The Tutankhamun Exhibition has become recognised by Groups from over much of England. Visitors can experience the mystery and wonder of the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb first hand. The Exhibition - the most comprehensive and innovative on the boy pharaoh outside of Egypt - actually recreates the tomb, treasures, and mummy of Tutankhamun.
The Tutankhamun Exhibition is the successor to the famous 1972 London exhibition at the British Museum. However, because the Exhibition uses unique, accurate and perfect facsimiles of the king's treasures, it has been possible to recreate the ante-chamber and burial chamber of the tomb exactly as it was when it was discovered by Howard Carter in 1922; thus capturing a moment in time forever. The Tutankhamun Exhibition is a permanent exhibition situated in the centre of Dorchester, the county town of Dorset. The Exhibition has a thriving schools programme.
The Exhibition starts with a wealth of information on various aspects of Ancient Egypt including the Rosetta Stone and Mummification; the historical & political background to the life of Tutankhamun; and the search for, and discovery of, his tomb. Next is a unique recreation of Tutankhamun's mummy. The body has been replicated using special techniques to exactly re-create the original, which now lies out of sight in the sarcophagus in Tutankhamun's tomb in the Valley of the Kings.
The reconstruction of the Ante-Chamber is filled with its treasures just as it was in 1922 and even the pleasant odours of the unguents & oils have been reproduced. The Burial Chamber depicts the coffins being raised from the sarcophagus and offers school pupils an unparalleled experience. These unique factors have made The Tutankhamun Exhibition famous in its own right. It has been extensively featured on numerous national and international television programmes including a five part documentary on Tutankhamun by the BBC - The Face of Tutankhamun, and on special school programmes, such as Landmarks and the Eureka series.
With the inclusion of Ancient Egypt in the National Curriculum, and in particular the emphasis on Tutankhamun, the Exhibition has become a 'must' for schools, a wonderful resource to which children can really relate. For those thinking of bringing a party, it is advisable to book well in advance, otherwise it may not be possible to obtain the dates you require.
On arrival groups can have a free introductory talk in the Exhibition's Schools Room. Daphne Main, our schools and groups officer, introduces the various topics covered by the Exhibition and puts this into the context of Ancient Egypt.
Free of Charge. Please telephone in advance and identify yourself on arrival
A free worksheet is available for children on arrival. There are two levels, and samples are available on request. Feel free to copy and/or alter the worksheet.
The Tutankhamun Exhibition is in the centre of Dorchester, Dorset's county town, in High West Street. It is pedestrian signposted from major car parks. We are 200 metres from the coach/car park at the 'Top of Town' roundabout. Coaches cannot stop outside the Exhibition.
By Road - Dorchester is centrally situated on the intersection of the A35 and the A37, and is within comfortable distance of the M5, M3, and M27. By Rail - Intercity from Waterloo to Dorchester South Station, or from Bristol to Dorchester West Station.
If you have any particular needs or requirements please e-mail or phone us, we are always pleased to help.
For pre-booked groups of 15 or more:
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One adult is allowed with every ten children.
We have special joint rates for groups wishing to visit the Tutankhamun Exhibition and one of Dorchester's other great attractions The Dinosaur Museum, Terracotta Warriors Museum or the Dorset Teddy Bear Museum.
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One adult is allowed with every ten children.
This special exhibition on ancient Egyptian mummification is on show in a new gallery within the Tutankhamun Exhibition. Admission to Mummies is free to groups when visiting the Tutankhamun Exhibition.
All year, daily, Apr-Sep10.00-17.00 (16.00 Oct-Mar). Closed 13-26 December. Open all other Bank Holidays.
The Exhibition is suitable for those with impaired mobility. Two steps at access point - temporary ramps available. Other special needs: Hearing Impaired - Although there are several audio programmes, all information is clearly labelled. Partially Sighted - Some difficulty may be experienced with the low level of atmospheric lighting.
The ideal size of a group is 30-35.
In general 90 minutes per group should be allowed for a visit, but this can be varied to meet individual requirements. After the introductory talk, the group is free to explore the Exhibition at their own pace. Everything is fully labelled and there are audio presentations. The Exhibition contains a great deal of information on ancient Egypt in general, as well as Tutankhamun in particular.
The Exhibition has a large gift shop with a wide range of souvenirs, statues, jewellery, papyrus, and many more Egyptian themed items. There is an extensive book section with a wide selection of titles for adults and children. Mail order is available online at www.tutankhamun-exhibition.co.uk
Refreshments can be had from many establishments within Dorchester, or there is a pleasant park - The Borough Gardens - suitable for picnics nearby.
We suggest that visitors use the public toilets at the coach park before visiting The Exhibition as toilets are not available on site.
It is advisable to telephone to see whether the date and time of your proposed visit is available. We will then make a booking. Once you have confirmed this booking we will send you written confirmation of the details plus other information.
Payment should be made on arrival preferably by a cheque made payable to World Heritage Ltd., alternatively by cash or credit card.
Governing Body: World Heritage Ltd
Education Officer: Daphne Main
Address: The Tutankhamun Exhibition, High West Street, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1UW.
Telephone: 01305 269571