Thu, 16 Jul 2020 - 04:27 GMT
Tutankhamun, The Golden King - Press photo
CAIRO – 16 July 2020: Tutankhamun’s exhibition in France was able to achieve remarkable success, setting a new record in the history of the most visited exhibitions held in the country.
The exhibition was visited by a total of 1,423,170 visitors during a time span of six months beginning March 23, 2019.
Moreover, the exhibition was then moved to London. The exhibition was expected to achieve another unprecedent success in the British capital, however, COVID-19 hit the world and that caused the exhibition to shut down ahead of the scheduled time.
Due to the emergency state in London due to COVID-19, the King Tutankhamun exhibition that opened on November 1, 2019 will end in May 2020.
The British authorities recently asked Egypt to extend the exhibition for 44 days in compensation for the time the exhibition closed due the COVID-19 pandemic.
Egypt’s Cabinet approved the offer submitted by the organizer of the Tutankhamun exhibition "The Golden Pharaoh".
The exhibition period was initially scheduled to end on April 30, but the question that begs itself is, is the exhibition currently reopened?
Tutankhamun exhibition is still currently closed in London due to the negative impact of COVID-19, and abiding by the precautionary measures imposed by the British government. The British government did not issue a decision to reopen the exhibition yet.
At the beginning of launching the exhibition in London, the organizing company stated that tickets were rapidly sold out and visitors was lined up for hours awaiting their turn to enter.
In light of the great success of the exhibition, the COVID-19 pandemic came to destroy Britain's hopes of achieving the record number of visits to the exhibition of Tutankhamun.
However, the museum that hosts 150 ancient Egyptian artifacts created a virtual tour on the museum’s official page, enabling the British citizens to tour the ancient Egyptian treasures online, as a compensation for closing the exhibition.
The exhibition includes 150 figures with 166 artifacts, which are duplicates of jewelry and Ushabti statues. The profits made by the exhibition so far totaled up to $5 million dollars.