June 27, 2009

San Francisco: de Young Museum, Tutankhamun exhibit (CLOSED); things to do

San Francisco

de Young Museum

Tutankhamun exhibit at de Young Museum

To speak the name of the dead is to make them live again. --ancient Egyptian belief

King Tut is back and this time he's brought along his royal relatives. Mystery, intrigue, and history are all part of the show. The boy king ruled more than 3,000 years ago; he died at age 19. The last Tut show at the de Young Museum was 30 years ago, in 1979. It was the most successful museum tour of the 1970s, and more people attended it here in San Francisco than at any of its other venues. The current exhibit setting provides the ambiance of stepping into an actual tomb but is far more spacious. Don't miss exhibit #18, an amazing set of nested fetus coffins and a fetus funerary mask. Dr. Zahi Hawass, the secretary general of the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities and an Indiana Jones of sorts, has made sure that this time a portion of the proceeds go back to Egypt for use in antiquities preservation and restoration and to build new museums. Runs through March 28, 2010.

(BTW, it hard not to notice how much the carved image on this canopic stopper resembles the late Michael Jackson.)

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