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Memories of King Tut: “I saw this when…”

September 14th, 2009

AGO in 1979

Preparations continue to welcome King Tut: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs to the AGO for its exclusive Canadian appearance starting Nov. 24, 2009 (starting Nov. 21 if you’re an AGO member). We’ve been thrilled by the positive response here on the blog and on Facebook to our call to share your memories of the 1979 King Tut exhibition. Here’s a few more that have been submitted:

I saw this when I was 6 years old and it made such an impression on me that I can clearly remember the exhibit, especially the golden death mask. I’ve waited 30 years for it to come back! I urge anyone with an interest in history to go see this.

AlisonK

I remember going with my family to the AGO exhibit in Toronto in 1979 when I was 9. A great experience and it coincided with a class project we did at the same time on Egypt that helped us all to learn more about its history.

carl

I had a chance to see former King this past winter in Egypt and was amazed by the complexity of the ancient work. If you can make it to the gallery, it’s absolutely worth the trip. Welcome back to Canada King Tut!

jonmac

I remember seeing the exhibit as part of a school trip in ’79 as an 11 year old – I always had hoped it would return to Toronto but gee I didn’t think it would take 30 years! Anyway better late than never – I can’t wait to see this.

MontyClift

If you have stories of the 1979 exhibition, please share them in the comments! Here’s some nostalgia from our archives to jog your memory:

60 Responses to “Memories of King Tut: “I saw this when…””

  1. Kristin says:

    In November 1979, I was a new immigrant to Canada, having arrived just three years earlier. I had studied anthropology in college and am a history buff. When it was announced that King Tut was coming to the Art Gallery of Ontario, I knew I had to see the exhibition. But I had not yet been to any museums in Toronto and didn’t even know where the AGO was located. The membership offer to join the Gallery and receive two tickets free was the perfect entry point for a new resident of Toronto. I remember being impressed with the Gallery and can recall bits and pieces of the exhibition. But who knew 30 years ago that the next time King Tut came to visit, I would be working at this great institution!

  2. Kristin says:

    In November 1979, I was a new immigrant to Canada, having arrived just three years earlier. I had studied anthropology in college and am a history buff. When it was announced that King Tut was coming to the Art Gallery of Ontario, I knew I had to see the exhibition. But I had not yet been to any museums in Toronto and didn’t even know where the AGO was located. The membership offer to join the Gallery and receive two tickets free was the perfect entry point for a new resident of Toronto. I remember being impressed with the Gallery and can recall bits and pieces of the exhibition. But who knew 30 years ago that the next time King Tut came to visit, I would be working at this great institution!

  3. George says:

    I was 25 when I saw this exhibit with my ex. What I distinctly remember was the anticipation, only to find that I couldn’t get tickets. They disappeared almost immediately.
    Sometime later, I was fortunate to win tickets on a radio promotion here in London. They were timed for 13:00 on a Saturday afternoon.
    I won’t be attending this year – I’ve retired to Florida for the winter months, but still maintain my membership at the AGO.

  4. George says:

    I was 25 when I saw this exhibit with my ex. What I distinctly remember was the anticipation, only to find that I couldn’t get tickets. They disappeared almost immediately.
    Sometime later, I was fortunate to win tickets on a radio promotion here in London. They were timed for 13:00 on a Saturday afternoon.
    I won’t be attending this year – I’ve retired to Florida for the winter months, but still maintain my membership at the AGO.

  5. Todd says:

    I saw the exhibit in 79, they drew names at my school because tickets were limited. On the last day of the draw I was lucky enough to be picked, it moved me in a way I can’t describe. My wife also saw the exhibit in Tokyo in 79-80. Today I have tickets for Nov 29 and I’m taking our kids! It’s a must for anyone who has the slightest interest in Egyptian history.

  6. Todd says:

    I saw the exhibit in 79, they drew names at my school because tickets were limited. On the last day of the draw I was lucky enough to be picked, it moved me in a way I can’t describe. My wife also saw the exhibit in Tokyo in 79-80. Today I have tickets for Nov 29 and I’m taking our kids! It’s a must for anyone who has the slightest interest in Egyptian history.

