Timely Tut Tips


Photo Credit: Pacific Science Center.

by Tracey Wickersham

We are so proud and pleased that Seattle was chosen as the host city for the final North American appearance of Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs, which opened here in May. Our nationally recognized Pacific Science Center has already seen more than half a million people come through its doors to view this magnificent exhibition, which features upwards of 100 striking objects spanning 2000 years of ancient Egyptian history. Artifacts include the golden sandals found on King Tut’s mummy, a dazzling and intricate gold canopic coffinette that held King Tut’s mummified stomach, and the largest image of Tut ever unearthed, a 10-foot statue found at the remains of a funerary temple.

Crowds are growing ever larger as we approach the end date of January 6, 2013, and weekends and peak weekday times are regularly selling out.  Tickets are timed and advance purchase is strongly recommended to avoid disappointment at the door!  In fact, the best tip, and the only guaranteed way to see the exhibit when you wish, is to buy a VIP package from one of the 12 official partner hotels.  VIP tickets are untimed, and allow you avoid the lines and see the exhibit on your timetable!


Photo Credit: Pacific Science Center.

If you’re coming from afar, what a great way to simplify your planning and ensure a successful visit. And if you’re local, what better excuse to treat yourself to a mini vacation break in your own (and if we dare say so ourselves) fabulous city?  And while you’re out and about, don’t forget to take advantage of all the discounts offered through the Pharaoh’s Gold Card.

So go ahead, be a VIP.  It’s a golden opportunity!

For more information, visit the King Tut Seattle web site.



About the Author

Tracey Wickersham

Tracey Wickersham is the Director of Cultural Tourism at Visit Seattle. In her off hours she’s the host of a weekly music program on KBCS 91.3 FM and a board member at 4Culture, supporting arts, heritage, public art and historic preservation in King County. She lives in West Seattle with her husband, one headstrong elderly Australian Cattle Dog, heaps of books and music, and an unwieldy garden.

Tracey Wickersham


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