Story by Joey Frendo
For the first time ever in the Great Lakes Region, the incredible tomb of King Tutankhamun was brought to life. The exhibit premiered on May 16 at the Grand Rapids Public Museum, citizens and critics have left the exhibit in awe as audiences are able to experience the archeological site that is almost an exact replica of what Howard Carter and his team first discovered in 1922. Containing over 1,000 pieces of the mysterious boy-king’s tomb, each scientifically crafted by a team of Egyptian historians and artisans, onlookers are able to experience a timeless piece of global culture like few have ever before.
More commonly known as King Tut, the pharaoh has long fascinated the world. Coming into power at the tender age of 8, King Tut ruled for some 11 years before he mysteriously died. Soon after, his name was stricken from monuments and statues by proceeding pharaohs, seeming to erase him from the great lineage of god-kings. Enigmatic and mysterious, Tut’s kingship faded from record and into obscurity buried on some 3,000 years. However, through the tireless work of one Howard Carter and his team of archeologists, King Tut’s ornate and vast burial shrine was found. The burial and treasure chamber replicas on display now in the GRPM’s exhibition cannot be seen in this form anywhere else, as King Tut’s actually tomb has been has almost been completely emptied and placed into the Egyptian National Museum in Cairo.
The exhibit, which first made its way to places such as Berlin, Prague, Madrid. Munich, and Paris, is making its third stop in the United States in coming to Grand Rapids. Marvelous and inspiring, the exhibit opened to critical acclaim and saw audiences at the GRPM starting on May 16 and will stay until January of 2016. Tickets for the General Public run at $18 for adults, $17 for senior citizens, $13 for children ages 3 to 17, and the exhibit is free from children under 2. As educational as it is unforgettable, this is a must-see opportunity for not only natives of the city, but for people around the region also, as few have ever gotten the chance to experience King Tut restored in all his glory.
Joey Frendo is a senior studying English and Journalism. He enjoys singing lead for his band Watching for Foxes and hanging out with friends.