King Tutankhamun will return to the Bay Area 30 years after the original exhibition opened in San Francisco and 3,000 years after the death of Egypt's celebrated "boy king". The exhibition opens at the de Young Museum June 27, 2009 and will show through March 28, 2010. Tutankhamun and the Glorious Age of the Pharaohs is an exhibitions of over 130 pieces from the tomb of King Tut as well as his family, court officials and predecessors.
Each piece on display is over 3,000 years old and provides the viewer with a look into the life of Egyptian royalty from the 18th Dynasty (1555-1305 BC). King Tut ruled Egypt for 9 years during a tumultuous time and died at the age of 18 or 19 from mysterious causes. The king's tomb was filled with treasures that were thought to ensure his divine morality in the afterlife. Many of the items were used by King Tut during his life and represent objects an adolescent today would enjoy such as game boards inlaid with stones and gems, as well as, a finely crafted child's chair and several ornate vessels referred to as coffinettes.
Ticket prices to the exhibit range from $15.00 to $27.50. The de Young Museum is located in Golden Gate Park directly across from the California Academy of Sciences. For more information regarding the museum and this exhibition please visit www.tutsanfrancisco.org.