King Tut exhibit opens at Pacific Science Center

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by KING 5 News

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Posted on May 23, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Updated Friday, May 25 at 11:56 AM

He's one of the most famous kings in the world and he's here in Seattle. The King Tut exhibit at the Pacific Science Center is officially open.

The Pacific Science Center spent months carefully putting together the exhibit, with the center piece being "The Boy King" of ancient Egypt and his life story. Named king at 9-years-old, Tutankhamun died 10 years later.

"Mainly I want people to think about the importance of history," said Curator David Silverman. "When you go through the exhibit you learn a tremendous amount."

In additon to ancient statues, jewelry, furniture and other relics unearthed from King Tut's tomb, curators highlighted his bed, chair, throne and even a small game that was played by the king. 

"It's no bigger than the top of your hand and it really was the X-Box of 3,000 years ago," said Creative Director Mark Loch.

Tickets are sold based on time slots, but once you're inside the exhibition, visitors can stay as long as they want. Tickets cost $27.50 for adults during weekdays, and $32.50 on weekends.

"It's really fantastic to know that piecs of history that we are all enthralled by is to some degree in our care now," said Loch.

"Tutankhamun: The Golden King and Great Pharohs" runs through January 6, 2013. Tickets can be purchased online by clicking here.

KING 5's Roberta Romero, Christie Johnson contributed to this report.

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