Following its recent success to critical acclaim in Johannesburg, the international exhibition ‘TUTANKHAMUN – HIS TOMB AND HIS TREASURES’ opens at GrandWest on Tuesday, 2 June 2015 and runs throughout the winter school holidays and beyond. This captivating exhibition gives patrons 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.
Exhibition goers and members of the media raved about “King Tut” during its recent run in Johannesburg. “Initially I had misgivings about seeing replicas of the original artifacts, but the exhibitors have so got it right.” says IOL.co.za, while The Mercury hails the exhibition as “intelligently produced, thoughtfully curated, well presented and profoundly realistic.”
Seen by over five million people worldwide and by over 70,000 visitors in Johannesburg, the exhibition has faithfully reconstructed the tomb of Tutankhamun to scale. 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 “I am absolutely thrilled to be bringing King Tut’s magic to Cape Town. I can’t tell you what it means to see the huge excitement on visitors’ faces and then to read the countless emails from people expressing how mesmerised they’ve been by the unbelievable beauty and fascinating insights revealed by what is probably the greatest archaeological story and discovery of all time.”
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 producer SC Exhibitions (Germany), Great World Exhibitions and GrandWest, the exhibition brings the historic moment and the story of the burial treasure’s discovery to life in a unique way.
Located in the new “SunExhibits” centre at GrandWest, previously known as the “Magic Castle”, exhibition goers 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 is 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. 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 half-hour time slots. Visitors may choose when to arrive within the time slot they have selected while booking online or at the exhibition. Once inside the exhibition, visitors are welcome to stay as long as they want within opening hours. The exhibition is open seven days a week. Tickets are now on sale at www.tut-exhibition.co.za
Hurry, take advantage of the special early bird discounted offer of R20 off ALL ticket prices valid from 2 to 12 June 2015 inclusive. This equates to a further R80 discount on four tickets for moms and dads who purchase the already discounted family package! GrandWest Most Valued Guest loyalty members can also enjoy R20 off ALL adult ticket prices throughout the duration of the exhibition.
It takes about two hours to walk through the exhibition, although many visitors stay for longer. There is a shop carrying official programmes, mementos made in Egypt and other quality merchandise. The fascinating “King Tut” family educational entertainment outing at GrandWest is nothing short of spectacular.
A firm favourite with children, students and adults of all ages, ‘TUTANKHAMUN – HIS TOMB AND HIS TREASURES’ opens at GrandWest SunExhibits from 2 June 2015. Whether you are fascinated by the wonders of ancient Egypt, a budding Egyptologist, or you simply want to enjoy a fun family outing with a difference, do not miss ‘TUTANKHAMUN – HIS TOMB AND HIS TREASURES’.
Exhibition dates: Opens 2 June 2015 until 27 September 2015
Venue: SunExhibits, at GrandWest
Opening times: Sundays – Thursdays: 09h00 – 19h00?Fridays and Saturdays: 09h00 – 21h00
Public Holidays: 09h00 – 19h00?(Last admission 90 minutes prior to closing)
Estimated time to view the entire exhibition: ± 2 hours
Ticket prices (including use of audio guide):
Adults – R160; ?Seniors (60+ years) and 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 12 June 2015 inclusive.
This means an added saving of R80 on a family package.
Family and Group discounts and packages
MVG loyalty cardholders get R20 off all adult ticket prices
School, Group, Family, Pensioner and other special offers are also available
About SC Exhibitions
SC Exhibitions (www.sc-exhibitions.com) is a division of the culture and events promoter Semmel Concerts Entertainment. 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.
About Great World Exhibitions
Great World Exhibitions (www.greatworldexhbitions.co.za) 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.
GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World in Cape Town is the largest entertainment destination of its kind in South Africa and Sun International’s most successful casino property. It offers an around-the-clock wonderland encompassing a casino, restaurants, bars, theatre, cinema and nightclub all under one roof and is a never-ending world of fun, food and fabulous family entertainment.
About Sun International
The Sun International Group is southern Africa’s premier hotels, gaming and entertainment group, with a diverse portfolio of properties including 28 hotels, ranging from three star to world class five star hotels; 12 modern and well located casinos, and premium resorts in superb locations.