King Tut: Wonderful Things from the Pharaoh’s Tomb

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FREE with Fair Admission

Monday – Friday Noon – 10 p.m.

Saturday – Sunday 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Labor Day 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.


FREE with Fair admission, this magnificent collection includes superbly reproduced artifacts from the most astonishing archaeological treasure ever discovered – King Tut’s legendary tomb.

The more than 130 replicas of the pharaoh’s sacred and personal possessions, along with associated artifacts from the period surrounding King Tut’s reign, reconstruct the life and times of Egypt’s youngest and most recognizable pharaoh as well as the historic discovery of his tomb.

“It’s a beautiful, rich story. I’ve never met a person who was not transfixed by it. It’s like you’ve stepped back into the pages of Exodus, and are walking through the story in 3-D,” says Marty Martin, CEO and curator of the Origins Museum Institute.

Marty led the development of King Tut: Wonderful Things from the Pharaoh’s Tomb after the traveling exhibition featuring original artifacts from the tomb returned home and the Egyptian government passed a law saying they could never leave the country again.

“People fell in love with King Tut. I wanted to help keep a presence here in America,” Marty said.

So he began working with artisans in the Egyptian village of Giza, where the pyramids are located, to faithfully reproduce replicas of original artifacts, such as King Tut’s golden shrine, his magnificent state chariot, the iconic golden mummy case, spectacular funerary mask, and the bejeweled royal mummy. Today the exhibit features the only replicas authorized by the Egyptian Antiquities Authority, Papyrus Institute, and the Pharaonic Village.

King Tut: Wonderful Things from the Pharaoh’s Tomb has been on tour almost non-stop for the past 16 years. It’s traveled the country, but this is the first time it’s been seen in Alaska.

“It’s a thrill to bring the Egyptian desert up here,” Marty said.

Ready to start exploring? Marty recommends spending at least an hour (if not half a day) in the exhibit, and not to miss the golden chariot, the golden shrine, and the baby throne. “It’s a reminder that this was not a grown up, it was a child running one of the world’s oldest civilizations,” he says.

But bear in mind, the exhibit comes with a curse if you touch anything! “This is not a hands-on exhibit. Touch only with your eyes,” Marty cautions.