underworld. There are over 1,000 exquisitely reconstructed burial treasures produced by the finest Egyptian craftsmen under scientific supervision. These exact replicas coupled with state-of-the art technology and video material provide a vivid illustration of the culture and spiritual world of the ancient Egyptians. Visitors will also discover what these magnificent historical finds reveal about the religion, deities, dynasties, and mysterious hieroglyphics of the empire on the Nile.
Tyrone Thöle, managing director, Great World Exhibitions says “TUTANKHAMUN offers a truly exceptional experience – because of its outstanding quality and breadth of presentation and because it speaks to all of us. Who wouldn’t want to experience what it must have felt like to stumble upon one of the greatest discoveries of all time? Visitors are bound to be mesmerised by the exquisite exhibits, exciting video footage and fascinating revelations at this phenomenal exhibition.”
The fragile and valuable original artefacts cannot be transported, so this exhibition offers visitors a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view the (perfectly replicated) antiquities’ from King Tut’s tomb – all under one roof. Brought to South Africa through a partnership with Germany’s SC Exhibitions, Great World Exhibitions and Silverstar, the exhibition brings the historic moment and the story of the burial treasure’s discovery to life in a unique way. Visitors are guided through the exploration “journey” with the help of an audio guide (included in the ticket price) that makes the fascinating experience more enjoyable and fulfilling. There’s even a special children’s audio guide to maximise their experience too.
Ticket prices range from R80 to R160 per person and there is a special discounted family package of four tickets for just R440. Children of five years and younger are admitted free of charge. Furthermore, for added convenience and ease of access to the exhibition, tickets are sold in dedicated time slots. Visitors may choose when to arrive within the time slot they have selected while booking online or at the box office. Purchased tickets are valid for the entirety of the booked day as visitors might arrive before or after the booked ‘time slot’. Once entered the exhibition, visitors are welcome to stay as long as they want within opening hours. The exhibition is open seven days a week, except for Christmas Day. Tickets are now on sale at www.tut-exhibition.co.za and www.silverstarcasino.co.za.
Hurry, take advantage of the special early bird discounted offer of R20 off ALL ticket prices valid for the exhibition dates from 2 December until 15 December inclusive. Moms and dads who purchase the already discounted family package will enjoy a further R80 off their purchase of four tickets. It takes about two hours to walk through the exhibition, although many visitors stay for longer. There’s a shop carrying official programmes, mementos made in Egypt and other quality merchandise. The fascinating “King Tut” family educational entertainment outing at Silverstar is nothing short of spectacular.
A firm favourite with children, students and adults of all ages, ‘TUTANKHAMUN – His Tomb and His Treasures’ has visited numerous cities, ranging from Zurich and Munich, to Madrid, Budapest, Dublin, Brussels, Paris and Seoul. Set to arrive in Africa for the very first time, the exhibition opens at Silverstar in Muldersdrift, Mogale City, from 2 December 2014 to 1 March 2015. Silverstar – one of Tsogo Sun’s premier entertainment destinations – has just undergone a R560 million-rand redevelopment. Exhibition visitors can therefore also look forward to spectacular entertainment and dining opportunities at one of the most exciting destinations in Gauteng this summer. Whether you’re fascinated by the wonders of ancient Egypt, a budding Egyptologist or you simply want enjoy a fun family outing with a difference, don’t miss ‘TUTANKHAMUN – His Tomb and His Treasures’. ENDS
2 December 2014 – 1 March 2015 inclusive
Muldersdrift, Mogale City
Next to R28 Krugersdorp/Pretoria highway
Sundays – Thursdays: 09h00 – 19h00
Fridays & Saturdays: 09h00 – 21h00
Public Holidays: 09h00 – 21h00
(Last admission 90 minutes prior to closing)
Estimated time to view the entire exhibition: ± 2 hours
Ticket prices (incl. use of audio guide):
Seniors (60+ years) & Students: R120
Children (6 to 18 years): R100
Children 5 years and under: Free
You may access the exhibition at any time within the 30-minute time slot you have selected when booking (on line or at the box office).
Once you have entered the exhibition, you are welcome to stay as long as you want within opening hours.
Early Bird Special
R20 off all individual tickets valid for exhibition dates from 2 to 15 December 2014 inclusive.
Added save of R80 on a family package.
Family and Group discounts and packages
Tsogo Sun Cardholders, School, Group, Family, Pensioner and other special offers are available
Bookings and on-line
Visit www.tut-exhibition.co.za and www.silverstarcasino.co.za for bookings and information
Twitter: www.twitter.com/KingTut_JHB – @kingtut_jhb
Event Hashtag: #KingTut_JHB
ABOUT SC EXHIBITIONS
SC Exhibitions (www.sc-exhibitions.com) is a division of the culture and events promoter Semmel Concerts. The company has been involved in live entertainment for over 20 years and is an affiliate of CTS Eventim AG, Europe’s leading ticketing and live entertainment corporation. “Semmel” stands for the name of company founder Dieter Semmelmann, “Concerts” for cultural experiences such as shows, readings, media projects and venue operation. The exhibition “TUTANKHAMUN – His Tomb and His Treasures” has been a global success since 2008. As an international producer and local host, SC Exhibitions brings entertainment, education and knowledge to a wide audience with selected exhibitions.
ABOUT GREAT WORLD EXHIBITIONS
GREAT WORLD EXHIBITIONS is South Africa’s leading promoter and presenter of internationally acclaimed touring exhibitions. Our proven track record and exclusive focus on delivering touring exhibitions reassure our partners of a commercially sound operating model and a professional service. Our objectives are to entertain, educate and inspire South Africans. We achieve this by showcasing the most exceptional and innovative exhibitions that captivate audiences all over the world. Since 2012, our team has successfully promoted and run three BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life and two Da Vinci – The Genius exhibitions at prime locations in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Our latest venture, TUTANKHAMUN – His Tomb and His Treasures, will open at Silverstar in Johannesburg on 2 December 2014.
Silverstar, the jewel on the West Rand, offers a host of dining options to cater for all tastes with most restaurants overlooking the outdoor square, which features a state-of-the-art 50m² high definition screen for major sporting events. In addition Silverstar offers a 2,200-seater dome hosting a variety of entertainment offerings such as concerts, comedy and exhibitions. The recently upgraded complex features ten-pin bowling, laser tag and six new cinemas boasting the latest 3D technology, including a new Club Select gaming area, thus truly positioning Silverstar as the premier entertainment destination in the West Rand.
ABOUT TSOGO SUN
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