When King Tut was last in our area in 1978, it was one of the biggest hits of the art/archeology/history worlds to visit Seattle EVER. In four months, 1.3 million people viewed that exhibit of 55 items from the tomb of the boy king, and it is still one of the most popular exhibits in Pacific Science Center history.
How exciting is it then that we are weeks away from the sequel! The new exhibit, Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs will open May 24, and run through January 6, 2013. Already dates are selling out for this iconic exhibit. It will include more than 100 objects from King Tut’s tomb as well as other rulers of ancient Eygpt. With more than twice the number of artifacts than the 1978 exhibit, many of these objects have never toured in the United States. A highlight will be a 10-foot statue of the pharaoh Tut found at the remains a funerary temple of two of his high officials. Items will include jewelry, furniture and ceremonial items, as well as golden sandals King Tut was buried with. It will not include the golden burial mask, nor his mummy, as these items have been deemed too fragile, and are no longer permitted to leave Egypt. However, there will be an exact replica of his mummy on display in the final gallery along with new information authorities in Egypt have found regarding the mysteries about King Tut’s life and suspicious death.
Seattle is the last stop for Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs, before its return to Egypt, so it is the last chance for North America to see this fascinating display. Seattle Oasis Vacation Rentals is situated six blocks from the Seattle Center and the Pacific Science Center. Make a weekend of this, and bring the kids down to the city to see a once in a lifetime (outside of Egypt) exhibit of art, science and history.