Like many I have met, I have long been enchanted with ancient Egypt, so when it was announced and exhibit of King Tutankhamun artifacts was going to be at the California Science Center many of my friends were excited to go, and we arranged a date to attend together. Sadly, I ended up with a terrible stomach ache that day, but thankfully Patrick and I were able to exchange our tickets for a different date, and we attended on our own.
Unlike some past exhibits, which are made up of replicas, this exhibit features all actual artifacts of King Tut’s tomb. This is also the largest King Tut exhibition to tour the globe, with over 150 artifacts, including 60 of which have never left Egypt before. Among some of my favorite pieces were the miniature game of Senet (which I have fond memories of playing with my mother when I was younger), the conopic jar stopper, and of course the variety of jewelry.
The exhibit will remain at the California Science Center in LA until January 9th, then it will go onto Europe, visiting ten cities over the next seven years. In addition to being the largest exhibit, this will also be the last time the artifacts of King Tut’s tomb will be on display outside of Egypt. Ticket sales from this exhibition are going to fund a permanent King Tut wing at the Grand Egyptian Museum in Cairo.
It is important to note that the iconic Death Mask, sarcophagus, and mummy are not part of this tour. The Death Mask is considered too fragile for touring, and remains at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo per the Egyptian government. Meanwhile King Tut’s mummy remains within his tomb in the Valley of the Kings, being removed only for scientific study, and has never left Egypt.
I highly recommend this exhibit if you are interested in ancient Egypt. It is a highly informative exhibit, sharing information on both King Tut and Howard Carter, the famed Egyptologist who discovered Tut’s tomb. The artifacts are displayed well, many in four sided glass cases, so you can view the front, back, and side.
To learn more about the exhibit, and receive updates on where it will go next, visit the website.