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King Tut’s final days at Pacific Science Center

Post by Craig Sailor / The News Tribune on Dec. 18, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
December 18, 2012 3:54 pm

A small coffinette from King Tut's tomb. (PHOTO: NGS)
They’re getting ready to wrap King Tut at Pacific Science Center. He may be more than 3,000 years old but the Boy King’s days are numbered – in Seattle, at least. Jan. 6 is the final day for “Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs.”

PSC has sold more than 625,000 tickets to date and the center is extending its hours during the final few weeks.

• Beginning December 26, and for the rest of the show, entry to the exhibit will begin at 9 a.m.
• The final two weekends, Dec. 28-29 and Jan. 4-6, will have a final entry time of 10:30 p.m.
• The exhibit will be open to the public on New Year’s Day with an entry time of 9 a.m.

The show displays more than 100 artifacts from King Tut’s tomb (only a fraction of what was found) and other non-Tut artifacts representing more than 2,000 years of ancient Egyptian history.

There are some things you should know before you go. See that photo of the coffinette over there? Well, that thing is about a foot high, if I remember correctly. The famous death mask and those glorious coffins? Still in Egypt, my friends.

One of the big selling points of this show, indeed practically its tagline, is that this is the last time we’ll see these artifacts in the U.S. Yeah? Says who? The Egyptian government? I’d put more stock in a lemonade stand than them.

All I’m saying is this: maybe this is the last time. Maybe it’s not. But don’t let that influence your decision. PSC’s constant use of that qualifier almost seems like emotional blackmail. And frankly, I’m sick of it.

However, I have seen the show and it’s a fascinating and well displayed exhibit. If you’re fascinated by ancient Egypt you will enjoy it.

You can pre-purchase your tickets at pacificsciencecenter.org or by calling 1-800-664-8775.

For further information and ticket details please visit kingtut.org or
pacificsciencecenter.org. Discounted tickets for Pacific Science Center members and groups of 10 or more are available. Groups interested in purchasing tickets can call (206) 443-3611.

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