Tutankhamun, The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs made its North American debut in 2009. It is now appearing in The Denver Art Museum from June 2010 to January 9, 2011. The exhibit features more than fifty objects from King Tut’s tomb. Two of the exceptional objects on display are the golden sandals that adorned the feet of King Tut, and a beautiful adorned canopic jar that held King Tut’s internal organs. A ten-foot statue of King Tut is the largest image ever unearthed. It was found at the remains of a funerary temple. There are also eighty ancient artifacts. These highlight many of the most significant rulers of ancient Egypt.
You can enhance your visit by taking an audio tour narrated by Harrison Ford. You will hear fascinating details about the objects in the exhibit. You will also hear the story of the discovery of the tomb in 1992. Another story you will hear is how 21st century technology helped identify the mummy of Hatshepsut, the queen who became king.
Tutankhamun, also known as King Tut, was one of the last kings of Egypt’s 18th Dynasty. He was born around 1343 B.C. but very little is known of his life. He became a pharaoh at the age of nine or ten. Around the age of twelve, he married his half sister. They had no living children but two mummified fetuses of two stillborn children were found in his tomb. DNA testing is being done to see if these stillborn children were related to King Tut. He died under mysterious circumstances during his ninth reign in 1323 B.C. They did a CT-scan as part of a five-year Egyptian and conversation project.
In the exhibit, you can see some of those CT-scans and the conclusions that were drawn about his life and death. He was buried in the Valley of the Kings where he laid undisturbed for some 3300 years. His mummified remains still lie in a stone sarcophagus in his burial chamber. They have never traveled outside Egypt.
The exhibit is displayed in two parts. The first part features artifacts that pertain to the great pharaohs of Egypt who reigned before and after King Tut. These artifacts explore the daily life and religion of Egypt. The second part features artifacts that were found in King Tut’s tomb. The average visit takes about ninety minutes.