Unearthing the New King Tut

The King Tut of the 1970s is the museum gauntlet, thrown to us all, daring museums to be popular over elitist and inspire the desire for knowledge among the masses through wonder. Inevitably the new King Tut exhibition (on view at the Pacific Science Center for many months, until Jan. 26) is not the same. That is not to say it is not worth seeing; rather King Tut continues to offer a perspective on the state of museums and their relationships; my full take on it in The Stranger: Gold Digger.

Collar of Neferuptah. Image courtesy of Pacific Science Center. © Sandro Vannini