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King Tut Exhibit NYC-rip off

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I love history, love museum and was really excited when I learned the Tut exhibit would be in NYC at the Discovery Center while the wife and I were visiting our kids (who live on Long Island and in the city) in July. So, I purchased the tickets for all of us to go, including my two grandkids, who also love history and archeology.

I have visited the Met, the British Museum, the Louvre and the Vatican Museums many times, so I was really pumped for this one. Talk about a complete let down. I felt it was one of the biggest rip-offs I have ever seen. Discovery Channel and NatGeo should be ashamed of themselves for pawning this off in the manner that they did.

There are actually very few artifacts, perhaps 130 or so, but they scattered them across a very large area to make it seem like more. Most were very minor items, such as a necklace or boat. Most came from Thutmose or Akenaten and the only things relating to Tut were at the very end and these too were very minor.

Do yourself a favor, if you are in NYC and interested in Egyptian artifacts, GO TO THE MET!!! Don't waste your money on what the Discovery Hucksters have put together.

As a final note, I used to have a great admiration for the Egyptian director of Antiquities, Zahi Hawass, but after seeing the amount of junk that is being sold under his brand as you exit the exhibit, including an Indiana Jones hat (now a Zahi Hawass hat) for $45, I have lost a great deal of respect for him.

dave

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