Treasures of Tutankhamun
30 March – 30 December 1972
Sponsored by The Times and The Sunday Times newspapers
The Treasures of Tutankhamun exhibition is the most popular exhibition in the Museum’s history.
Opened on 30 March 1972 by H.M. Queen Elizabeth II, the exhibition coincided with the 50th anniversary of the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb. Over 1,650,000 visitors came to see the objects on loan from Egypt.
In total, 50 objects were exhibited in Treasures of Tutankhamun, one for every year since the discovery of the tomb. The star object was the famous gold mask from the head of the king’s mummy.
Cover of the catalogue accompanying the exhibition Treasures of Tutankhamun.