King Tut tour raises funds for a grand new Cairo museum

  • May 23, 2010 22:57

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Tutankhamun's golden sandals are among the Egyptian treasures on view at the Denver Art Museum beginning June 29. © Sandro Vannini .
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Egypt's outspoken crusader for cultural objects, Dr. Zahi Hawass, has been demanding the repatriation of Egyptian antiquities from museums worldwide. At the same time, he has endorsed two touring exhibitions of Egypt's most prized ancient treasures.

On June 25, Dr. Hawass, former Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Egypt, will be a special guest of the Denver Art Museum. VIP ticket holders to the museum's gala "Flappers and Pharoahs," a fundraising event for 'Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs,' will be able to hear Dr. Hawass wax on about the fifty pieces from King Tut's tomb on display.

A portion of the exhibition's proceeds are earmarked for antiquities preservation and conservation efforts in Egypt, including the construction of a new grand museum in Cairo. Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities supports the exhibition...

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