Gold never loses its luster or its ability to dazzle. And neither does King Tut. The treasures that came from his tomb in 1922 (exactly 89 years ago today) are just as brilliant today as when they were sealed up with his mummy in 1325 B.C.
You’ll be able to see some, but not all, of those famous objects starting in May when “Tutankhamun: The Golden King and The Great Pharaohs” opens at Pacific Science Center in Seattle.
Tickets for the show that runs May 24 through January 6, 2013 went on sale today to the general public. It’s here for a long time but you might not want to delay getting your ticket – 40,000 have already been sold, PSC says.
The exhibition features more than 100 objects from the tomb of King Tut and other pharaohs (some 3,500 were removed from the tomb). This isn’t the same show that I (and thousands of others) saw as a kid in the 1970s. While this show has more than twice the number of artifacts than that older show it doesn’t contain the famous solid gold death mask – one of the most amazing objects of art in the world.
What you can see are authentic objects from the boy king’s tomb including jewelry, furniture and ceremonial items – even his golden sandals.
There’s also a 10-foot statue of the pharaoh found at the funerary temple of two of his high officials.
Science has progressed quite a bit in the 30 years since the last Tut show and we will benefit. The show features a 3D replica of Tut’s mummy as well as CT scans.
Individual Ticket Prices:
Mon-Thurs — Fri-Sun & Holidays
Adults (16-64) $27.50 — $32.50
Seniors (65+) $24.50 — $29.50
Youth (6-15) $16.50 — $21.50
Child (3-5) $15.50 — $20.50
Student with ID $24.50 — $29.50
Add the IMAX movies Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs or Mysteries of Egypt for $4
Add the Audio Guide narrated by Harrison Ford for $6