  7. Mary Ellen Duncan says:

    The Christmas of 1979 saw my sons Geoff, 9, and Jonathan, 6, and I facing the holidays alone for the first time in our lives. With no family nearby to celebrate with, I decided to plan an entirely new approach to the season. We arrived in Toronto the afternoon of December 24th and booked into the Chelsea Inn. After a quick bite to eat, we arrived at the Gallery, timed tickets in hand. That night we were blessed. Just as we entered the exhibit, the curator of Egyptology was starting a private tour for the daughters of a close friend. His ability to read the heiroglyphics and share tales related to Tutankhamun and ancient Egypt made this Christmas eve one of the most unique and memorable in all our lives. I don’t remember his name – but he has our eternal thanks.

  8. Mary Ellen Duncan says:

    The Christmas of 1979 saw my sons Geoff, 9, and Jonathan, 6, and I facing the holidays alone for the first time in our lives. With no family nearby to celebrate with, I decided to plan an entirely new approach to the season. We arrived in Toronto the afternoon of December 24th and booked into the Chelsea Inn. After a quick bite to eat, we arrived at the Gallery, timed tickets in hand. That night we were blessed. Just as we entered the exhibit, the curator of Egyptology was starting a private tour for the daughters of a close friend. His ability to read the heiroglyphics and share tales related to Tutankhamun and ancient Egypt made this Christmas eve one of the most unique and memorable in all our lives. I don’t remember his name – but he has our eternal thanks.

  9. Shari S. says:

    I saw this wonderful exhibit when I was 12 back in 1979 with my mother. I remember intently listening to the audio guide and marveling at each piece being described. I was in awe of the death mask thinking, even at my young age, about how this mask had been placed on a young dead king thousands of years before I came to be looking at it! My mother bought me the exhibit colour photo guidebook afterward and I have looked through that glossy book many times over the years! I was also surprised at Christmas that year to find my mother had ordered a golden personalized cartouche of my name in hieroglyphics! I still own that piece of jewelry to this day! I am very pleased to be attending both the adult showing on November 26th and bringing my children to see the treasures in December! I have already ordered the exhibit colour glossy guide for my children to cherish for years to come!

    Thank you for bringing King Tut back to us once again and for allowing us to share it with another generation!

  10. Shari S. says:

    I saw this wonderful exhibit when I was 12 back in 1979 with my mother. I remember intently listening to the audio guide and marveling at each piece being described. I was in awe of the death mask thinking, even at my young age, about how this mask had been placed on a young dead king thousands of years before I came to be looking at it! My mother bought me the exhibit colour photo guidebook afterward and I have looked through that glossy book many times over the years! I was also surprised at Christmas that year to find my mother had ordered a golden personalized cartouche of my name in hieroglyphics! I still own that piece of jewelry to this day! I am very pleased to be attending both the adult showing on November 26th and bringing my children to see the treasures in December! I have already ordered the exhibit colour glossy guide for my children to cherish for years to come!

    Thank you for bringing King Tut back to us once again and for allowing us to share it with another generation!

  11. Patti says:

    I was 22 years old in 1979, an art student at York University, and working part time in a jewellery store. People went crazy over this show. We couldn’t keep the King Tut costume jewellery in stock and we custom ordered gold and silver cartouches made up of hieroglyphs spelling out the customer’s name – they were gorgeous. I was responsible for the window displays for this chain of stores across Ontario and had pyramid props made – I was so proud of those windows! Thanks for the memories.

  12. Patti says:

    I was 22 years old in 1979, an art student at York University, and working part time in a jewellery store. People went crazy over this show. We couldn’t keep the King Tut costume jewellery in stock and we custom ordered gold and silver cartouches made up of hieroglyphs spelling out the customer’s name – they were gorgeous. I was responsible for the window displays for this chain of stores across Ontario and had pyramid props made – I was so proud of those windows! Thanks for the memories.

