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Tutankhamun Exhibit at Palazzo Medici Riccardi in Florence

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From February 15 to June 2, 2020, the Carriage Museum (Galleria delle Carrozze) in Palazzo Medici Riccardi will host Tutankhamun: a Journey to Eternity. The exhibition is curated by Maria Cristina Guidotti.

Successfully presented in the United States, Central America, South America as well as in various European capitals, the exhibition has been traveling for the past two years within Italy. Now, it has come to Florence to charm its visitors with the Egyptian culture.


Tutankhamun Exhibit: An Interactive Experience

Content of the exhibition in Florence

This exhibit is a totally immersive experience thanks to the faithful reproductions from Cairo, the original finds made available by the National Archaeological Museum of Florence, 3D technology, and innovative Virtual Reality. All the incredible treasures destined to accompany the young pharaoh on his last journey will be revealed.

The only example of a royal burial with the linens found intact, the tomb of Tutankhamun was discovered in 1922 by Howard Carter. This archaeologist and artist changed history forever with his discovery. The display includes reproductions including canopic vessels, the statue of Anubis, the golden throne and the wonderful golden mask that protected the face and shoulders of the mummy.

Unpublished finds such as the painted wooden sarcophagus of Padihorpakhered will also be on display. On loan from the Egyptian Section of the National Archaeological Museum of Florence, this precious find has maintained its decoration on all surfaces.


Virtual reality ecperience at Tutankhamun Exhibit in Florence

A virtual reality experience will give curious and passionate fans the chance to visit one of the most famous places in the world. Howard Carter’s inventory cards and Henry Burton’s archival photos, preserved at the Griffith Institute at the University of Oxford, served as the primary sources for the funeral chamber reproduction. The exterior of the tomb was also designed in such a way as to recreate the excavation site prepared by Howard Carter.

Visitors can put on a virtual reality headset and use two controllers that allow you to enter the reconstructed environment in person and interact with it. You can focus in on individual objects, grasping them as if they were actually there. Carter himself will narrate the pages in his diaries relaying the emotion of the incredible discovery. And in the burial chamber, you’ll be able to decipher the hieroglyphics on the walls thanks to the careful translation of Pasquale Barile.

Don’t let the virtual reality experience intimidate you because the controllers are so simple that the exhibit is appropriate for all ages!

More info


Palazzo Medici Riccardi – Galleria delle Carrozze
February 15 through June 2, 2020

Opening Hours

Monday through Thursday from 10 am to 8 pm
Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 11 pm
Sunday from 10 am to 8 pm
Ticket counter closes one hour prior to closing.

Ticket prices and more info available on Palazzo Medici‘s official website.

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