Viking Cruises to sponsor Tutankhamun exhibition

Viking Cruises will be the presenting sponsor of the London leg of the TUTANKHAMUN: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh world tour.

Produced by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities and IMG, the exhibition features the largest collection of Tutankhamun’s treasures ever to travel outside of Egypt, and will open at the Saatchi Gallery on 2 November 2019.

The London engagement, presented by Viking Cruises, will be the third stop on the exhibition’s 10-city world tour following residences in Los Angeles and Paris, and is part of the celebrations for the 100th year anniversary of the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb.

It will be the first time that 60 of the 150 original artefacts from Tutankhamun’s tomb will be seen in the UK on their first journey outside of Egypt. At the conclusion of the tour, the artefacts will go on permanent display at the Grand Egyptian Museum, which is supported by exhibition proceeds.

Wendy Atkin-Smith, Managing Director of Viking Cruises UK, said: “At Viking Cruises, we are destination focused and dedicated to offering immersive and culturally enriching experiences to all our guests. We are passionate about connecting cultures all around the world, so we are thrilled to be supporting the London leg of the TUTANKHAMUN: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh tour and to be part of the centenary celebrations. We are excited about giving visitors to the London exhibition the chance to see these priceless artefacts first-hand, especially as it is the last time they will be seen outside of Egypt.”

“We are proud to welcome Viking Cruises aboard as presenting sponsor for this important exhibition’s London debut,” said John Norman, Managing Director, Exhibitions, IMG.

Since 2018, Viking has cruised on the Nile in 2018 with its purpose-built ship, Viking Ra. The eight-day cruise is part of its 12-day Pharaohs & Pyramids tour that begins in Cairo.

Anthony Pearce

Anthony Pearce is the co-publisher of CRUISE ADVISER. He can be contacted on anthony@cruise-adviser.com 

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