Monday, May 16, 2005
An sample from the KING TUT Merchandise Store
After almost three decades the ancient Egyptian tomb treasures of King Tutankhamun will be making a return visit to U.S. shores.
Over 130 funerary objects that have rarely or never traveled abroad before are part of the exhibit. The 3,300-to-3,500-year-old artifacts come from the tombs of 18th-dynasty pharaoh Tutankhamun and others buried in the Valley of the Kings.
The last time artifacts from Tutankhamun's tomb visited the U.S. was from 1976 to 1979. This smaller exhibit featuring the boy king, familiarly known as King Tut, toured seven cities and attracted record numbers—approximately eight million visitors in all.