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Courtesy Rainer Christian Kurzeder and Union Station
King Tut Union Station
Visitors can get up close to these recreated artifacts from the tomb of King Tut.
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Courtesy of Rainer Christian Kurzeder and Union Station
King Tut Chamber
The treasures in the chambers of Tut's tomb are arranged as they were thought to have appeared when an archaeologist first discovered them in 1922.
By Missouri Life Staff
This year is Union Station’s hundredth birthday, and to commemorate, they're showcasing an exhibit fit for a king—King Tut, that is.
Since 2008, more than five million Europeans have seen these artifacts. Now, Americans can explore the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun in the way it was thought to have appeared when it was first discovered.
Becoming king at seven years old, Tut died mysteriously in his late teens, during a strained time in Egyptian history. His presumed father, Akhenaten, was criticized when he decreed that only one deity was to be worshipped. Consequently, the kings that followed Tutankhamun sought to erase the existence of the son of the despised king, removing all traces of Tut’s name and likeness.
Tut and the treasures buried with him lay undisturbed for more than 3,300 years, until they were uncovered by British archaeologist Howard Carter in November 1922.
What might have the archaeologist seen during his initial excavation? The Tut exhibit hopes to give patrons a glimpse of how the tomb was arranged when Carter explored its depths.
Patrons can learn about the tomb’s history and then embark into the dimly lit chambers, where they’ll see the treasures arranged in precarious stacks. A narrator on headsets guides the tour.
The thousand artifacts displayed aren’t the real thing (the Egyptian government no longer permits the real Tut artifacts to tour), though the replica golden masks and coffins, jewelry, wall paintings, shrines, and other trinkets were crafted by Egyptian artists. The artists referenced photos and other visuals to recreate the details.
Reproductions also permit patrons to get up close and touch the artifacts: the golden coffins, shrines that would have held the disemboweled remains of the dead, the walls of the burial chamber that were covered in murals, and King Tut’s gold throne and iconic eleven-Karat-gold mask.
The Discovery of King Tut will be open from April 4 to September 7. Visit www.unionstation.org/tut or call 816-460-6888 for hours and ticket prices.