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King Tut: "Wonderful Things" from the Pharaoh’s Tomb

Exhibit for Families and Kids at the Wilbur D. May Museum in Reno

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King Tut exhibit at the Wilbur D. May Museum in Reno, Nevada, NV

King Tut exhibit at the Wilbur D. May Museum in Reno, Nevada.

Image courtesy Washoe County Parks.

The Wilbur D. May Museum in Reno brings us yet another outstanding exhibit. This time, children and families can visit the glorious past of ancient Egypt and learn about its most famous pharaoh, King Tut.

What is the King Tut Exhibit?

Officially named King Tut: "Wonderful Things" from the Pharaoh’s Tomb, this exhibit features over 130 hand-crafted replicas of one the greatest archaeological treasures ever discovered - the artifacts found in the tomb of King Tutankhamun in 1922. Artisans from the Pharaonic Village in Giza, Egypt, spent over ten years creating the replicas in the "Wonderful Things" exhibit. The exhibit is being brought to the May Museum through an agreement between Washoe County and the Origins Museum Institute.

The "Wonderful Things" part of the exhibit's title comes from a story about the discovery of King Tut's tomb. When British archaeologist Howard Carter first opened King Tutankhamun's burial tomb in 1922, his chief financial backer, Lord Carnarvon, asked, "Do you see anything?" Carter is said to have answered, "Yes, I see wonderful things."

What You Will See at the King Tut Exhibit

In addition to the expert replicas of King Tut's treasures, there will be more artifacts about the life and times of King Tut, giving visitors a more complete story of the "Boy Pharaoh" and his place as an immortal character in world history.

Here are some of the replicas from King Tut's tomb that are part of the exhibit...

  • King Tut's golden mummy case, perhaps the most famous item in the treasure trove.
  • Magnificent state chariot.
  • Canopic shrine.
  • Thrones.
  • Funerary mask.
  • Bejeweled royal mummy and other jewelry.

Visiting the King Tut Exhibit

The King Tut exhibit will be at the Wilbur D. May Museum, a part of the May Center in Reno's Rancho San Rafael Regional Park at 1595 N. Sierra Street. The exhibit will be on display from January 26 through May 23, 2012. Hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Admission is $9 for adults, $8 for children under 18 and seniors 62 and over. It's $6 per person for groups of 15 or more. For additional information, call Washoe County Parks at (775) 823-6500.

About the May Center at Rancho San Rafael Park

The Wilbur D. May Center consists of the May Museum and May Arboretum and Botanical Garden. The May Center, located in Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, is a tribute to the legacy of rancher, adventurer and philanthropist Wilbur D. May. Permanent displays include rare and exotic collections from his many world travels. The May Center is managed by Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space and receives generous support from the Wilbur May Foundation.

Source: Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space.

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