Tutankhamun Treasure Exhibit Ends October 25, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS, Central Indiana (Oct. 1, 2009) — “Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs” will end its four-month run at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis after October 25, 2009. For the final month of the exhibition, special ticket offers to see the boy king’s priceless treasures include:

  • Matinee Hours: Tuesday-Friday from 2 p.m. to close, adult tickets to the exhibition are available at a $19 matinee price, and youth tickets are $10 during these hours
  • Family Four-packs: Family tickets (two adults, two youth) are available through the end of the run for $60, a significant savings over regular prices

The touring exhibition features more than 100 authentic artifacts from the tomb of the celebrated pharaoh King Tutankhamun and other ancient Egyptian sites. The exhibition is organized by National Geographic, Arts and Exhibitions International and AEG Exhibitions, with cooperation from the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities. A portion of the proceeds from the tour will go toward antiquities preservation and conservation efforts in Egypt, including the construction of a new grand museum in Cairo. Northern Trust is a proud cultural partner of the tour, and American Airlines is the official airline.

The exhibition features an audio tour and National Geographic video documentary, both narrated by award-winning actor, Harrison Ford.



“Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs” features striking artifacts from some of the most important rulers throughout 2,000 years of ancient Egyptian history, from the 4th Dynasty into the Late Period (about 2600 B.C. – 660 B.C.). Derived from a variety of contexts, including temples and royal and private tombs, most of these artifacts had never visited the United States prior to this tour.

Tutankhamun was one of the last kings of Egypt’s 18th Dynasty and ruled during a crucial, turmoil-filled period of Egyptian history. The boy king died under mysterious circumstances around age 18 or 19, in the ninth year of his reign (1323 B.C.).

The exhibition includes more than 50 treasures from Tutankhamun’s tomb presented alongside artifacts representing other important pharaohs and notables, along with the latest scientific research about King Tut. The storyline focuses on the splendor of the Egyptian pharaohs, their function in the earthly and divine worlds, and what kingship meant to the Egyptian people.

Four galleries devoted to King Tut correspond to the four rooms of his nearly intact tomb, where the treasures were discovered by British explorer Howard Carter in 1922. Legendary artifacts from the antechamber, the annex, the treasury and the burial chamber will include Tutankhamun’s golden sandals, jewelry, furniture, weaponry and statuary.


Information and tickets to the exhibition at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis can be found at the show’s webpage or Ticketmaster or 1-877-TUT-TKTS (877-888-8587). Tickets are also available in person at the museum box office. Advance reservations are strongly recommended to secure desired date and time, which must be selected at time of purchase. The exhibition will stay open for 90 minutes past the last ticketed time. Hotel packages including VIP tickets that do not require pre-reserved times and dates are available here, or see the Indianapolis hotels links at the bottom of this article.

Tickets for groups of 10 or more are available at 1-866-LA-GROUP (866-524-7687). More information is available at here or the Children’s Museum website.

The exhibition is open during the following hours:

Now – Oct. 17, 2009
Sunday – Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. *
Friday – Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Oct. 18 – Oct. 25, 2009
Sunday – Thursday from 10a.m. – 6:30 p.m. *
Friday – Saturday from 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

*Mondays through October 19 are dedicated to school groups from 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., with no availability to the general public (limited availability weekdays prior to 1:30 p.m. due to school visits).

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