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Grand Rapids Public Museum reveals 'King Tut' exhibit

May 15, 2015
| By Pat Evans |
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Grand Rapids Public Museum reveals 'King Tut' exhibit
“The Discovery of King Tut” exhibit, which features more than 1,000 pieces, runs through next January at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. Photo via

A major exhibit is opening at the Grand Rapids Public Museum tomorrow.

“The Discovery of King Tut” is an exhibition recreating and telling the story King Tutankhamun’s tomb discovery in the early 20th century. It’s the third stop in the U.S. and the first in the Great Lakes region.

The exhibit is open until next January.

“The story of King Tut has fascinated the world since the discovery of his tomb in 1922,” said Dale Robertson, president and CEO, Grand Rapids Public Museum, last fall. “This exhibition presents the excavation itself as it was at the very moment it was revealed to the public.”

The exhibit is presented by Premier Exhibitions, the same company that provides “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition,” “Titanic: The Experience” and “BODIES…The Exhibition” and “BODIES…Revealed.”

1,000+ items

“The Discovery of King Tut” includes more than 1,000 reproductions of items found in King Tut’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt. Few of the actual artifacts are allowed to leave Egypt.

The exhibit is meant to show the tomb as it was discovered by British archeologist Howard Carter in 1922.

King Tut’s gold mask came to the U.S. in the 1970s, but has mostly remained in Egypt, since as the Egyptian Museum desires for it to stay.

Presentation series

The museum will also hold several presentations throughout the exhibit’s stay.

Craig Benjamin will kick off the King Tut Presentation Series on May 26 at the museum’s Meijer Theater.

Benjamin, a history professor at Grand Valley State University, will present “The World at the Time of Tutankhamun,” which will give guests a look at the world in the early 1300s, when the young king ruled Egypt.

Special beer

Founders Brewing Co. in Grand Rapids made a special beer for the exhibit.

Untombed Ale will be a sweet, thick bodied, low-alcohol beer true to ancient Egyptian standards, with a Founders twist.

The beer will be blood red with toasted biscuit malt for a bready character.

Founders brewmaster Jeremy Kosmicki will use herbs and spices to replace hops, which didn’t exist in ancient Egypt. Dates and honey will also be ingredients in the beer.

The beer will be released at the museum’s opening preview party, A Night on the Nile, and in the taproom while supplies last.

Hotel packages

Several area hotels are offering packages including admission to the exhibit.

Amway Grand Plaza, JW Marriott and Courtyard by Marriott Downtown are offering exhibit packages that include two tickets to the exhibit, along with breakfast and/or credits to the hotels.


Grand Rapids Public Museum members can purchase tickets to the exhibit for $13, seniors for $12 and children for $11.

General public tickets, including museum general admission, are $18 for adults, $17 for seniors and children three and older are $14.  

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