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King Tut Exhibit ~ Atlanta Civic Center, GA

Studying the ancients in history this year, our top destination for our LivingHistorySites.com Spring 2009 Atlanta was to visit King Tut.

Tutankhamen The Golden King and the Great Pharaoh's debuted in Atlanta in November 2009 through May 17, 2009, so you had better move fast if you want to see it in Atlanta. Information on where it is moving is at the bottom of this travel review!

Housed inside the Atlanta Civic Center in downtown Atlanta, this exhibition features 50 objects from the tomb of Tutankhamen, and another 80 ancient artifacts from ancient Egypt.

I have been trying to get my youngest child interested in Egypt for years. She refused. Hated Egypt. Hate mummies. Didn't want to know anymore about this fascinating society. End of story.Homeschooling, we cover the world's history every 4-6 years. Starting high school this year, I thought the Tut exhibit might be my pathway into Emily's brain. My goal was for Emily to understand the earthly glory and beauty of ancient Egypt, and what Moses walked away from to herd sheep in the desert for 40 years, before leading the people of Israel out of slavery and into the promised land. 

And so we went to Atlanta to see King Tut with great anticipation!

We started our time at the King Tut exhibit by watching the 3-D movie, Secrets of the Mummies. I am not a fan of 3-D movies, but this 20 minute film was a great intro to the Golden Pharaohs exhibit, giving background information on mummification and an idea of what we would see. At only $5 per person, it was a bargain well worth seeing prior to the exhibit. And it piqued Emily's interest! We turned in our 3-D glasses and were ready.

The Atlanta Civic Center very carefully controlled the amount of people going into the exhibit. We started in a short line, waiting a few minutes, before being ushered into a room with screens. Another short movie at the entrance, like the movie for the Terracotta Army, was short, informative, and only a couple of minutes long. Then the doors entered to the exhibit and we walked into Ancient Egypt on display.

It was like walking in to a different world, stepping through the portals of ancient Egypt.

The beginning of the King Tut exhibited highlighted Egyptian history and the different dynasties of the pharaohs. Detailed and well done, the entire exhibit was a wealth of information explaining the history and artifacts on display. How I wish I could have taken photographs of it. So many fascinating tidbits, I scribbled on my reporters notebook as fast as I could in the dim light that protects the artifacts, wishing I could snap photos of the exhibits and their explanatory cards with all my heart. When I emerged from the dim light, my hastily scribbled notes were barely legible.

Interesting fact, the word pharaoh was actually a Hebrew word from the Old Testament of the Bible. Derived from an ancient Egyptian phrase, meaning a great house.

In ancient Egypt, kings were thought to be good and perfect, and were compared to deity, or thought of as half man and half god. Pharaohs were thought to represent a link between the gods and humankind. The royal family would live in rich palaces, often similar to temples. Gold was thought to be the "skin" of the gods, so it was plentifully used in palaces, temples and burial rituals.

Unlike the Hebrews who worshiped the one true God, and who's holy writings have stayed the same over thousands of years, the religion of the Egyptians focused on many gods. Their religion was always evolving, with each pharaohs reign.

The King Tut exhibit featured some of the most significant rulers of ancient Egypt that we had been studying. We saw King Khefren, the face of the Sphinx, whose great pyramid is the only remaining structure of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Hatshepsut came to live, the queen who became king and acted as pharaoh. Huge limestone statues, jewelry and other fascinating objects gave a window into what royal life was like during the reign of the pharaohs.  They even had an ancient toilet made of stone, which would have a wooden seat.

We were fascinated to wind through the exhibit and see all of Tut's personal items. Stunning jewelry of every kind adorned Tut's body. Solid gold sandals adorned the feet of mummies and were on display. Jewelry was found through out the tomb, made of gold and precious stones.

We were surprised at the size of one of the most famous images of King Tut that we ever see, the image that advertises the exhibit. What we thought was a stunning gold and blue full sized coffin, was actually a tiny, beautifully adorned canopic jar. The priests preserved organs in canopic jars. Each mummified organs was placed carefully in it's own jar, for use in the after life.

Two small coffins, holding two small fetuses, accompanied King Tut in his tomb. They are thought to be the daughters of Tut and his wife Akhenaten. 

The overwhelming splendor of Ancient Egypt resonated through the entire exhibit, culminating in King Tutankhamen's personal items. The gleam of gold and shimmer of precious stones sent a hush over us, as we wended through the personal items of the only Egyptian king who's tomb was found in entirety. 

The final exhibit went into the forensic research about King Tut's mummified body. They showed x-rays, CT scans and MRI technology. Tut was presumed to be about 19 when he died, about 5 foot 6 inches tall, and still growing.

Much of his life, reign and early death remains shrouded in mystery. 

We thoroughly enjoyed our journey through the splendor of King Tut's ancient Egypt. LivingHistorySites.com thinks that every family should make an effort to travel to see this once in an educational lifetime exhibit while it is in the United States. There may come a day when they do not allow the exhibit to travel outside the borders of Egypt.

King Tut's exhibit will make the Bible come alive. The riches that Moses walked away from, being raised as Pharaoh's daughter, are extraordinary, and worth sacrificing to go see! Catch it while you can....and tell them that LivingHistorySites.com sent you!

Atlanta Civic Center
395 Piedmont Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

TICKET PRICES: Ticket prices vary depending on the city and date that you choose to attend the exhibition. Select a city below, and visit Ticketmaster.com to see ticket prices for Adult, Youth, and Senior/Student rates.

King Tut and the Golden Age of the Pharoah's will be appearing next in:

The Children's Museum of Indianapolis

June 29, 2009 - October 2009


JUNE 27, 2009 - MARCH 2010

ON SALE NOW! Click Here to purchase tickets for Tutankhamun and The Golden Age of The Pharaohs in San Francisco.

Click Here to learn more about King Tut's return to San Francisco!







The History of Pharaonic Egypt
The River and the Two Lands
Harry Burton: Pharaoh's Photographer
Scribes and Writing in Ancient Egypt
Shabtis at Your Service
The Tomb of Tutankhamun
Symbols and Colors in Ancient Egyptian Art
King Tutankhamun as a Child
Kingship in Ancient Egypt
Mummification in Ancient Egypt and the Mummy of Tutankhamun
Crowns of the Kings of Egypt
The Pectoral of Mereret
King Tutankhamun's Canopic Coffinette
Thutmose's Cat
The Many Names of Tutankhamun
Religion in Ancient Egypt