SOURCE: The Old Port of Montreal

The Old Port of Montreal

July 28, 2014 17:48 ET

Tutankhamen's Treasures: The Fascinating Discovery of the Legendary Egyptian Pharaoh's Tomb

At the Old Port of Montreal Until August 26

MONTREAL, QC--(Marketwired - July 28, 2014) - The Old Port of Montreal is hosting an extraordinary travelling exhibition: Tutankhamen's Treasures. Presented in Hangar 16 at the entrance to the Clock Tower Quai, the exhibition reconstructs the tomb of young Pharaoh, Tutankhamen, and its treasures, discovered by explorer Howard Carter in 1922 more than 3,300 years after the ruler's death. 

On display are more than 500 incredibly realistic reproductions that reveal a captivating page from the history of Ancient Egypt, one of the most advanced civilizations of the Ancient World. All these artifacts recall the rich heritage and ancient customs related to Death and the Afterlife at the time of the pharaohs. The exhibition lets visitors relive the drama of discovering the objects in the order in which they were originally unearthed, as each room represents a chamber of Tutankhamen's tomb. The highlight of the tour is a perfect replica of the young king's iconic death mask.

There are also replicas of the fabulous treasures that were to accompany young King Tut in the afterlife. At the heart of the exhibition are the impressive funerary chapels from his burial chamber. The Pharaoh's coffins are also on display, near the reproductions of his mummy and the famous gold mask that covered it. The visit continues with symbolic objects found in the tomb, such as the golden throne and the ruler's splendid ceremonial chariots.

This travelling exhibition reads like a novel of The Remarkable Tale of Tutankhamen as Discovered by Howard Carter, and offers a glimpse into the history of Ancient Egypt. Photos dating from the time of the discovery attest to the accuracy of the reproductions.

After its wildly successful tour across Europe, Tutankhamen's Treasures is finally on display in Montreal until August 26, 2014, at the Old Port in Hangar 16, which was specially designed for the occasion.

Local media representatives are invited to visit the exhibition this Wednesday, July 30 or Thursday, July 31 from 11am. It is important to confirm your possible attendance in advance in order to guarantee the exhibition spokespeople's availability.

Ticket prices: $15/adult, $12/senior (65+), $10/student (13-18), $6/children (7-12), free for children under 6.

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Tutankhamen's Treasures is supported by the Egypt Tourist Authority and funded by Absolute Media, a subsidiary of Maxim Holding. The museum was created by the Horus company, under the supervision of its director, the internationally renowned Dr. Atef Abdel Shafy.

The Old Port of Montreal thanks its major partner the Government of Canada. The Montréal Science Centre acknowledges the support of its presenting partner TELUS and its sponsor Hydro-Québec. The Old Port would also like to thank its partners TELUS, Sleeman, Coca-Cola and ESKA.

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