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may 12 2010

King Tut vs. Cleopatra: Egypt's 'Boy King' and 'Last Queen' on tour in the U.S.

Highly anticipated exhibits in New York, Philadelphia, and Denver give visitors a glimpse of how ancient Egyptian royalty lived -- and died.

For all of these exhibits, admission is granted for a specific date and a 30-minute window of time when a ticket holder is allowed entrance. Many dates are expected to sell out, and buying tickets in advance is recommended.


What's to See: 10 galleries and roughly 130 Egyptian artifacts, 50 of which come from Tut's tomb -- including the golden coffinette where he was laid and the crown found on his head.

Location: Discovery Times Square Exposition

Dates: Now through January 2, 2011

Adult Ticket Prices: $27.50 (plus a $1 service charge)

More Info: kingtut.org and discoverytsx.com


What's to See: The world premier of "Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt," as the exhibit is known, takes place in early June in the City of Brotherly Love. The exhibit will feature more than 250 artifacts, many of them never before seen by the public, ranging from small gold pieces to statues standing over 15 feet tall. Sponsored by the National Geographic Society, the exhibit also showcases the ongoing underwater archaeological expeditions that have uncovered Cleopatra's royal palace and two ancient cities.

Location: Franklin Institute

Dates: June 5, 2010 to January 2, 2011

Adult Ticket Prices: $26.50 Monday to Thursday, $29.50 Friday to Sunday (includes regular admission); or pay $19.50 for an evening visit, after 5 p.m. Thursday to Sunday, but note that the rest of the museum is closed by then

More Info: fi.edu/cleopatra and visitphilly.com


What's to See: 11 galleries filled with more than 100 Egyptian artifacts, including 50 that were taken from Tut's tomb -- for example, a pair of golden sandals that adorned the mummy, and a fancifully designed jar that held the Boy King's internal organs. There's also an audio tour and 3-D film, which you can add on to your ticket for $5.

Location: Denver Art Museum

Dates: July 1, 2010 to January 2, 2011

Adult Ticket Prices: $25 Monday to Thursday, $30 Friday to Sunday (includes regular admission)

More Info: kingtut.org and tutdenver.com

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