  13. faith says:

    When I saw the exhibit in 1979 i was amazed,so amazed that 27 years later I went to Egypt and saw more incredible artifacts at the Cairo Museum.I still have my tickets and my Tut pin from 1979,I will be there for sure.

  14. LINDA RIEDEL says:

    I REMEMBER GOING TO SEE THE KING TUT EXHIBIT WITH MY PARENTS. MY DAD HAD BEEN IN CAIRO DURING WW2, AND HAD SEEN IT AT THAT TIME. HE HAD RAVED ABOUT IT SO WE WENT TO SEE IT WHEN IT CAME TO TORONTO IN 1979. HE POINTED OUT ALL OF THE THINGS THAT HE REMEMBERED, AND EXPLAINED THINGS TO US. IT WAS SUCH A MAGNIFICENT DISPLAY OF TREASURES. IT IS ALSO A CHERISHED MEMORY FOR ME – ONE I WILL NEVER FORGET.

  15. Liz Allder says:

    I just found the ticket stubs and brochure in my Mom’s keepsakes. We saw the exhibit at 9:00 p.m. December 20, 1979 and we took the AGO visits Tutankhamun in Egypt tour March 7 – 16, 1980. What a wonderful trip and great memories. My Mom has Alzheimer’s now but I will go to this exhibit and relive the wonder for the both of us.

  16. Liz Allder says:

    I just found the ticket stubs and brochure in my Mom’s keepsakes. We saw the exhibit at 9:00 p.m. December 20, 1979 and we took the AGO visits Tutankhamun in Egypt tour March 7 – 16, 1980. What a wonderful trip and great memories. My Mom has Alzheimer’s now but I will go to this exhibit and relive the wonder for the both of us.

  17. Lisa Dorion says:

    I went as part of a school trip too, and it started me on a life of facination with all things Egyptian. I still have the special insert from the Toronto Star, and pull it out and look at it from time to time to remember that trip. I’m definitely coming back to see it again!

  18. Lisa Dorion says:

    I went as part of a school trip too, and it started me on a life of facination with all things Egyptian. I still have the special insert from the Toronto Star, and pull it out and look at it from time to time to remember that trip. I’m definitely coming back to see it again!

  19. Jennifer Cole says:

    I was 13 when I saw King Tut. My dad surprised me with tickets on Christmas Eve. We were dressed to the nines for it. He died that following summer. This is one of the best memories I have of him because he knew how much it ment to me and it was just us – our last outting alone before he died. I think of it often and still have the ticket.

  20. Jennifer Cole says:

    I was 13 when I saw King Tut. My dad surprised me with tickets on Christmas Eve. We were dressed to the nines for it. He died that following summer. This is one of the best memories I have of him because he knew how much it ment to me and it was just us – our last outting alone before he died. I think of it often and still have the ticket.

  21. Scott Williams says:

    Hard to believe it was 30 years ago – I remember the staging of the exhibition as clear as day and being led to the centrepiece of the show in a dark, dark room. The drama of it all, I am sure, was the kindle for my love of the promotion of art and revere for AGO. I must return to see the show – again.

  22. Scott Williams says:

    Hard to believe it was 30 years ago – I remember the staging of the exhibition as clear as day and being led to the centrepiece of the show in a dark, dark room. The drama of it all, I am sure, was the kindle for my love of the promotion of art and revere for AGO. I must return to see the show – again.

  23. Mary Hand says:

    I was 14 when my parents took my sister and I to see King Tut and I still have the hieroglyphics pendant they bought me in the gift shop! My niece is now 14 and when I heard this exhibit was coming back I immediately called my sister. She’s thrilled that she may now share the experience with her daughter! This time it will be me, taking my mom back to share the experience with her! Mary Hand

  24. Mary Hand says:

    I was 14 when my parents took my sister and I to see King Tut and I still have the hieroglyphics pendant they bought me in the gift shop! My niece is now 14 and when I heard this exhibit was coming back I immediately called my sister. She’s thrilled that she may now share the experience with her daughter! This time it will be me, taking my mom back to share the experience with her! Mary Hand

  25. Sarah B says:

    When i saw the exhibit in 1979, I was awe-struck by a belt buckle made out of a continuous gold wire. It showed Tut on a chariot. I will never forget it.

