"Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs" exhibit opens 

The touring blockbuster exhibit Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs opens this weekend at the Children's Museum. It features over 130 treasures from the tomb of King Tut and other important rulers from 2,000 years of ancient Egyptian history, including the largest image of King Tut ever found, one of four gold and precious-stone-inlaid canopic jars and CT scans of Tut's mummy. Many of these items are premiering in the U.S. In addition, the exhibit will explore the Egyptian pharaohs, their function in the earthly and divine worlds, and what kingship meant to the Egyptian people. The exhibit will be on view June 27-Oct. 25.

A "Tut Expedition Gala After Party" will be held June 26, 9:30 p.m.-midnight, where guests can get a sneak peek at Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs and the new permanent exhibit Take Me There: Egypt. Tickets are $75 for the party (www.childrensmuseum.org/catalog/catalog.asp?C=689).

Advance purchase of tickets are recommended (1-877-TUT-TKTS or at the museum box office). Mondays-Thursdays, ticket prices are $25, $23 for seniors; Fridays-Sundays are $30 and $27.50 for seniors. Tickets for youth ages 2-17 are $15 on any day and children ages 2 and under are free. A companion audio tour narrated by Harrison Ford will also be available. For more information, go to www.kingtut.org or www.ChildrensMuseum.org. The museum is located at 3000 N. Meridian St.

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