Lyons.  The Tutankhamun exhibition is a hit: "Is the grave real?" We tell you everything

Lyons. The Tutankhamun exhibition is a hit: "Is the grave real?" We tell you everything

Exhibition “Tutankhamun. Discovering the Forgotten Pharaoh’ is a popular activity during this All Saints’ Day in Lyon. (©AS / news Lyon)

An exhibition dedicated to discovery Tutankhamun’s tomb has been a hit since its beginnings at La Sucrière in the Confluence district of Lyon. This is a flagship trip for parents accompanying their children over the All Saints school holidays. News from Lyon went there (and loved it).

“In France we have a passion for Egypt”

Exhibition “Tutankhamun. Discovering the Forgotten Pharaoh’ is doing so well in Lyon that we are talking about thousands of visitors a day on weekends and during these holidays. “This confirms the trend after the Hyperrealism exhibition, which was very successful with 100,000 visitors,” explains Camille Orlhac, operations manager of Tempora, which is presenting the exhibition at Europa Expo.

The highlight of the show: the famous 11-kilogram gold mask with clear quartz eyes.  The centerpiece of the Cairo Museum.
The highlight of the show: the famous 11-kilogram gold mask with clear quartz eyes. The centerpiece of the Cairo Museum. (©AS / news Lyon)

With the help of a narrative audio guide, visitors are immersed a truly immersive adventure. “With the kits, they feel like they’re going on a trip. People are on the edge of Egypt,” notes one who also does guided tours. “In France we have a passion for Egypt. It is very present in popular culture, the collective imagination. Moreover, the exhibition starts from there: we separate truth from lies. »

“Tutankhamun was a small pharaoh”

During the visit, you will watch the discovery of the tomb of the British archaeologist Howard Carter. “We realize that Tutankhamun was a small pharaoh. What makes the matter around him is the unprecedented scientific discovery of his tomb.

They are not actual pieces from Tutankhamun's tomb, but the immersive experience of the exhibition is worth it.
They are not actual pieces from Tutankhamun’s tomb, but the immersive experience of the exhibition is worth it. (©AS / news Lyon)

For Camille Orlhac, the big difference between this exhibition and others in Egypt is the angle of attack. “Visitors are forced to experience the discovery of the tomb as if they did it themselves. Next, we talk to them about pharaohs, of those people who lived at that time. What were their habits? How did we put on our makeup, what did we eat? What were they doing with their lives? »

It’s not a real grave, but…

Very banal questions that allow any visitor to be interested in this vast topic that is ancient Egypt.

Every day, thousands of visitors visit the exhibition dedicated to the discovery of Tutankhamun in Lyon.
Every day, thousands of visitors visit the exhibition dedicated to the discovery of Tutankhamun in Lyon. (©AS / news Lyon)

During the exhibition, whether you are an adult or a child, one question will always be asked: “Is this the real tomb? Well no…disappointed? According to Camille Orlhac, there is no reason for this.

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The grave is a real fake. The objects presented here belong to the collection of the Cairo Museum. There are about 300 of them. At the same time, they are restoring them in the museum, making very scientifically controlled copies. This is the first time we have sent these copies from Cairo to France. It is true that with a facsimile (identical reproduction) we lose the essence of the real ones, but there we can reproduce the tomb at the time of discovery. We can stage them. It’s easier because the real ones are overprotected.

Camille OrlhacOperations Manager at Tempora

To complete the visit, children can participate in games such as searching for objects present in the exhibition. There is even an option escape game. “Beginners or specialists, everyone will find something of interest in this exhibition” and the current attendance proves Camille Orlhac right.

Opening hours: weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed on Mondays and on weekends, school holidays and public holidays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Price: 17 EUR fare for adults.

Box office: / €13 youth rate / child 6-18 €13 (free for children under 6) / adult group €15 / school group €9 / family pack €52 / reduced rate €13 / various partnerships (CE…) € 15 € / guided tour € 90 / Sytral (TCL) € 15 / Accompanying teacher days € 13 / Teacher (without class) € 13.

Phone: 04 78 79 23 61.

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