  26. Sarah B says:

    When i saw the exhibit in 1979, I was awe-struck by a belt buckle made out of a continuous gold wire. It showed Tut on a chariot. I will never forget it.

  27. HI:
    Its nice to see that this exhibit is coming back! I was 17 when I saw it in 1979. I still have the origional ticket stub and I remember I bought a book of post cards which I still have here. I plan to bring my kids so they can also see this. It is an amazing collection. I’m sur that it will be even more pleasant with all the advances in the actual exhibiting practices. Great stuff!

  28. HI:
    Its nice to see that this exhibit is coming back! I was 17 when I saw it in 1979. I still have the origional ticket stub and I remember I bought a book of post cards which I still have here. I plan to bring my kids so they can also see this. It is an amazing collection. I’m sur that it will be even more pleasant with all the advances in the actual exhibiting practices. Great stuff!

  29. melissa w says:

    I was 9 years old when my parents brought me to see the exhibit at the AGO. I have vivid memories of the exhibit. What an exciting day we had!! I still have my ticket stub, and a King Tut commemorative tin (it had chocolates in it… but don’t worry I ate them). The tin is on display on top of my kitchen cupboards! I remember we bought a book in the gift shop about King Tut which I still have in my book collection. I was in grade 4 and obsessed with becoming an archaeologist – any way I could work egyptology into my school assignments I would – reports, creative writing etc. I ended up getting a degree in archaeology and I now work in the museum/gallery field….who knew that the KING would have such an influence on my life! I can’t wait to get my tickets…this time I am going to be the one to bring my parents to the AGO!

  30. melissa w says:

    I was 9 years old when my parents brought me to see the exhibit at the AGO. I have vivid memories of the exhibit. What an exciting day we had!! I still have my ticket stub, and a King Tut commemorative tin (it had chocolates in it… but don’t worry I ate them). The tin is on display on top of my kitchen cupboards! I remember we bought a book in the gift shop about King Tut which I still have in my book collection. I was in grade 4 and obsessed with becoming an archaeologist – any way I could work egyptology into my school assignments I would – reports, creative writing etc. I ended up getting a degree in archaeology and I now work in the museum/gallery field….who knew that the KING would have such an influence on my life! I can’t wait to get my tickets…this time I am going to be the one to bring my parents to the AGO!

  31. Kathleen Howey Murphy says:

    I still remember the thrill of this original exhibit !! I was ten years old then, and my mom and dad drove us from Youngstown, NY to Toronto to see it–I was so excited the whole drive! We arrived and found we could not afford three tickets, so my father waited outside while my mother and I wandered, utterly entranced, through the amazing sites of King Tut’s glory. What a selfless gesture — I look forward to giving Dad the chance to see it this time around, can’t wait!

  32. Kathleen Howey Murphy says:

    I still remember the thrill of this original exhibit !! I was ten years old then, and my mom and dad drove us from Youngstown, NY to Toronto to see it–I was so excited the whole drive! We arrived and found we could not afford three tickets, so my father waited outside while my mother and I wandered, utterly entranced, through the amazing sites of King Tut’s glory. What a selfless gesture — I look forward to giving Dad the chance to see it this time around, can’t wait!

  33. I went in 1979. I was eight. I was mesmorized by the exhibit. We had hit the gift shop at the end, and my Mom had bought me a book on King Tut. I carried that book around with me for years. I also became King Tut obsessed. Submitted many school assignments on the subject. I am so glad that this exhibit is back in Toronto!

  34. I went in 1979. I was eight. I was mesmorized by the exhibit. We had hit the gift shop at the end, and my Mom had bought me a book on King Tut. I carried that book around with me for years. I also became King Tut obsessed. Submitted many school assignments on the subject. I am so glad that this exhibit is back in Toronto!

