The Texas Museum of Science & Technology currently has two exhibit spaces as well as our planetarium. Before you start exploring we encourage you to check our our Gallery Guides for our exhibitions.
Tutankhamun: “Wonderful Things” from the Pharaoh’s Tomb
34 centuries ago a young pharaoh, worshiped as a god, was laid to eternal rest in all his splendor, his rule mysteriously cut short by an unknown tragedy. An innocent puppet-ruler, he had been caught in the midst of a dangerous and profound political, spiritual, and artistic revolution against the entire pantheon of ancient Egyptian gods by the first monotheistic religious cult in history. Hidden in darkness beneath the deserts and for over 3 millennia, his spectacular golden treasures were finally brought to light with their discovery by Howard Carter in 1922, to begin fulfilling their ancient magical task of ensuring that the name of Tutankhamun, the long-forgotten boy pharaoh, would live forever.
From 1961 to 1981 the traveling Tutankhamun exhibition from the Egyptian Museum, Cairo, toured the United States, Canada, Japan, France, England, West Germany, and the Soviet Union. Curated by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the exhibition presented its 55 artifacts purely and simply in the order in which they were removed from the tomb, grouped according to the chambers in which they were found. After 20 years of wear-and-tear on the priceless objects, the tour was concluded and the collection returned to Egypt. In 2005, in association with National Geographic , 50 objects from the tomb, accompanied by some 80 additional items from a variety of other periods, returned to the U.S. in the Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs exhibition which began its tour in Los Angeles.
While the experience of seeing the original artifacts is unsurpassable, there are enormous benefits to viewing the reproductions. The sheer number of replicas in the Tutankhamun: “Wonderful Things” from the Pharaoh’s Tomb collection far exceeds the number of original objects from the tomb which have been allowed to leave the Egyptian Museum for view abroad.
Most of the more impressive artifacts will never be seen in the U.S. but for these replicas, including such spectacles as the golden Canopic Shrine, the golden State Chariot, the iconic golden mummy case, and the bejeweled mummy of the pharaoh himself. For those who have stood in long lines and paid lofty admissions to see the originals, it affords an opportunity to see far more of the pharaoh’s treasures than were available in the other touring exhibitions, and at a more accessible price for families and schools.
Superbly reproduced, this magnificent collection of legendary artifacts faithfully preserves the grandeur and mystery of the most astonishing archaeological treasure ever discovered. Because all pharaohs were buried with the same sacred equipment, more or less, even Tutankhamun’s own treasures were replicas in their day. Crafted from the same ancient, traditional designs, the riches in this awesome collection of 130 artifacts are presented as a composite portrait of an ancient individual and the remote times in which he lived. Instead of traditionally focusing on the chambers of the tomb, the artifacts are grouped according to aspects of the pharaoh’s life: an Introductory hall, the hall of the Discovery, the Private Pharaoh, the Public Pharaoh, and the Sacred Burial. The pharaoh’s much overlooked African heritage is explored, along with the religious magic of the sacred objects, and the infamous curse of Tutankhamun. A mystical voyage to another era, this spellbinding exhibition is accompanied by a haunting score of ambient music (commissioned by the Texas Museum of Natural History in 1997 for the ongoing national tour) which transports its visitors to a vanished world and evokes the eternal mystery of the pharaoh’s tomb.
This exhibit will be at TXMOST for a limited time.
Explore our permanent Timewalk exhibition, journeying from the deep past of the Precambrian Era, through the Jurassic, into the Holocene Period—meeting some extraordinary individuals along the way.
As you stroll through over 3 billion years, you will encounter ancient, many-legged trilobites, a dancing hologramic display which brings our jellyfish fossils to life, and the skull of the fiercely toothed infamous Tyrannosaurus Rex. You will have the opportunity of a close and personal encounter with “Lucy”, the famous Ethiopian australopithecine. Rounding out your walk, you’ll come face to face with the full skeleton of “Emily”, our saber-tooth cat. You’ll find many more toothed, armored, horned and winged creatures from Earth’s past along your journey, so come introduce yourself to them all!