Wednesday, March 24, 1999

Museum Center re-creating Tut's tomb


Egyptian exhibit paired with film

BY OWEN FINDSEN
credit The Cincinnati Enquirer

        King Tut's coming to town, on film and in an exhibition. Mysteries of Egypt will open June 12 at the Museum Center at Union Terminal.

        Mysteries of Egypt is an Omnimax film starring Omar Sharif, which flies viewers over the Nile Valley and into the tombs in the Valley of the Kings. Re-enactments will show the building of the pyramids, the funeral of boy-king Tutankhamen and the discovery of Tut's tomb by archaeologist Howard Carter.

        The Cincinnati Museum Center is the only museum in the United States scheduled to receive the exhibition that accompanies the film. Visitors can also walk through King Tut's tomb, in a recreation designed by the Canadian Museum of Civilization, part of an exhibition which uses 300 artifacts, some authentic and some replicas, to tell the story of life in Ancient Egypt.

        The Cincinnati Museum Center is recreating Tut's tomb, including the antechamber, which held household items, the burial chamber, with Tut's gold sarcophagus, and the treasury, including the gilded canopic shrine.

        The Pharaoh Tutankhamen was killed, probably murdered, at the age of 19 in Egypt's 18th dynasty, about 1350 B.C. His tomb, discovered in 1922, is the only royal tomb in Egyptian history to be found intact. It remains the richest discovery in the history of archaeology.

        The actual objects from Tut's tomb, in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, toured American cities 20 years ago, and are not likely to leave Egypt again. The replicas in the exhibition are so accurate that their export from Canada had to be approved by Canada's Egyptian Antiquities Organization.

        Mysteries of Egypt will be at the Museum Center for four months, closing Oct. 15.

IF YOU GO
        • What: Mysteries of Egypt, June 12-Oct. 15.

        • Where: Cincinnati Museum Center, Union Terminal.

        • Tickets: $9, $6 children 3-12, $3.50 children 1-2. On sale starting April 1 at the Museum Center or Ticketmaster, 562-4949.

        • Information: 287-7000 or 800-733-2077, or visit www.cincymuseum.org.

        • The movie: The Omnimax film is $6.50, $4.50 for children 3-12, free for children under 3. Combined tickets are $12, $8 for children 3-12, $3.50 for children 1-2. People 60 and over get a $1 discount.

       



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