  35. Vic Simon says:

    Back in 79 I remember that my stepdad who was a repairman at Krug Furniture and I went to make a Emergency repair to King Tut’s wood throne due to damage during shipping. It was an awesome experience considering I was 12 at the time. I now can’t wait to relive it all again.

  36. Vic Simon says:

    Back in 79 I remember that my stepdad who was a repairman at Krug Furniture and I went to make a Emergency repair to King Tut’s wood throne due to damage during shipping. It was an awesome experience considering I was 12 at the time. I now can’t wait to relive it all again.

  37. Fiona says:

    When I saw the announcement that King Tut was coming back 30 years later I just knew I’d have to bring my son. We went as a family 30 years ago and I remember the exhibit vividly as it had that much of an effect on me. I still have the ticket stub and a piece of scarab jewellery I purchased….

  38. Fiona says:

    When I saw the announcement that King Tut was coming back 30 years later I just knew I’d have to bring my son. We went as a family 30 years ago and I remember the exhibit vividly as it had that much of an effect on me. I still have the ticket stub and a piece of scarab jewellery I purchased….

  39. Anu Bose says:

    I saw the King Tut exhibition a year before my then-husband and I left for South Asia. We drove in from Ottawa and met our closes friends another couple who lived in Toronto. I remember queueing to get in…..it was a stunning exhibition and I still have the catalogue somewhere.

    I will be coming back to Toronto from Ottawa where I now live again. But, it will be bitter-sweet. I have since seen much more Egyptian art in NY, London, Manchester and Paris.

    I will be there with my now husband who is a very well-informed person on ancient Egypt. I am hoping we will be joined by the woman from that couple of long ago who still remains a friend of mine. After the exhibition we hope to repair to a pub and raise a glass to the return of King Tut and to the memory of my other friend from long ago who is now no more.

  40. Anu Bose says:

    I saw the King Tut exhibition a year before my then-husband and I left for South Asia. We drove in from Ottawa and met our closes friends another couple who lived in Toronto. I remember queueing to get in…..it was a stunning exhibition and I still have the catalogue somewhere.

    I will be coming back to Toronto from Ottawa where I now live again. But, it will be bitter-sweet. I have since seen much more Egyptian art in NY, London, Manchester and Paris.

    I will be there with my now husband who is a very well-informed person on ancient Egypt. I am hoping we will be joined by the woman from that couple of long ago who still remains a friend of mine. After the exhibition we hope to repair to a pub and raise a glass to the return of King Tut and to the memory of my other friend from long ago who is now no more.

  41. Jean Van Rompaey says:

    I went to see the King Tut exhibit in 1979 with my grade 7 class. My teacher Mr. Wong made a great impression on me when we went to the exhibit. I still have a book of photos that he purchased, and gave to me for a Christmas present. I will be sure to take my family to see the exhibit and view the wonder.

  42. Jean Van Rompaey says:

    I went to see the King Tut exhibit in 1979 with my grade 7 class. My teacher Mr. Wong made a great impression on me when we went to the exhibit. I still have a book of photos that he purchased, and gave to me for a Christmas present. I will be sure to take my family to see the exhibit and view the wonder.

  43. rupert lennox says:

    Was the display 30 years ago at the AGO?

  44. rupert lennox says:

    Was the display 30 years ago at the AGO?

  45. When King Tut was here in Toronto, in 1979, I didn’t even think about it; it seemed highly unlikely I’d be going to see the exhibit for two reasons:

    1) money was tight; even though we both worked full times, our income went to frivolous things – like rent, food and bill paying;

    2) it just didn’t interest me. I viewed it as just a lot of history from one of those places I didn’t identify with.

    Then out of the proverbial blue, came a phonecall from a lady I’d worked with – Pat.

    “How about going to see King Tut with me tonight?”

    Seems she had two tickets, but the person who was going to accompany her, had to cancel.

    So lucky me! Going to see King Tut!

    I wasn’t that excited about the event itself – but it was a good excuse to leave the kids with Daddy and go out for the evening.

