We went to see the King Tut Exhibit now showing now in Seattle at the Pacific Science Center. The exhibit has been here since May 24, 2012 and the last day will be January 6, 2013. If you are in the Seattle ares, I highly recommend a trip to see this. We all really enjoyed it and may go back to see it again before it leaves.
There is a lot of information on the Pacific Science Center’s website here: http://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/King-Tut/king-tut-the-exhibition
From their website:
Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs
At Pacific Science Center
May 24, 2012-January 6, 2013
Sun-Thurs 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Closes 7:30 p.m.
Fridays – 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Closes 8:30 p.m.
Saturdays – 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Closes 8:30 p.m.
On display for the last time in North America!
Step into one of history’s most treasured stories in Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs, now open at Pacific Science Center. The exhibition features more than 100 objects from King Tut’s tomb and ancient sites representing some of the most important rulers throughout 2,000 years of ancient Egyptian history. With more than twice the number of artifacts than the original Tut exhibit that toured in the 1970s, many of these objects have never toured in the United States before this exhibit. Come face-to-face with the largest image of King Tut ever unearthed – a 10-foot statue of the pharaoh found at the remains of the funerary temple of two of his high officials. See authentic objects from King Tut’s tomb including jewelry, furniture and ceremonial items, as well as the boy king’s golden sandals – created specifically for the afterlife and covering his feet when his mummified remains were discovered in 1922 by British explorer Howard Carter.
In addition to the spectacular canopic coffinette (that once contained the boy king’s mummified stomach) featured prominently in the exhibition’s advertising, learn about the other magnificent treasures here.
Please note, no photography or video is allowed inside the exhibit. Thank you. Learn More
Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs is organized by National Geographic and Arts & Exhibitions International, with cooperation from the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities. Northern Trust is a proud cultural partner. American Airlines is the official airline of the exhibition. Seattle’s Convention and Visitor’s Bureau is the Seattle exhibition sponsor. Fred Meyer is the Seattle exhibition education partner.
Individual Ticket Prices For The General Public
|Mon-Thurs||Fri-Sun & Holidays|
|Student (with ID)||$24.50||$29.50|
|Add the IMAX movies Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs or Mysteries of Egypt for $4.00.
Add the Audio Guide narrated by Harrison Ford for $6.00.
Adults (16+) $20.00
Juniors (3-15) $10.00
We have a membership for the science center but I don’t think the prices without are too bad. Of course if you live near, having the membership will get you in free and you can see the IMAX movies either free or at a discount.
There are two IMAX movies being shown ( Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs and Mysteries of Egypt) that can be added for $4.00 each. Another add-on which we were all glad we got was the audio guide. Because the rooms are small and the crowd large, it was often hard to read the signs on each item. They did have them both below the case and on top so you could stand away from each one and still see the signs. I found them a little hard to read but that could just be my eyes. The audio guide had a lot more information not included on the signs which was really great. For $6.00, I was surprised more people didn’t have the audio guide. Also, when we got to the gift shop, we found this wonderful book called “Tutankhamun – The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs” which included a cd with the entire audio guide. This is a huge coffee table type book and very well done and was on sale for only $20.00. Easily worth twice that!
You need to get reservations for this show. They were not hard to get but they do sell out so get them as soon as you can. They let groups in every 15 minutes so the crowd is a little better. We went in at 12:15 and finished about 3:00. That doesn’t seem like a long time but we didn’t feel rushed at all and really looked over each piece. It was so amazing to be so close to objects that are so old. I kept thinking about the people who had made them and how many people have touched them over the years. Since I make jewelery, I loved the pieces they had, most of them were in remarkably good shape.
The exhibit started with the history of the some of the more important Pharaohs and the area in Egypt where the tombs are located. They covered about 2,000 years of history so obviously they couldn’t show it all but I think they did a good job of laying out the history not only of the Pharaohs but how they related (or were related) to King Tut and at the end, focusing on King Tut. I especially like the treasures from his tomb. They were such personal items that he had used everyday and again, to stand so close to something that he had used and loved was incredible.
I hope this will encourage you to go see this! This is the last stop before this treasures will be going back to Egypt and January 6th will be the last day.