30 March – 30 December 1972
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The exhibition Treasures of Tutankhamun was opened on 30 March 1972 by H.M. Queen Elizabeth II.
The public reaction to the exhibition was overwhelming. Originally scheduled to run for six months, the exhibition was extended until 30 December 1972 because of its popularity. It was open six and a half days per week, 10am – 9pm.
A total of 1,694,117 visitors saw the objects, over 7,000 per day. Every day, long queues of visitors stretched from the first floor galleries, where the exhibition was staged, back through the Museum, around the forecourt and colonnade and out onto the pavements.
Queen Elizabeth II meets Egyptian officials at the opening of the exhibition. Left to right: Margaret Hall (exhibition designer); Dr I E S Edwards (Keeper of Egyptian Antiquities at the British Museum); Dr Henry Riad (Director, the Egyptian Museum, Cairo); Dr Zaki Iskander (Director, Cairo Museum Laboratory), Dr Gamal Mukhtar (Under-Secretary of State for Antiquities).