The Discovery of King Tut, an exhibition about one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the 20th century, opens on October 6 at The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI). The reproduction of the burial treasure in its original archaeological context offers a compelling insight into the historically unique discovery of the Pharaoh’s tomb in the Egyptian Valley of the Kings more than 95 years ago.
According to his records, the British archaeologist Howard Carter exclaimed, “I see wonderful things!” on November 26, 1922 as he pushed a candle through a hole in the antechamber of the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun, who died more than 3,000 years ago. After five years of painstaking and initially fruitless excavation work in the Valley of the Kings, the British archaeologist made a discovery that remains unparalleled to this day: a virtually intact pharaonic tomb with all its treasures.
“Egyptian antiquities from King Tut’s tomb very rarely travel outside Egypt, but these exquisite reproductions contain all of the beauty and detail of the originals. This exhibition allows our guests to enjoy these priceless Egyptian treasures without ever harming the fragile, sensitive originals,” said Nancy Stueber, president and CEO of OMSI. “My hope is that Howard Carter’s story of discovery sparks people’s curiosity and helps them understand how the tools and investigation of archaeology and anthropology give us insights into the events and lifeways of ancient people.”
Almost 100 years after the sensational find, The Discovery of King Tut brings this historic moment and the story of the burial treasure’s discovery to life in a unique way. Containing some 1,000 objects, extensive graphics, films and a complimentary audio guide, the complete context of this monumental event is presented in an educational, exciting and entertaining manner.
The treasures of Tutankhamun still count among the most significant archaeological discoveries ever uncovered. Since Howard Carter stumbled upon the Pharaoh’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings, the fascination inspired by the thousands of burial goods, the golden coffins and shrines, the masks, the jewellery and the fate of the king who died young has remained unbroken.
“We wanted to bring the moment of the tomb’s discovery back to life and allow our visitors to relive it vividly,” said Christoph Scholz, SC Exhibitions executive producer of The Discovery of King Tut. “This is a show in which not just a few objects can be shown, but the whole treasure and even the reconstructed burial chambers. This exhibition leads you right to the heart of Tutankhamun’s tomb, presents his treasures and explains them in context allowing people the chance to relive what the archaeologist Howard Carter went through in November 1922.”
In 1980 during an international tour, for conservation reasons only a few items of the burial treasure from the Egyptian Museum in Cairo could be shown in the Egyptian Museum in Berlin. Among them was the king’s famous gold mask, which is no longer available on loan from the Cairo Museum. The treasure trove as Howard Carter discovered it in 1922 now only lives on in the excellent black-and-white photos taken by the excavation photographer Harry Burton. The Discovery of King Tut offers guests the opportunity to experience Carter’s important find three-dimensionally in its original archaeological context.
The Discovery of King Tut at OMSI is made by possible through generous support from supporting sponsor, Wells Fargo.
“We are thrilled to sponsor the Discovery of King Tut exhibit that is coming to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry,” said Tracy Curtis, Wells Fargo executive vice president and North Oregon region president. “I can’t wait to be among the many Oregonians who will experience the wonder of exploration, history and immersive learning.”
The exhibition is also made possible through generous support from supporting sponsor, Arlene Schnitzer.
“Having personally seen King Tut’s treasures in Egypt, I am thrilled to know that this exhibition will be seen by thousands of Oregonians,” said Arlene Schnitzer. “It is my pleasure to support OMSI and The Discovery of King Tut.”
The Discovery of King Tut is on view October 6, 2018 – January 27, 2019. Tickets to this exhibit, which include general museum admission, are $22 for adults, $15 for youth (ages 3-13), and $18 for seniors (ages 63+). Prices for OMSI Members are $8 for adults, $5 for youth, and $7 for seniors. Guests can purchase tickets online at omsi.edu, via phone at 503.797.4000 or in person at the museum.
Founded in 1944, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is one of the nation’s leading science museums, a world-class tourist attraction, and an award-winning educational resource for the kid in each of us. OMSI operates the largest museum-based outdoor science education program in the country and provides traveling and community outreach programs that bring science learning opportunities to schools and community organizations in every county in Oregon and throughout the region. OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214. For general information, call 503.797.4000 or visit omsi.edu.