King Tut’s treasures are headed to Boston for the first time in 50 years


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(CNN) — A traveling collection of King Tut’s treasures has already visited some of the world’s biggest cities: Paris, Los Angeles and London.

Now, the ancient Egyptian pharaoh’s belongings are headed to Boston, marking the first time in more than 50 years that any of King Tut’s artifacts have visited the city.

Mayor Marty Walsh made the announcement Tuesday next to a 25-foot statue of King Tut in front of Boston City Hall. “It was really an opportunity for our city to really understand and learn about world history (and) showcase our city,” Walsh said, according to CNN affiliate WCVB.

The traveling exhibition, called King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh, consists of more than 150 original artifacts from King Tutankhamun’s tomb, including 60 that have never left Egypt until this tour.

A sarcophagus is displayed during the exhibition’s visit to Paris.

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It is the largest amount of artifacts from the tomb to ever be publicly displayed, and one of 10 stops around the world before the tour brings the pieces home.

A statuette of Tutankhamun is displayed during the exhibition's visit to Paris.

A statuette of Tutankhamun is displayed during the exhibition’s visit to Paris.

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“See them, visit them, before they return back to Egypt forever,” said Dr. Mostafa Waziry, Secretary General of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, in a news release announcing the tour.

If you miss the Boston stop, the artifacts begin a six-month run at Sydney’s Australian Museum in 2021.

A sculpture of ancient Egyptian deity Amun is displayed during the exhibition's visit to Paris.

A sculpture of ancient Egyptian deity Amun is displayed during the exhibition’s visit to Paris.

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Once the world tour is over, the artifacts will head home to Egypt where they will be permanently displayed at the Grand Egyptian Museum in Cairo, which is currently being constructed.

The exhibition will be on display at The Saunders Castle at Park Plaza in Boston beginning June 13.

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