There’s maybe no better known figure from ancient Egypt than King Tut, the boy ruler whose tomb would become one of the best sources of knowledge about the customs of his time. But seeing a handful of artifacts out of context can’t convey the significance of the 3,000-year-long civilization that produced them.
That’s what makes The Discovery of King Tut different. The traveling exhibit, which arrives in Midtown for a five-month stint on Nov. 21, recreates three of the rooms from the pharaoh’s final resting place just as they were when a 1922 expedition opened the tomb.
Over 1,000 relics have been recreated — the originals are too fragile to travel — including Tut’s sarcophagus and the Rosetta Stone, which allowed archeologists to decode the hieroglyphs.
The tableaus can be recreated thanks to the work of photographer Harry Burton, who captured the entire excavation in more than 2,800 images, some of which have been painstakingly colorized for the exhibit.
On Fridays beginning Dec. 4, a series of Tut Talks will explore various aspects of the tomb and Egyptian culture with lectures by Egyptologists and archaeologists.
The Discovery of King Tut
Nov. 21-May 1
Premier Exhibitions, 417 Fifth Ave.