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