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Take a Piece of Tut Home


by Stephen Becker 6 Oct 2008

Part of any major museum exhibition is the array of collectibles tied to it in the gift shop. You can bet that the Kimbell is selling plenty of pretty Manet posters and Van Gogh mouse pads tied to “The Impressionists: Master Paintings from the Art Institute of Chicago.” So it should come as no surprise […]

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Part of any major museum exhibition is the array of collectibles tied to it in the gift shop. You can bet that the Kimbell is selling plenty of pretty Manet posters and Van Gogh mouse pads tied to “The Impressionists: Master Paintings from the Art Institute of Chicago.”

So it should come as no surprise that King Tut — the person whose own collection of stuff has generated “Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs” at the Dallas Museum of Art — comes with plenty of trinkets for sale. The museum gift shop offers the usual array of calendars and coffee mugs, but whoever is in charge of merchandising the Boy King didn’t stop at just the traditional items.

My favorite so far is the $100 hookah for sale on the left just as you enter the shop from the end of the exhibit. Not sure how many of those will sell, but at least it is out of the ordinary.

The exhibit also has an online store if you want so grab that Tut T-shirt to wear ahead of your visit.

If any of you took in the show during opening weekend, drop us a comment on this post and let us know what you thought. And if you bought something on the way out, by all means, tell us about that, too.

Photo: The Official Store of the King Tut Exhibition

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  • Yes, the hookah is a must-have favorite. They should have little in-store demonstrations on how to use it. But I was personally struck by the official King Tut shot glasses (doing tequilia with the Tutster) and the King Tut Christmas ornaments. When it comes to the Nativity, boy kings are interchangeable, it seems.

    But you know that if they have Christmas ornaments, they’re going to swap them out for some other seasonal trinkets as the dates come along. King Tut looking like a cherub on Valentine’s Day cards, Easter eggs wrapped up in sarcophagi, better yet, chocolate bunnies.

    And, of course, mummies for Mother’s Day.