    At the time, there were rumours of something spiritual, something mystic, something downright eerie going around about the King Tut exhibit. Some believed King Tut’s remains and goods, weren’t meant to be toted around the world like that – they were meant to be left right where they’d been buried, under some very elaborate construction, in places ‘somebody’ carved out in dear old Mother Earth.

    King Tut, they said, would have his revenge on all those involved, even if the involvement was so little as attending the exhibit.

    But this mysterious power, some thought, could work in a positive way, as well. Fortune, fame, sorrow – whatever would come – maybe just some good inspiration for my pen. Being a new writer, at the time, I had some idea rolling around in my head that my art might bring money.

    I knew there was no money in poetry, but also knew there was no poetry in money either. Still, it wouldn’t hurt to draw in some of that power from the old king.

    When we arrived at the gallery, there was plenty of opportunity to buy something – trinkets, carvings, figurines, all having to do with King Tut’s treasures.

    As I’d carried no more than coffee and muffin money, so I could treat my friend after the show before we came home, I settled for collecting a few pamphlets of which there were many.

    After a fascinating and very enjoyable walk round the exhibit, I was intrigued with King Tut and happily returned home to pour over the collection of what my Dad used to call ‘paraphenalia’, that being a lot of paper with pictures of just about everything on display.

    Now, thirty years later, our royal friend has returned to Toronto and we’ll have all that time from now to April to pay our respects.

    Welcome, Tutankhamun! Nice to see you again!

  46. When King Tut was here in Toronto, in 1979, I didn’t even think about it; it seemed highly unlikely I’d be going to see the exhibit for two reasons:

    1) money was tight; even though we both worked full times, our income went to frivolous things – like rent, food and bill paying;

    2) it just didn’t interest me. I viewed it as just a lot of history from one of those places I didn’t identify with.

    Then out of the proverbial blue, came a phonecall from a lady I’d worked with – Pat.

    “How about going to see King Tut with me tonight?”

    Seems she had two tickets, but the person who was going to accompany her, had to cancel.

    So lucky me! Going to see King Tut!

    I wasn’t that excited about the event itself – but it was a good excuse to leave the kids with Daddy and go out for the evening.

    At the time, there were rumours of something spiritual, something mystic, something downright eerie going around about the King Tut exhibit. Some believed King Tut’s remains and goods, weren’t meant to be toted around the world like that – they were meant to be left right where they’d been buried, under some very elaborate construction, in places ‘somebody’ carved out in dear old Mother Earth.

    King Tut, they said, would have his revenge on all those involved, even if the involvement was so little as attending the exhibit.

    But this mysterious power, some thought, could work in a positive way, as well. Fortune, fame, sorrow – whatever would come – maybe just some good inspiration for my pen. Being a new writer, at the time, I had some idea rolling around in my head that my art might bring money.

    I knew there was no money in poetry, but also knew there was no poetry in money either. Still, it wouldn’t hurt to draw in some of that power from the old king.

    When we arrived at the gallery, there was plenty of opportunity to buy something – trinkets, carvings, figurines, all having to do with King Tut’s treasures.

    As I’d carried no more than coffee and muffin money, so I could treat my friend after the show before we came home, I settled for collecting a few pamphlets of which there were many.

    After a fascinating and very enjoyable walk round the exhibit, I was intrigued with King Tut and happily returned home to pour over the collection of what my Dad used to call ‘paraphenalia’, that being a lot of paper with pictures of just about everything on display.

    Now, thirty years later, our royal friend has returned to Toronto and we’ll have all that time from now to April to pay our respects.

    Welcome, Tutankhamun! Nice to see you again!

  47. Elizabeth Morin says:

    As a contributing member of the AGO, I had the privilege of seeing the new King Tut exhibit on the opening weekend and like everyone else I was (and still am) completely mesmerized and enchanted by what I saw. Of course, the items on exhibit are for the most part very different from what was on display 30 years ago, so even though I saw the King Tut exhibit in 1979, this was still all new to me. What I do remember is the enormous crowd that made it very difficult to get up close and read the plaques, a concern that seems to have been very well addressed this time around as the plaques are posted up above and around the display cases, as well as at the hip level, making it accessible to read for almost anyone no matter where they are standing.

