Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharoahs

One of the most celebrated exhibits of 2009 was Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs. Organized by the National Geographic Society, Arts and Exhibitions International and AEG Exhibitions, with cooperation from Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, the exhibit allowed visitors to step back in time and explore the lineage of the famous boy king and other Egyptian pharaohs.

A view inside the exhibit Tutankhmun: The Golden Kings and the Great Pharaohs.

This traveling exhibit featured more than 100 artifacts many of which had never been shown in the United States, including objects from the tombs of Tutankhamun and other Egyptian pharaohs spanning more than 2,000 years of Egyptian history. The exhibit, which opened in conjunction with the museum’s Take Me There:® Egypt, attracted more than 225,000 visitors, many of whom were new to visiting a children’s museum. The exhibit featured an audio tour and a National Geographic video documentary, both narrated by actor Harrison Ford. The exhibit was open at The Children’s Museum from June 27 to October 25, 2009.

A large stone bust of the pharaoh Akhenaten, father of Tutankhamun.

This small coffinette with a portrait of King Tutankhamun was one of more than 100 artifacts featured in Tutankhmun: The Golden Kings and the Great Pharaohs.