King Tut

If you're in the Seattle area, I'm sure you are aware that there is a special exhibit at The Pacific Science Center all about King Tut and the pharaohs of Egypt (mostly because you can't walk five feet without seeing a billboard about it). We hit the exhibit a few months ago and I never got around to sharing my photos. A little background - I am a HUGE nerd for anything Egyptian. When I was a kid I wanted to be an Egyptologist and read just about anything I could get my hands on that had to do with ancient Egypt, mummies, the mythology, and archaeology. So I was maybe a little TOO excited to hit this exhibit.

Besides viewing the exhibit, we also added an optional IMAX movie ticket, which I felt was worth the extra expense. We saw the one that was about the Valley of the Kings and it was extremely interesting.

 

One thing I wasn't clear on before we went - King Tut's actually mummy is not on display, nor is his sarcaphagus (which I expected more than the mummy itself). There are some artifacts from him tomb, but the majority of the exhibit was other ancient Egyptian statues, jewelry, and artifacts. Still cool, but not what I was expecting.

The following pictures were all from the pieces taken from chambers in Tut's tomb. The above were not.

A (very short) bed:

 

A chair:

 

Exquisite inlay work (some amazing jewelry as well that I didn't get a picture of) in this miniature coffin (to hold organs after the mummification process):

 

Sandals of gold (very on-trend for 2012, I must say)

 

Even though we were a LITTLE disappointed that there weren't more mummies (the Field Museum in Chicago has us spoiled!), I still enjoyed this little tour of ancient Egypt. The exhibit runs until January I believe, and since you have to buy Science Center passes to get in, you might as well make a day of it (I recommend going on a weekday and hitting up the butterfly room as well!).

Have you been to the exhibit? Are there other Egypt geeks like me out there? I should find the notes I used to write in middle school that were encrypted into the hieroglyph alphabet in my school book... it was extreme.