Just like another '70s-era cultural phenomenon, “blockbuster is the word” that captures the de Young Museum’s current exhibition, Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs.
In fact, we can’t recall ever hearing that phrase uttered more at a single event than at the recent opening-night gala which celebrated the return to San Francisco of the Boy King.
The exhibition features 130 objects (curated by the de Young’s Renee Dreyfus). Only about 50 of those derive from the treasure-troved tomb of Tut which was discovered in 1922. The rest comprise other, wonderfully fantastic funereal finery from the tombs of his royal relatives.
It's official. The Boy King is back in The Bay. It's been 30 years since the record-breaking Treasures of Tutankhamun exhibit hit San Francisco, and now Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs is ready to reign supreme at the de Young.
It's not every day you can get up close and personal with the posessions of Egypt's best-known pharaoh. But starting June 27, history buffs can check out King Tut's treasures when Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs opens at the de Young. This marks the first time in thirty years that Northern Californians have the opportunity to see the famous pharaoh's artifacts since the de Young's very first, record-breaking exhibit in 1979. Visitors will have the chance to view over 130 relics from King Tut's tomb and other ancient Egyptian sites, plus an additional selection of artifacts new to the traveling exhibition.