Text by WIT Agent Lindsay Nichols
On December 15th and 16th, Viking River Cruises and Willamette International Travel sponsored clients’ entry to “The Discovery of King Tut”, an exhibit displayed at Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) with replicas of hundreds of items found in his tomb since the early 20th century. It began with a brief introduction of how King Tut’s tomb became discovered and had life size displays of a few of the rooms and how they were originally found. After an overview, there were replicas from each of the rooms in his tomb, each of which were so detailed it felt like you were seeing the originals!
Below are three of the shrines that surrounded King Tut’s coffin, they were enclosed in each other just like Russian nesting dolls, leaving very little space between each shrine.
Each of the shrines that encased King Tut’s body along with golden coffins were show in life size and made you wonder, “How did they do that?!”
The following photo shows King Tut’s gold coffins, which were laid inside each other, like a set of Russian nesting dolls.
A wonderful addition to the visual displays are the guided recordings provided to each guest, really bringing the entire story to life. If you plan on attending, a suggestion would be to bring a pair of headphones to plug into the guided recording device, this way you do not have to hold the device to your ear the entire time. There were a lot of details that I was unaware of, such as the unknowing of how he died or the discrepancy of whether he was murdered or died from health reasons.
This photograph shows the exact placement of items found in King Tut’s tomb. It was meticulously mapped by Howard Carter’s team which was a first for the time.