    I also wanted to mention to anyone who purchased the fabulous book “The Gold of Tutankhamen” by Kamal El Mallakh and Arnold C. Brackman, which complimented the 1979 exhibit, that if you haven’t given it a look lately, do so. After my tour of the exhibit on November 22nd, I rushed home and read that fascinating book, from cover to cover. It is full of intriguing perspectives and historical anecdotes of the King Tut discovery and its aftermath, not to mention the beautiful colour plates that were of items from the King Tut tomb but not replicating the exhibit itself. The content of the book is written with such passion, in a style that is intimately engaging that it is hard to put down. The images that it conjures up are, with the story that it tells, simply fascinating. It made me fall in love with Egypt all over again !
    Elizabeth Morin

  48. Elizabeth Morin says:

    As a contributing member of the AGO, I had the privilege of seeing the new King Tut exhibit on the opening weekend and like everyone else I was (and still am) completely mesmerized and enchanted by what I saw. Of course, the items on exhibit are for the most part very different from what was on display 30 years ago, so even though I saw the King Tut exhibit in 1979, this was still all new to me. What I do remember is the enormous crowd that made it very difficult to get up close and read the plaques, a concern that seems to have been very well addressed this time around as the plaques are posted up above and around the display cases, as well as at the hip level, making it accessible to read for almost anyone no matter where they are standing.

    I also wanted to mention to anyone who purchased the fabulous book “The Gold of Tutankhamen” by Kamal El Mallakh and Arnold C. Brackman, which complimented the 1979 exhibit, that if you haven’t given it a look lately, do so. After my tour of the exhibit on November 22nd, I rushed home and read that fascinating book, from cover to cover. It is full of intriguing perspectives and historical anecdotes of the King Tut discovery and its aftermath, not to mention the beautiful colour plates that were of items from the King Tut tomb but not replicating the exhibit itself. The content of the book is written with such passion, in a style that is intimately engaging that it is hard to put down. The images that it conjures up are, with the story that it tells, simply fascinating. It made me fall in love with Egypt all over again !
    Elizabeth Morin

  49. christine says:

    I vividly remember going to the King Tutankhamun exhibit when I was ten years old with the rest of my class. I was so mesmerized and almost hypnotized by this incredible ancient egyptian art. I remember seeing the golden sarcophagus of Tut, gleaming in all it’s glory and his golden mask. I couldn’t believe how well preserved they looked, considering their age. I remember gazing at the delicate head of Nefertit for several minutes, noticing some of the effects of time on it, looking at every detail and flaw but, admiring the artistic value of it. I suppose this influenced me to do very well in history and very well in my Ancient Egyptian project.

  50. christine says:

    I vividly remember going to the King Tutankhamun exhibit when I was ten years old with the rest of my class. I was so mesmerized and almost hypnotized by this incredible ancient egyptian art. I remember seeing the golden sarcophagus of Tut, gleaming in all it’s glory and his golden mask. I couldn’t believe how well preserved they looked, considering their age. I remember gazing at the delicate head of Nefertit for several minutes, noticing some of the effects of time on it, looking at every detail and flaw but, admiring the artistic value of it. I suppose this influenced me to do very well in history and very well in my Ancient Egyptian project.

  51. Greg says:

    When I was in Grade 4 way back in ’79 some of the King Tut exibit came to Sudbury. My class went to see it @ the Bell Museum, It was a field trip that i never forgot. I will be Going to The AGO to see it again

  52. Greg says:

    When I was in Grade 4 way back in ’79 some of the King Tut exibit came to Sudbury. My class went to see it @ the Bell Museum, It was a field trip that i never forgot. I will be Going to The AGO to see it again

