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Giant statue of ancient icon coming to St. Paul — the Egyptian god Anubis

Anubis statue
Science Museum of MN
Anubis statue

A 26-foot-tall statue of the Egyptian god Anubis is coming to downtown St. Paul Tuesday to publicize the King Tut exhibit that opens Feb. 11 at the Science Museum of Minnesota.

The timing is meant to remind folks that advance tickets for the Science Museum’s “Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs” exhibit will be available starting at 8 a.m. Tuesday — online, by phone at 651-221-9444, or at the box office.

The big statue, 26 tons of jackal-headed deity, will spend the winter in Landmark Plaza, next to Landmark Center and Rice Park. The statue also was displayed before the exhibit’s opening in Atlanta, New York City, London, Toronto and Vienna.

Mayor Chris Coleman and Science Museum officials will unveil the statue at 11 a.m.

I’m thinking I’ll be humming the old Steve Martin song for a while.

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