Sunday, July 25, 2010
Living not far from NYC, I got to go see the King Tut exhibit Friday night in Times Square. I was asked to share my experience by a Spark Friend since I guess I am one of the lucky ones to be able to see it. This is the last time these pieces will be on display before going back to Egypt for good, so I felt I HAD to see this!
I've always found the story of King Tut an intriguing one with him becoming ruler of Egypt at 9 years old and dying at 19. All the pictures I've ever seen of the findings from the tomb were beautiful, so to have the chance to see some in person was one I could not pass up.
While the actual mummy has never left Egypt (not even left the burial site, as far as I read), they did have an 'exact replica' on display. They had the golden coffin of a relative of Tut's (sorry can't recall but it was a woman, perhaps his grandmother) and numerous statues, masks, furnishings, jewelry, his golden dagger, toys, etc. Pretty much everything was in glass cases so you couldn't touch and there was no photography allowed, so I have to go on memory. There was one large stone statue though that was only surrounded by rope that I DID touch (well, there wasn't any sign saying not to) since how often are you going to be able to touch something circa 1300 BC?!
Anyway, since the exhibit just opened in June, I believe, and it was a Friday night, it was not crowded and we could spend as much time as we wanted looking and reading the descriptions. I have a feeling as it gets closer to January, when it is scheduled to close, that will not be the case. So I decided not to procrastinate on this, especially after I got an email from Travelzoo with a special offer for evenings in July after 5 where you could save 1/3 of the ticket price. I went with my kids, a nephew and my daughter's boyfriend. We took the train in and walked from Grand Central to Times Square (an experience in itself, LOL!) We all enjoyed it although the boys finished about 20 minutes before I and the others did so I guess we spent a little longer at each display. At the gift shop at the end, they had machines where you could type in your name and get a certificate with your name in hieroglyphics(?) for $1, so we all did that too. The boys decided to be wise guys and do something OTHER than their names, if you know what I mean.
I am really glad I went, it was something special.