[Vid] DC’s Grand Scale King Tut Experience A Gilded Sight to Behold

Tutankhamun: His Tomb and His Treasures is visiting DC for the very first time! In this exhibition, guests follow in the footsteps of Egyptologist Howard Carter, who uncovered King Tut’s tomb and treasures in 1922.

From three of King Tut’s burial chambers — at actual size — to 1,000 other perfectly reconstructed objects and artifacts, this experience allows guests to get up close, without barriers, to learn more of King Tut’s story.

Recreated burial chamber of King Tut’s tomb in Tutankhamun: His Tomb and His Treasures Image: Kate Michael

Follow along with a narrated audio guide or go at your pace reading informational didactics as you learn more about King Tut in life — as well as the story of how his tomb was discovered. First-hand anecdotes from Howard Carter are woven in to make viewing the discovery even more personal!

According to Egyptologist and professor Melinda Hartwig, a consultant for Exhibition Hub’s “Tutankhamun: His Tomb and His Treasures,” the exhibition replicas are so good that she was “blown away” by the “near perfect reproductions” made by Egyptian craftsmen.

Replica of King Tut’s sarcophagus in Tutankhamun: His Tomb and His Treasures Image: Kate Michael

“Most of the Tut exhibits that you’ve seen are only a dozen or a couple of dozen pieces and they are taken out of context. This exhibition gives you a chance to walk in the footsteps of Howard Carter,” Hartwig told KSM. She particularly loves getting up close and personal with the hieroglyphics on the shrines as this is a rare opportunity to be in readable proximity!

Presented as “the most complete exhibition in the world dedicated to revealing the life and death of the young King Tut,” Hartwig says what makes this exhibition extraordinary is “not only do you get to see the reproductions of the rooms of Tut in his burial chamber, antechamber, and treasury as Carter would have seen it, but you walk into several rooms afterward and you see each one of the objects independently displayed.”

It’s the next best thing to actually being in Egypt, so don’t miss it while it’s in DC.

Tutankhamun: His Tomb and His Treasures is on view in DC at the Rhode Island Center through July 2024. Tickets available here.