All I knew about King Tut was what Steve Martin told me in that song. Now, thanks to the sprawling Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs exhibit at the Discovery Times Square Exposition (DYTSE), New York City I now know a lot more.
Teasingly beginning with the first few rooms (there are ten galleries in all) filled with artifacts from Tut’s dad’s tomb and others, we are lead through well lit rooms and well spaced displays to the final few rooms that house the Tut artifacts the calcite, gold and precious stone stuff that is pretty much preserved; necklaces, staffs, chairs, you name it, it is spectacular stuff to see and the DYTSE lays it out so the crowds (7 million viewers world-wide have seen this exhibit) can get around pretty easy and more than one person at a time can enjoy the 130 artifacts on display here (50 of which were buried with the boy king).
What I thought especially appealing was all the Howard Cater stuff, the man who originally uncovered Tut’s tomb in 1922. Silent films are projected on walls, newspaper articles of the discovery are blown-up and there are great big pictures of what the rooms of the tomb looked like when Cater discovered them way back in the day.
Of course the exhibit cleverly exits you into the sprawling DTSE gift shop but I can’t damn anybody their crash commercialism, especially seeing as Disney has more or less commandeered our Times Square area and Spidey is falling nightly just a block or two over.
They do it well over at Discovery Times Square Exposition. Their staff is unbelievably courteous, with plenty of hellos, pleases and thank you, a well-timed line system that doesn’t bunch you up, elevators as well as stairs and plenty of coat check areas.
The exhibit runs until Jan. 17th. For more information, go to http://www.kingtut.org/plan_your_visit?location=new+york,