  53. Kim says:

    I was 19 when I went to see the King Tut exhibit in 1979. Tickets were sold out, but I was lucky enough to get some from my employer who could not use the ones he had. Always having been mistified with Egypt, I could hardly wait to get there. I remember vividly walking around the exhibit and being amazed by everything I saw. The workmanship of all the items and jewellry was amazing. Seeing that exhibit was one of the special times of my life. Imagine my joy when I read that it was coming again to the AGO. I bought tickets online and took my husband and 2 daugthers on February 20th. The exhibit was amazing and although I was a little disappointed that the “death mask” was not there, the exhibit was wonderful and well worth going to see. The audio tour was very informative and each item had a plaque to explain what we were looking at. It still amazes me how those ancient Egyptians made all that exquisite jewellry by hand with no modern machinery. My husband and daugthers were equally amazed and could not believe they were looking at things that were over 3000 years old! Congratulations AGO, the exhibit was excellent! Thank you for bringing King Tut to Canada again!!

  54. Kim says:

    I was 19 when I went to see the King Tut exhibit in 1979. Tickets were sold out, but I was lucky enough to get some from my employer who could not use the ones he had. Always having been mistified with Egypt, I could hardly wait to get there. I remember vividly walking around the exhibit and being amazed by everything I saw. The workmanship of all the items and jewellry was amazing. Seeing that exhibit was one of the special times of my life. Imagine my joy when I read that it was coming again to the AGO. I bought tickets online and took my husband and 2 daugthers on February 20th. The exhibit was amazing and although I was a little disappointed that the “death mask” was not there, the exhibit was wonderful and well worth going to see. The audio tour was very informative and each item had a plaque to explain what we were looking at. It still amazes me how those ancient Egyptians made all that exquisite jewellry by hand with no modern machinery. My husband and daugthers were equally amazed and could not believe they were looking at things that were over 3000 years old! Congratulations AGO, the exhibit was excellent! Thank you for bringing King Tut to Canada again!!

  55. Anne Waller says:

    Went with grade 4 class in 1979, and will be going this month. Still have my souvenir t-shirt, obviously it doesn’t fit. Oh well! Fun for show and tell.

  56. Anne Waller says:

    Went with grade 4 class in 1979, and will be going this month. Still have my souvenir t-shirt, obviously it doesn’t fit. Oh well! Fun for show and tell.

  57. Diane Wheatley says:

    I saw the exhibit in ’79 with my (younger) brother and parents – I was 14 at the time and did not appreciate the visit to the full extent. I remember rushing through it with my brother – not stopping to read. I have always regretted this. SO, I am coming to Toronto to see it again. This time bringing two of my own kids (14 and 16) AND my mom. I want her to be able to fully enjoy it this time.
    Possibly she can even replace her gold cartuche that my father purchaed at the ’79 show. It was stolen from their home in the 90’s.
    I still have my ticket stub from the last show ! I am so glad TUT is back !

  58. Diane Wheatley says:

    I saw the exhibit in ’79 with my (younger) brother and parents – I was 14 at the time and did not appreciate the visit to the full extent. I remember rushing through it with my brother – not stopping to read. I have always regretted this. SO, I am coming to Toronto to see it again. This time bringing two of my own kids (14 and 16) AND my mom. I want her to be able to fully enjoy it this time.
    Possibly she can even replace her gold cartuche that my father purchaed at the ’79 show. It was stolen from their home in the 90’s.
    I still have my ticket stub from the last show ! I am so glad TUT is back !

  59. Diane F says:

    I was at the 1979 exibit and found it truly remarkable. I purchased a book that contained coloured pictures of everything that was on display. It would have been less than 50 pages and 8 x 11 in size. I had it for many years but can no longer find it. I would love to replace it so if anyone knows who I could write to to obtain a copy it would be appreciated. Thank you for any help you can give me. Welcome back King Tut.

  60. Diane F says:

    I was at the 1979 exibit and found it truly remarkable. I purchased a book that contained coloured pictures of everything that was on display. It would have been less than 50 pages and 8 x 11 in size. I had it for many years but can no longer find it. I would love to replace it so if anyone knows who I could write to to obtain a copy it would be appreciated. Thank you for any help you can give me. Welcome back King Tut.

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