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Oct 7th, 2009, 12:27 AM
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Does King Tuts Tomb close to the public for renovations during the year?

I was reading an article about tours to the Valley of the Kings and it mentioned King Tuts tomb being closed for renovations. I would absolutely hate it if this happened when I was there. The brochure said that dates have not been set yet for any closures next year. Is there any websites that I can keep an eye on so that when/if this information becomes available I could book my tour around it. Thank yuol
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Oct 7th, 2009, 06:52 AM
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Can't answer re dates of closure (if/when), but can tell you that there's not much to see in this tomb... some wall paintings and the empty sarchophagus (sp). Besides, this tomb has an extra surcharge to visit and not included with the three tombs that many tours offer. The items found in the tomb at early 1900s are on display in an air-conditioned room in the Egyptiann Musuem in Cairo.

The tombs you will visit, of those that are open, will be larger and have more vivid colors and, what I felt, were more interesting. After visiting these, you should time on your own to visit others (can be Tut's), some of which are quite outstanding. And, if you have additional time while staying in Luxor (a morning or afternoon), can on your own, return to the VofK to visit other tombs.

Be aware that photos are NOT allowed to be taken in any of the tombs.

Of course it's up to you, but having been, I certainly wouldn't schedule my visit to Egypt based on a 5-10/min visit to Tut's tomb.
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Oct 7th, 2009, 12:38 PM
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I completely agree.
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Oct 7th, 2009, 02:49 PM
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I agree that King Tuts tomb can be missed- The book "The Treasures of Luxor and the Valley of the Kings" recommends choose from the tombs of kings (they are closed on a rotating basis) Horehmeb (just reopened I believe), Thutmose III, Thutmose IV, Ramses III and Ramses VI. In Valley of the Nobles Ramose, Rekmire, Roy, Sennedjem and Sennefer. We will be visiting in late November and I definitely plan to return during tour open time as we are scheduled for only 3 hours in the Valley of Kings - would appreciate any advice from revent visitors. Thanks - Tom
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Oct 7th, 2009, 03:18 PM
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Are a lot of the Egyptian Museum items on tour now with the King Tut exhibit?
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Oct 7th, 2009, 03:41 PM
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There will be a King Tut Exhibition coming to the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto from Nov 09 to April 2010.
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Oct 7th, 2009, 05:03 PM
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I visited King Tut's tomb in Dec 2007 and the only thing of interest in the tomb was King Tut's mummy which had just gone on display. However I don't know if the mummy is still displayed in the tomb. Other than that it was by far the least impressive of all the tombs I saw.

There was an extra charge to see the tomb of King Ramses the 6th. That's the one that blew my mind, it was amazing.
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Oct 7th, 2009, 05:32 PM
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As above, I agree: skip Tut's tomb. Nothng there. There are several more (tomb openings rotate on a regular basis to prevent too many people from going into them). You'll see much more Tut stuff in the Cairo Museum, and the amazing mummies from the other VoftK's there too.
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Oct 8th, 2009, 01:41 AM
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I visited King's Tut tomb in August. For me it was a must, because I have studied all the history of the king and the tombs discovery. BUT if you are not a passionate of the subject, I agree you can easily skip it . It's the smallest and least decorated tomb in the Valley. The two main interesting things is that the Pharao's boby is still there in a crystal box and that one of the original coffins is also there. All the rest of the stuff is perfectly exhibited at cairo museum. And it costs and extra 100 egiptian pounds. If you are not a Tut's fan as me, I recommend better the extra visit to Ramses VI tomb. It costs less and in that case it really deserves for anyone.
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Oct 8th, 2009, 01:18 PM
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There might be nothing much to see in the tomb, I have seen pictures, but I want to go inside and imagine the feelings that carter had... and I want to be in the same place where workers were building the tomb thousands of years ago. It is just not what I will see... it is what I will feel.
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Oct 8th, 2009, 01:54 PM
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Sure, that's understandable, but you'll get much more of the feeling in other tombs. Tut was quite insignificant historically.
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Oct 8th, 2009, 03:23 PM
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This is a little off the subject but here's the reason (as per our guide) that Tut's tomb is so unimpressive.

Most pharoahs had a lifetime to prepare their tombs. For example, if you see the tomb of King Ramses VI it will knock your socks off. But that's because he lived to a ripe old age and had many years to get it ready and to get it right. However King Tut died very unexpectedly around the age of 18 so his tomb was a rushed job. I don't know if this is entirely true but it makes sense to me.

If nothing else I must confess I got a huge kick out of seeing Tut's mummy. Does anyone know if the mummy is still displayed in the tomb?
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Oct 13th, 2009, 08:51 PM
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im not sure either but I will ask a friend who is going this week to find out for me and try and get back to you quick

Also Adonius, I know it was a mis spelling and you meant his body, but it made me chuckle when you said one of the interesting things is the pharaoh's boby in a casket. The word Boby is slang in Scotland for his ..... lol so I hope you got to see the rest of the body!!

Sorry, just thought id share a smile

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Oh geez Scotsgirl......your post just caused me to spew Diet Coke!!!! Too funny!!!!!
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Oct 14th, 2009, 02:40 PM
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Oh great, now I'm having visions of King Tut's boby. It's not pretty, and there's not much left.
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P_M - you needed something to make you since your snot ball removal!!!!!
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So true, G.
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"boby"... will have to remember that one

Though not Tut's which is too far gone gone gone!
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Oct 15th, 2009, 05:54 PM
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I couldn't see any mummy bobys in the Cairo Museum because the bodies were all wrapped in linen. But now I'm wondering if the naughty parts are as well-preserved as the rest! (Scotsgirl, in some quarters of the U.S. the slang is "Johnson." But of course there are many many others.)

BTW, the traveling Tut show is currently in San Francisco.
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