BOSTON - King Tut, a famous young pharaoh of ancient Egypt, died roughly three thousand years ago. An exhibit on King Tut and the contents of his tomb has traveled the world, but it has not visited the city of Boston since 1963, which was 57 years ago. To us people who have been born in the years since 1963, the time span between now and the last museum trip and the time span between now and King Tut's death might as well be the same amount of time. It feels so distant and so foreign, but one of those time spans is about to be broken this summer.
"King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh," a massive, globetrotting spectacle of an exhibition that brings the famed treasures and artifacts (totaling one hundred and fifty in count!) of King Tutankhamun to the public viewing, will come to Boston's Saunders Castle at Park Plaza on June 13 of this summer. Between stops in Boston in February 1963 and June 2020, major world cities have played host to the acclaimed exhibition, but the return to Boston is still an undoubtedly excited one.
Per the Boston Herald, the announcement was made by Mayor Warty Walsh yesterday when he spoke to the classes of numerous Boston Public Schools, who will, of course, make use of the exhibition's proximity for the benefit of social studies classes. He was accompanied by a replica of The Guardian, a classic statue from Egypt that has also been known as one of the guards fo King Tut's tomb, a location in the world that has been famously shrouded in mystery. But a traveling exhibition like this has shown that King Tut was a human being just like all of us.
Tickets are expected to be quite challenging to acquire, but they will be provided in spades to public school students and members of Boston's Museum of Science. It will be very cool to see, especially since Boston will serve as the only city in the region to welcome the exhibition on this go-around. It will become appointment viewing for many!
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