In Seattle we do not take a traveling exhibitions lightly and will buy the tickets way in advance to be the first ones to tell our friends about it. This spring/summer the King Tutankhamum: The Golden King and Great Pharaohs artifacts will be at the Pacific Science Center and this is where I was Memorial Day. This will be the last stop on the America tour before King Tut goes back to Egypt forever at the beginning of 2013.
I love history as much as science, and I have seen many cool traveling exhibits in the past at the Pacific Science Center. This time this was a once and a lifetime opportunity to see something that will never travel again for a long time. I never really was interested in the ancient civilizations (I think I was bored by it in school) but for some reason King Tut sparked something in finding out really what happened to him. Why did he die so young in the end (There are times I want to go back in time and ask famous people why they did the things they did.)? The exhibit started out with the ancestors of the King Tut, and showed the daily life of being a pharaoh during the dynasty of King Tut’s family ruled Egypt. Most of the exhibit was statues of other pharaohs and people who served them in their court. Towards the end of the exhibit, there was a few rooms where the artifacts that came out of the tomb of King Tut were on display. These where the lesser known objects that are used for preparing the king for the after life and all of his personal possessions he took with him. To my surprise all the statues were not in cases unless they were made of gems or precious materials, but all the rock formed statues were on display without a protective covering. I wonder why not protect everything from the elements even with people not daring to touch the pieces.The sad part is where you can see some of the statues have been defaced or had something taken off it by tomb robbers in the past. I imagine the statues were something to be seen when they were in their full glory back in the day. I learned something new while touring this exhibit. The name Pharaoh was given to the rulers of Egypt by the Hebrew people. and it means king or ruler over all lands. Even one of King Tut’s predecessors is the famous Pharaoh in the Old Testament books in the Bible. Can you guess which one he is? Hint: He has something to do with Moses. It seems that King Tut really had a hard life in a way. He died so young (age 19), and then the next person in line wanted to erase him from memory of the Egyptian people and the world. Too bad for those people, he was discovered in 1922 by a British archaeologist’s helper falling down some mysterious steps to nowhere. Now he is restored to his rightful place in history and as the religion back in his time, to a deity with the gods. The most humorous for the artifacts is the toilet seat (see slide show) used as part of the bathroom of the Pharaoh’s family. It makes you wonder who really invented the toilet seat first? Apparently the ancient Egyptians did.
Unfortunately the golden face mask was not there to be viewed because of fears of someone or some country would steal it and melting it down (I asked, and they said it is sad). My mother saw this same exhibit back when it was housed at the British Museum in the Seventies. She was a little disappointed the whole treasure from the tomb was not display this time around. I guess some time in my life I will have to travel to Egypt to see the rest of the King Tut’s artifacts for myself. To all the locals or those who are traveling to Seattle in the near future, I would go see it before the beginning of next year. This is an amazing exhibit, and not something to miss out on.