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King Tut artifacts coming to Science Museum of Minnesota

An exhibit of King Tut artifacts is coming to the Science Museum of Minnesota next year.

Most of the items — to be displayed at the St. Paul museum from Feb. 18 to Sept. 5 —  have never been to the United States before, officials said.

Among the artifacts:

  • The canopic coffinette that held Tutankhamun’s mummified stomach.
  • The largest image of King Tut ever unearthed — a 10-foot statue of the pharaoh found at the remains of the funerary temple of two of his high officials. The statue still retains much of its original paint.
  • Golden sandals, etched with a pattern of woven reeds, which covered the feet of Tutankhamun when Howard Carter unwrapped his mummy in 1923. 
  • One of the largest of Tutankhamun shabtis, funerary figures that were meant to perform work for the king in his afterlife, uncovered from the tomb’s antechamber.
  • A 7-foot colossal statue of Akhenaten (recently proven by DNA evidence to be King Tut’s father) that once enhanced the colonnade of the king’s temple to the Aten at East Karnak.
  • A gallery devoted to the golden treasures of the pharaohs of Egypt, including jewelry, vessels, weaponry and the solid gold funerary mask of Psusennes I, which lay over the head, chest and part of the shoulders of the mummy.

“Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs” will fill 16,000 square feet of museum space, making it the largest exhibition in Science Museum history. It also will include objects from some of the most important rulers throughout 2,000 years of ancient Egyptian history.

During the Tut exhibit, the Science Museum will show “Mummies” in the Omnitheater.

Advance tickets for the exhibit will go on sale later this fall.

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