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King Tut: Treasures of the Tomb opens Friday at the Museum of Idaho, 200 N. Eastern Ave. in Idaho Falls.
Ten years in the making from the artisans of the Pharaonic Village in Giza, Egypt, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, this exhibition displays a dazzling collection of Tutankhamen's (King Tut) legendary treasures and recreates the richest archaeological find of all time.
With an expansive scope of over 131 artifacts masterfully produced in Egypt, the showcase of King Tut's treasures is larger and more complete than any previous exhibition of the originals (originally including approximately 55 artifacts.)
"Now major pieces [from King Tut's tomb] never leave the Cairo Museum [in Egypt]," said curator Marty Martin of The Origins Museum Institute where the exhibit originally was put together. "Chariots, shrines, thrones and alabaster vessels are too precious to travel."
Unless one travels to Egypt, "now the only place to see some of these treasures is to come to Idaho Falls," Martin said.
In the exhibit are three faience funerary necklaces, a sandstone stela of Akhenaten (Tut's father) and a palette for grinding cosmetics are original pieces from the king's tomb.
Speaking of the exhibit, 9-year-old Katelyn Shadley said, "It's cool."
Her brother, Justin, age 12, said "I love Ancient Egypt. It's real cool to see."
"Justin want sot be an archeologist," said his mom, Kami. "This is right up his alley."
One of the delights of this exhibit is the accessibility of artifacts. For many of the pieces, people have a 360-degree view of them.
Five different aspects of the Pharaoh's life are explored in this exhibit. These are the Introductory Hall, the Hall of the Discovery, the Private Pharaoh, the Public Pharaoh and the Sacred Burial.
Admission prices are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, $6 for students, $25 for each family and $20 for each family on Family Night (Monday from 5 to 8 p.m.) Group discounts are available for 15 plus people. Admission is free for children under age 4.
Museum hours are Monday and Tuesday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Wednesday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is closed Sunday.
Photography is allowed. Please no flash.
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