UEG created this block-buster exhibition about ancient Egypt with the inspiration of world-renowned Egyptologist, Erik Hornung and a panel of international Egyptological experts. In the United States, the exhibition was co-ordinated with the National Gallery of Art, Washington and the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Cairo. The exhibition also featured an exact facsimile of the tomb chamber of the pharaoh Thutmosis III from the Valley of the Kings in Egypt.
When it opened in Washington, it was the first time a loan had been granted from Egypt in 30 years and the exhibition featured the largest number of ancient Egyptian objects to be loaned from Egypt. In Europe, a version of the exhibition, Thutmosis III, Immortal Pharaoh, toured featuring objects from European collections. In Asia, the tour was made with collections from British museums.
The exhibition set records for attendance and tickets sold with a cumulative figure of approximately 5 million visitors. Quest for Immortality was the winner of a 2012 UK Museum & Heritage Show Award.