NOW ON EXHIBIT AT THE PUTNAM MUSEUM & SCIENCE CENTER
through september 5, 2016
Journey Through Time
to the mysterious world of Ancient Egypt
The Discovery of King Tut recreates the awe and marvel of the moment of discovery—enter an overwhelming treasure trove, discover new worlds and new wonders, learn about and study the treasures—it's an experience for all the senses. Using state-of-the-art technology, the exhibition recreates a piece of the fascinating, bygone exotic empire on the Nile.
The tomb and treasures of Tutankhamun have been faithfully reconstructed to scale, giving visitors a realistic impression of the overwhelming opulence of the offerings meant to serve the king on his magical journey into the Underworld. More than 1,000 replicas of the most important finds have been reconstructed by master Egyptian craftsmen using traditional techniques, and can be admired at the exhibition.
State-of-the-art multimedia technology provides exhibit goers information and a vivid illustration of the culture and spiritual world of the ancient Egyptians—their cult of the dead, deities, dynasties, and mysterious hieroglyphic script. Of course, the focus of the exhibition lies on Tutankhamun himself. As part of the experience, every visitor will enjoy a fully-immersive audio tour, with both child and adult versions available.
THE FORGOTTEN PHARAOH
Tutankhamun was one of the most enigmatic figures in Egyptian history. He was descended from the 18th dynasty, which established the New Kingdom and led it during a period in which the arts flourished.
As the son of the god-king Akhenaten, Tutankhamun became pharaoh at the tender age of eight, but died under mysterious circumstances at about the age of 19.
His successors erased his name from all monuments, meaning he was not recorded on any list of kings and faded into obscurity. Unknown and forgotten, he lay for almost three and a half millennia in the Valley of Kings until British archaeologist Howard Carter discovered his tomb in 1922.
A WORLDWIDE SENSATION
The burial and treasure chambers shown at this exhibition cannot be seen in this form anywhere else in the world – not even in Egypt, because Tutankhamun’s original tomb in the Valley of Kings has now been almost completely emptied.
Tutankhamun’s treasures are now cordoned off behind glass in the display cabinets of the Egyptian National Museum in Cairo. The impression of space made by the tomb in its original state can only be experienced at this exhibition: virtual archaeology makes accessible worlds that no longer exist.
Senior (60+), Military, College Student with ID: $9
Youth (3-18): $7
Senior (60+), Military, College Student with ID: $17
Youth (3-18): $15
ADD GIANT SCREEN FILM
• Purchase a Tut exhibit ticket and add a National Geographic GIANT Screen documentary film at a reduced rate.
• Add a film $5
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Hours of Operation
Through September 2016
OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK
Monday through Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Plan for your Tut Experience
Please plan on spending at least 90 minutes exploring this exhibit.
Photos are welcome! But no flash photography.
Adults, kids and babies are welcome in the exhibit, but no strollers, backpacks, cats, dogs, food, drinks, or casseroles!
Select images from the Exhibition's European Tour
Highlights and Testimonials