Wednesday, June 25, 2008

King Tut "authentic reproductions" go to Las Vegas museum

Las Vegas Sun

The Las Vegas Natural History Museum, a private, non-profit institution dedicated to educating children and families in the natural sciences, today announced that it is receiving a donation of "authentic reproductions" from the Tomb and Museum of King Tutankhamen at Luxor. The King Tut Museum at Luxor Las Vegas, that is.

The gift, valued at $3 million, was made possible by MGM Mirage and Luxor President and COO Felix Rappaport, and includes the guardian statues, King Tut's sarcophagus and an array of statues, vases, beds, baskets and pottery. The 17-year-old Natural History Museum will store the items until an expansion is completed to permanently display the exhibit.

"This is the largest gift we've ever received and we're incredibly honored to be given these treasures, which were precisely recreated and reproduced by artisans using the same tools and original 3,300-year-old methods," said Marilyn Gillespie, executive director of the LVNHM in a press announcement today.

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