We, the EC-5, just got back from the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia; we celebrated Mother Hen’s birthday (29) by taking everyone to the “Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs” exhibit. “The exhibition includes approximately 130 objects from the tomb of King Tut and other valley of the King Ancestors.” The majority of the artifacts have never been on American soil. If you enjoy seeing antiquities from a long gone age and shining moment in history then go. Know also that you will pay $27.50 a head (adult) and $17.50 per child (ages 4-11). Know that Tutankhamun’s death mask is not part of the exhibition since “The death mask is not allowed to leave Egypt and therefore is not included in the exhibition.” And know that you will not be allowed to use your camera – photography is strictly prohibited. You can buy all of the pictures you want from the gift shop, which is conveniently located at the end of the exhibition.
It took us roughly an hour and a half to tour through the artifacts. We went at the 2:30 PM, cattle call and, at the end of the day I believe that it was worth it. The kids (the three chicks) absolutely love this period of history. Chick 2.0 was telling me how many jars were usually used in the mummification process and that was well before we were unleashed on the antiquities. Actually seeing some of these items up close and personal gave me a new respect for Egypt’s golden age. The detail in the gold inlays and the hieroglyphs – simply amazing; that and I’ve never seen a solid gold ceremonial dagger before. BTW it was a dagger that was buried with Tut himself. Amazing.
Thanks to the Birthday Girl, Mother Hen, for sharing her 29th birthday with us in such a fashion. I love you Lady. Like you said, “for my birthday I want to make some memories with my family.”