TUTANKHAMUN: Wonderful Things from the Pharaoh’s Tomb
June 14, 2014 – Jan. 4, 2015
This dazzling exhibit is a collection of 124 replicas of King Tut’s magnificent and personal collection ranging from 3,000-year-old jewelry to a mummifying table.
TUTANKHMUN was brought to southwest Virginia by the International Museum Institute of New York. Curator & CEO Alberto Acosta said, “I, as curator and creator, want people to experience the treasures of the pharaoh without leaving their own backyards.”
It was this vision that led Acosta to finance the exhibit out of his own back pocket, collecting artifacts for over a period of 10 years prior to the first exhibit. There are a total of 124 artifacts, three of which are original pieces of jewelry owned by the pharaoh himself. These stunning works of art can be found in glass cases in the exhibit. These treasures have been seen in over 24 museums around the U.S. from Texas to New York. However, this is Tut’s first time in the state of Virginia.
The collection is accompanied by narrative placards describing each individual artifact, as well as an ambient soundtrack that takes the viewer back to the days of ancient Egypt. All of this was created by Acosta himself: Each object was commissioned, each pedestal designed, each narrative written and the soundtrack composed by the curator. When asked what drove him to such a time-consuming and costly endeavor he said, “It was an uncontrollable obsession that had to be fulfilled to bring peace and contentment to myself.”
His extreme eye for detail and creative flare is not missed on viewers as they walk into a dimly lit room filled with breathtaking treasures. Come see for yourself the glinting, gold artifacts that tell the tale of King Tutankhamun.