Our favorite boy king Tutankhamun returns to the San Francisco de Young Museum after 30 years. Here's a cheat sheet before you go.
- Tutankhamun was one of the last kings of Egypt's 18th Dynasty.
- He was nine years old when he became pharaoh in 1333 BC.
- He died mysteriously at age 19.
- The tomb of King Tut, as we affectionately call him, was discovered intact in 1922 by British archaeologist Howard Carter.
- Discovery of the tomb created an international buzz that influenced art, architecture, and fashions throughout the 1920s.
- Fifty of the artifacts made their first international tour in 1979.
- Eight million people attended.
- The current exhibit includes 130 artifacts - 50 from King Tut's tomb and 80 from the tombs of other pharaohs and royalty.
- A portion of the proceeds from this world tour will go to help preserve Egypt's treasures and construction of a new museum in Cairo.
- Sponsors include National Geographic and Northern Trust.
- The museum has set up a (not-to-be-missed)Tut webpage full of information and e-cards and a podcast interview with designer of the exhibit, Mark Lach.
Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs, de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, SF, 415-750-3600, June 27, 2009 through March 28, 2010. Just like in '79, you must purchase tickets in advance.