"Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs"

King Tutankhamun is the Elvis of Ancient Egypt. Even 3,000 years after his death at the age of 19, thousands of fans flock wherever he or the fabulous relics left in his tomb land in their world tours. Houstonians will have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see some of those artifacts, if not the boy king himself, as part of the “Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs” exhibit currently appearing at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Among the Tut swag featured is ornate jewelry, a pair of solid-gold sandals and the coffinette that held his stomach. But the riches aren’t limited to those of King Tut; treasures and priceless riches from all 30 Egyptian royal dynasties will be on hand, including some from Tut’s father Akhenaten, who was branded a heretic and virtually erased from historical record by later Egyptians for changing religions.

Altogether, the exhibit features more than 100 spectacular finds from throughout Egyptian history, most of which have never been seen by the public. Oh, and in case you need to brush up on your Egyptology, there’s a short documentary narrated by Dr. Henry “Indiana” Jones (or actor Harrison Ford, if you’re no fun). 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, 12:15 to 7 p.m. Sundays. 1001 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-639-7300 or visit www.mfah.org. $16 to $33.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Oct. 16. Continues through April 15, 2011

 
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