The King Tut Exhibit: See Wonderful Thingsby Art Jacobson on Jul. 25, 2011, under Arts and Entertainment, Egypt, Tucson Museums
Howard Carter spent five years, and his sponsor’s, Lord Carnarvon, money, searching for a tomb neither he nor Lord Carnarvon were sure existed. Carnarvon was ready to call an end to the series of expeditions but Carter convinced him to make one last trip.
In November, 1922, they found what they thought was the modest burial site of a wealthy commoner or minor official.The very obscurity of the site, unmarked from the outside, was what preserved one of the great discoveries of modern Egyptology.
Rubble filling a short stairway was cleared and Carter made his way through a passage to an opening that gave onto a larger chamber.
As Carter looked into the chamber Lord Carnarvon, who could not contain himself, said, “What do you see?”
And Carter’s now famous reply was, “Wonderful things.”
Indeed they were, and you can see an extensive display of them, from intricate faience necklaces, to King Tutankhamun’s chariot here in Tucson. All these are meticulously made replicas of museum holdings from the tomb. But don’t be put off by this. They are breathtaking in their own right.
Some years ago I was lucky enough to see a traveling exhibit of genuine artifacts from Tut’s tomb. I found the current exhibition here in Tucson quite wonderful and in many ways easier to see, since in the original show security precautions kept one much farther away from the exhibits.
The educational materials describing each artifact are extensive and deserve the time they take to read. Happily, if you rush through on your first visit and wish you had spent more time, you may return by simply showing your “visas” (tickets) from your first visit at no charge.
The Rialto Arts and Antiquities King Tut Exhibit runs through August 31 in the Rialto theater building, 300 East Congress Street.
For complete details I recommend looking at the show’s website. Learn about lectures and cooperative deals with downtown restaurants. Things are happening all the time…this is not a static show.