Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs provides insight into the life of Tutankhamun and other royals of the 18th Dynasty (1555 B.C.-1305 B.C.). All of the 130 treasures in the exhibition are between 3,300 and 3,500 years old. The interesting and unique thing is that you realize how real to life these royals were… Egypt, for me has always been larger than life, grandiose - and whilst it does remain that way in most cases, this exhibition shows the humanity of the man gods, with the size of items depicting how small in stature these people actually were, how intricate and tiny the artisan-ship was, and just how beautiful these historic pieces were and are.
To an egypt-novice, only doing a few semesters of study on Ancient Egypt in high school - you have an 'a-ha' moment at this exhibition. The lineage, the scale of lifestyle and the reality of time and place are well shown.
Not all treasures are "solid" gold - in fact the miracle of wooden objects preserved for eons is the fabulous calling card of this particular exhibition.
More than 5,000 artifacts were found in Tut's tomb, but only 50 artifacts from Tut's tomb are shown in conjunction with over 80 from other royal plots.
The exhibition is well laid out, and you can even get an audio tour for those wanting a bit more of an in depth experience. (There is also a special ticket offer for those wanting to visit the Top Of The Rock observation deck too - which is a great bargain!)
NYC is the last stop on the world tour for this particular exhibition - and whilst it does not instantly transport you to Egypt - it really is a fascinating and must see item to add to your New York City experience, especially as the show now includes all the new data - and specially added portions of Tut's lineage, family history etc - which was only recently discovered. A new 3D replica of Tut's mummy has also been included, a spooky addition that really brings you face to face with the boy king. A real treat seeing as the actual mummy has never left the Valley of The Kings.
A portion of the proceeds from this exhibition is helping to fund antiquity conservation efforts in Egypt, including the building of a new Grand Museum in Cairo that will provide a world-class home for the country’s treasured artifacts.
More information is available at www.kingtutnyc.com, where tickets can be purchased.
Tickets are also available by calling 1-888-9-TUT-NYC (1-888-988-8692)
Discovery Times Square Exposition Box Office
located at 226 West 44th Street.
Individual ticket prices are:
and Children ages 4-12 $17.50.
Tickets for children age 4 and under are free.
Families can save on the price of admission with the purchase of a Family pack (2 adults, 2 children ages 4-12) priced at $79.
Special pricing is also available for groups of 15 or more.
The exhibition will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday through Wednesday and 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Thursday through Saturday (last admission one and a half hours prior to closing).