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April 20, 2007

Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of Pharaohs

      Join fellow alums as the Franklin Institute hosts this magnificent exhibit! The Club has reserved a limited number of tickets for this grand event.

In 1332 B.C., at the tender age of 8 or 9, a child became the pharaoh of Egypt. He was part of the 18th Dynasty, a family that ruled Egypt in its glory, yet he faced immediate challenges. His father, Akhenaten, had abolished the worship of multiple deities and embraced one god. Akhenaten and his most famous wife, Nefertiti, also had abandoned Egypt’s capital to build Amarna. The boy king, most likely led by advisors, returned Egypt to its old ways. But within 10 years, he was dead and buried in a small tomb. Time passed; the boy was forgotten. 3000 years later, in November 1922, Howard Carter discovered the long-cloistered king’s tomb, filled with treasures beyond his imagination. Suddenly, the world learns the name that has since become intrinsically linked with Egypt’s opulence: Tutankhamun.

This magnificent exhibit highlights life in royal Egypt during the time of both Tut and his relatives; it provides mystical insight into Ancient Egypt’s fascination with death; and it offers a rare opportunity to view some of the spectacular items found in Tutankhamun’s tomb.

Don’t miss this opportunity to join fellow alums and tour this exciting exhibit.

Date: Friday, April 20, 2007

Time: 6:00 PM - IMAX Film on "Mysteries of Ancient Egypt"
         7:30 - King Tut Exhibit with audio tour

Location: The Franklin Institute Science Museum
         222 North 20th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
         Phone: 215-448-1200
         Franklin Institute Web site
         Directions and Parking Information

Cost: $36 for Dues-paying Club Members and their guests
        $46 for Non-members

Reservations: via MIT Infinite Connection:

For Questions: Lucie Wilkens, 610-444-3242
   e-mail: L.S.Wilkens@alum.mit.edu

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