KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- King Tut is coming to Kansas City's Union Station.
It contains more than 5,000 replicas of treasures found in King Tut’s tomb, and this exhibition will make its North American debut at Union Station on Friday, April 4.
No Egyptian king has captured the public’s imagination more than King Tutankhamen. He came to power at the age of nine and died at 19, buried with thousands of golden treasures. The exact replicas of these artifacts are now on display at Union Station, including a replica of his mummified remains.
"The real mummy is still in the tomb in the Valley of the King," Mark Lach, Creative Director said. "The real mummy has only left the tomb four times and has only gone outside the doorway."
Fifty Egyptian craftsmen spent five years recreating every single detail of every single item found in King Tut’s tomb.
"I’ve seen the real stuff first-hand, and when you see these exact reproductions, it’s just amazing to me," Lach said.
"We show nearly 5,000 objects of the treasure of King Tutenkamun including an entire reconstruction of the tomb," Kristoff Scholtz, King Tut exhibit producer, said. "You could not stage it with the originals, they are simply too fragile. The originals sit behind glass in a museum in Cairo. By using exact replicas, they can display it in a way that gives people the feeling of walking into King Tut’s burial chamber for the first time."
"You are reliving Howard Carter’s experiences of discovering the tomb and all of its wonderful treasures," David Silverman, Ph.D, Penn Univeristy Egyptologist, said. "To see them not with glass in front, not under plexiglass latrines, but to see them right next to you like Howard Carter saw them is just fascinating."
King Tut’s is the only tomb ever found undisturbed. The exhibit lets you see how a pharaoh was buried, under several coffins, a golden mask over their face, their organs stored in alabaster jars.
"Kansas City is a great destination for culture, for exhibition," Scholtz said. "You can become an explorer, an archeologist here at Union Station."
Silverman shed some light on the history of King Tut that many may not have known before.
"The people revolted against the idea (of worshiping one god) and then Tutenkamun brought back the traditional religion (worshiping multiple gods), but that didn’t matter to the people, they were still angry," Silverman said. "So they revised their own history and they got rid of those pharaohs that did things they didn’t like."
Evidence found in X-rays made many believe King Tut was killed by a blow to back of head, but a CT scan turned revealed it was embalming fluid. It's now believe King Tut died from an infection to left leg above the knee.
Those fascinating artifacts from King Tut’s tomb will be on display through September. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for kids aged 3-12.