Visitors to the Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul can now experience the richness of the Egyptian golden kingdom of the pharaohs; most importantly, they will get to see the treasures of King Tut as the exhibit, Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs is now open and will continue to attract tourists through September 5.
According to the Science Museum, more than 100 authentic artifacts are on display, including King Tut's golden sandals and the canopic jars that once held his internal organs. However, Tut's mummy is not a part of the exhibition, the museum said.
The exhibit offers visitors the opportunity to learn about the role of pharaohs in religion and society in Egypt; it also presents a historical account of the discovery of King Tut's tomb in 1922 along with the newest scientific discoveries that provide an insight into the Boy King's unexpected death.
A film about the mysteries and science of mummification showing the discovery of 40 royal mummies in a single tomb made four decades before Tut's was found, is sure to lure more visitors to the museum. Enthusiasts, students and historians can also look forward to learning more about what modern scientists are hoping to gain from the study of ancient DNA.
The mystery of Mummies, Egyptian ancient dynasties, Egyptian Pyramids and the like have always been a major tourist-drawing plank for Egypt. Museums in other parts of the world displaying artifacts and mummies from Egypt seem to have cashed in on more visitors every time they have put up such an exhibit. Earlier this month, the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia also announced the opening of Mummies of the World - an exhibition of real Mummies assembled from across the world on June 18, 2011.
Won't be able to visit the museum? Here's a video tour showing the ruins of King Tut's dynasty, artifacts discovered from the tombs of Tut and the real footage of the dicovery of the King's tomb: