Thursday, August 23, 2012

Review: King Tut and the Golden Pharaohs

Here in Seattle we're lucky enough to have an absolutely wonderful exhibition in town-Tutankhamun and the Golden Pharaohs. Here's a bit about this exhibition, from the Pacific Science Center website:
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.

I've had the opportunity to attend this exhibition twice- once on behalf of Trekaroo and once for this blog.  And both times I've been absolutely blown away by the magnificence of the items in this exhibition.  The artifacts on display are absolutely beautiful and interesting.  The displays are well laid out, with information presented on the top of the case and also in front of the items. This means more people can see the items and read about them without having to all crowd around too close.

The first time I attended, I was on  my own, and the second time I  had Vivian (who is 3) with me.  She really enjoyed the first two rooms, where the larger statues are located. She kept wanting to go back to the first room and look at the statues again. She started to lose interest further in, when the rooms are a little darker (to better show off the artifacts) and wanted to move through the second half of the exhibition pretty quickly. I did manage to keep her somewhat involved by asking what her favorite items were in each room.

My husband and his friend attended without kids on another occasion and thought the exhibition was really wonderful. 

My suggestions? 1) If you are in town, don't miss this exhibition.  2) If you can avoid bringing kids under 6 or so, do it. You will enjoy it all more without worrying about little ones getting bored/too close to the cases. 3) Get the audio tour. Well worth the minor expense. 4) If you are bringing kids, get books and watch shows about ancient Egypt before you go. They'll like it more with a background for what they're seeing.

You can buy tickets for the exhibition at the Pacific Science Center website:

Disclosure:  I received complimentary entrance to this exhibition for myself and my daughter. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.