Tutankhamun would likely have been less than amused by Steve Martin’s musical tribute to him on Saturday Night Live back in 1978—the very same year the wildly successful Treasures of Tutankhamun world tour hit Seattle. Nonetheless, a great many of us cannot utter the words King Tut without following up with the lyric “Born in Arizona, moved to Babylonia.” But don’t be offended if you hear visitors humming strains of the song at Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs—think of it merely as a sign of the boy king’s continued hold on our imaginations.
This new exhibit, organized by National Geographic, features double the artifacts of the 1970s show, including funerary objects from pharaohs before Tut’s time (such as Amenhotep III and IV), the largest statue of Tut ever discovered (10 feet tall), Tut’s golden sandals, crafted specifically for afterlife terrain, and an exact replica of Tut’s mummy (actual mummy not included). In fact, there are so many never-before-seen relics on this tour, someone just might be inspired to write a new ditty.
Now, what rhymes with Amenhotep?
5/24–1/6/2013. Times and prices vary. Pacific Science Center, 200 Second Ave. N; 206.443.2001; pacsci.org