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King Tut

Frequently Asked Questions

coffin
Coffin: The inner coffin of Queen Meritamun, carved out of cedar wood. The face is made in the likeness of the king who ruled at the time, Amenhotep I.

Exhibition Content

Where is King Tut's mummy?
Tut's mummy and sarcophagus have never traveled outside of Egypt and are not part of the exhibition.

Where is Tut's Golden Mask (Death Mask)?
Tut's death mask is not allowed to leave Egypt due to concerns of preservation and is not part of the exhibition. Similar in appearance, King Tut's canopic coffinette is part of the exhibition and is the image featured on the exhibition website and promotional materials. The exhibition does include the spectacular Death Mask of Psusennes I.

Are these authentic artifacts?
Yes, all the artifacts in the exhibition are authentic artifacts uncovered from royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings.

What will I see in the exhibition?
The exhibition covers over 2,000 years of ancient Egyptian history. The first part of the exhibition features artifacts immersing you in the lives of the pharaohs from many different periods. The second part of the exhibition features 50 artifacts found in King Tut's tomb by Howard Carter in 1922.

Where else has this exhibition been on display?
Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs is making its Midwest debut at the Science Museum of Minnesota. It was most recently on display at the Denver Art Museum. Prior to Denver, the exhibition was in Atlanta, Indianapolis, and Toronto.

Visit Planning

What is the best time to visit?
The exhibition will be open every day from 9:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m., with a last admission time of 8 p.m. If you are concerned about crowding, we recommend visits later in the day—after 1 p.m. on weekdays, and after 3 p.m. on weekends.

To make your visit easy, we strongly recommend reserving a ticket ahead of time. Tickets to the exhibition are for a specific entry time, and with a reservation, you can avoid lines at the Box Office and pick up tickets at Will Call. Better still, if you purchase tickets online, you can print out your tickets at home and skip the Box Office entirely!

How long does a visit take?
You can experience the exhibition at your own pace—although tickets are timed and dated, you can stay as long as you like. An average visit length lasts 90 minutes to two hours.

If you are planning on visiting the Omnitheater film Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs, we recommend you see the film first, so that you're not rushed through the exhibition to make your movie time.

Can I take pictures or video in the exhibition?
Photography and video are NOT permitted in the exhibition. You are welcome to take pictures in the rest of the museum.

What can't I bring into the exhibition?
The following items are NOT permitted in the exhibition: Food or drink, pens, cellphones and other handheld devices, backpacks, and gum. We recommend that if you have these items, you store them in one of the available lockers in the lobby or in your car before entering the museum exhibits area.

Ticketing

Why are tickets timed and dated?
Tickets for the exhibition are timed and dated to facilitate entrance into the exhibition. You must enter at your specified time, but there's no time limit to your stay in the exhibition.

Advance reservations are strongly recommended.

What is included in the ticket price?
All tickets to the King Tut exhibition include admission to the rest of the museum's 8.5 acres of exhibit galleries.

Do you have discounts for groups?
Yes! Discounted tickets are available for groups of 15 or more. Please call our Group Sales office at (651) 221-9444 or visit our Groups page for details.

We also have ongoing discounts for families and individuals with reduced incomes.