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There’s only a few weeks left to see King Tut’s treasures at Pacific Science Center before they return permanently to Egypt when the exhibit closes Jan. 6. More than 600,000 visitors have seen “Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharoahs” since it arrived May 24. Now, it will be open additional hours starting Dec. 26 to accommodate the crowds expected for the last chance to see 100 objects from King Tut’s tomb and artifacts representing 2,000 years of ancient Egypt.

King Tut was a minor figure in history, ruling for nine years in 1,333 BC until his death at the age of 19. But since the 1922 discovery of his tomb, the most complete ancient Egyptian royal burial ever found, he’s become the most famous pharaoh in popular culture. With twice as many artifacts as the hugely popular exhibit that visited Seattle in 1972, the current exhibit includes a 10-foot high statue that’s the largest discovered Tut artifact.

The first half of the show displays sculptures and other artifacts dating up to Tutankhmun’s reign, culminating in colossal statues of Tut and his father, the pharaoh Akhenaten, famous for his monotheistic beliefs and style of art, radical for the time, that lasted only until Tutankhamun restored the old traditions during his brief reign.

The items from King Tut’s tomb are the stars of the exhibit, including dazzling masks and beguiling, lively shabti statuettes of people to serve him in the afterlife. There’s something to intrigue any visitor: amazingly preserved ornate jewelry, beautiful ceremonial items and Tut’s bed and sandals for homey comfort through eternity. The exhibit is roomy and well laid out; many displays are accessible from all sides for easy access to visitors.

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Extended hours continue through Jan. 6. Entry is timed to control crowding and advance ticket purchase is recommended; a few upcoming dates are nearly sold out. Audio guides are available and Pacific Science Center’s IMAX Theater is showing “Mummies: Secrets of the Pharoahs” in conjunction with the exhibit.

The details

Time: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Monday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 26-Jan. 6, until 10:30 p.m. Dec. 28-29 and Jan. 4-6, exhibit open 90 minutes past last entry time.

Location: Pacific Science Center, 200 Second Ave. N., Seattle.

Cost: Adults, $27.50-$32.50; ages 6-15, $16.50-$21.50; ages 3-5, $15.50-$20.50; ages 65 and older and students with ID, $24.50-$29.50. Lower price ranges are for Mondays-Thursdays, higher prices Fridays-Sundays and holidays. IMAX film additional $4; optional audio guide, $6.

More information: 800-664-8775 or www.pacificsciencecenter.org.

Madeline McKenzie: 206-464-8245 or mmckenzie@seattletimes.com