Yesterday I had one of the most splendid days with my girlfriend and her family. As a special treat, she took me to see the King Tut Exhibit, also know as Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs, at the Pacific Science Center. Since childhood, ancient civilizations, the progression of science, and the study of history (natural and man made) has fascinated me and for what reason I do not know. However, I do think these subjects are the bee’s knees and the last chance to see artifacts discovered in Boy King’s tomb KV 62.
The King Tut Exhibit started off with a movie in the Boeing Imax Theater and out of the two movies we chose Mysteries of Egypt as it was a general overview of Egypt and not so specific as Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs. Out of our group, I am by far the most educated on the subject matter so it was a better fit for everyone to see. Mysteries of Egypt was great short as the video of flying through the Nile’s many canyons and valleys was like being their and the renderings of the building of the Great Pyramids were almost real life.
Upon conclusion of the movie, we made our way to the exhibit complete with audio tour – which I used off and on when wanting more info on a specific exhibit. At first, I wasn’t sure if we where allowed to take pictures yet it turned out just couldn’t use flash photography – flashes destroy the ancient paint pigments and cause them to fade. Whew! We where in the clear and good thing as I had the GoPro ready for picture taking. One thing to note, if you think you are going to see Tutankhamun’s sarcophagus or his golden death mask you’ll be disappointed as those artifacts where not part of the exhibit – completely bummed me out. It’s understandable as those two items are priceless artifacts of ancient Egypt and it would be devastating for historians to loose or have those items damaged; not to mention I’m pretty sure Dr. Hawass would totally freak out as he has been working to restore Egypt’s artifacts to Egyptian museums.
It is important to note that when taking pictures of gold; gold reflects so much light that it is difficult to get a good photograph. Well at least for me.
Pictures of Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs
*Some pictures are screenshots from the movie Mysteries of Egypt.