King Tut Exhibit Coming To Seattle
It's a little known fact but, had I not chosen a field in the media (I wanted to either be a radio broadcaster or a newspaper sportswriter), my next choice was to be some sort of anthropologist or archaeologist ala` Indiana Jones.
I'm not sure why I've always been fascinated by ancient civilizations and the digging up of old bones but I can certainly tell you that I am not about to miss the exhibit coming to the Pacific Science Center in Seattle in a couple of days!
I have vague memories of growing up in Seattle in the late 70's when the King Tut Exhibit came through town. It seemed that's all everone was talking about. I also recall feeling mixed emotions when my grandmother brought me a t-shirt she had purchased when she visited the Boy King's mummified remains.
The shirt was awesome, but I couldn't believe I didn't get to see it myself!
Now, some 34 years later, redemption is mine!
An exhibition from National Geographic called "Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs" will be on display for the last time in North America at the Pacific Science Center beginning this thursday, May 24th through January 6th, 2013.
According to the webpage, 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."
Plus, there is a self-guided tour that is narrated by Indiana Jones himself - Harrison Ford!
Oh yeah, less interference from the Nazis, too!
I'm as giddy as a school girl with excitement to finally get to come face-to-face with the "Boy King". Until then, Steve Martin's classic act recorded at the height of the Tut craze in the 70's will have to tide me over until then!