A blockbuster Tutankhamun show in Paris has been extended for a week with more than 800,000 people already buying tickets for the exhibition.
More than 1.2 million are expected to flock to Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh, which has been described as a “once in a generation” show about the young Egyptian monarch. Organizers said opening hours have also been extended from 9 am to 9 pm at the giant la Villette venue in the north of the French capital.
The galleries will remain open until 2 am on June 15 for The Night of Tutankhamun, which will feature traditional musicians and guest speakers. The show, which will transfer to the Saatchi Gallery in London in November, will now run in Paris until September 22.
The Egyptian Ministry for Antiquities – which is taking a share of the proceeds of the show – said this is the largest number of Tutankhamun artefact ever to have left Cairo. Almost all of the 3,400 exhibits come from the Egyptian Museum in Cairo’s Tahrir Square and are never likely to leave the country again.
Its unparalleled collection is being transferred to the enormous new Grand Egyptian Museum near the pyramids at Giza, which is due to open next year. The Louvre in Paris has also loaned one of its top Tutankhamun pieces to the show, a statue of Amon, the king of the gods, protecting the pharaoh.