Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs


Like most royal and wealthy citizens in ancient Egyptian times, King Tut was mummified – this was believed essential for the spiritual essence of the person to continue into the afterlife. Mummification was an elaborate process that took at least 70 days.

Click of the headings below to follow the process.

The Mummy was complete!

Tutankhamun's mummy has never left the Valley of the Kings and remains in the tomb today, where it is protected by climate-control.

This material is adapted from text written by Dr. Zahi Hawass in his book
Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs (National Geographic Books 2005).


The exhibition is organised by the National Geographic Society, Arts and Exhibitions International and IMG, with cooperation from the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities.