Think of Nashville and you think country music, sequins, and Southern culture, but downtown Tennessee State Museum is featuring amazing golden treasures from one of ancient Egypt’s biggest stars, King Tut.
If you’re looking for an educational (and free) family outing in Nashville, the Egyptian Relics Replicas & Revivals: Treasures From Tutankhamun exhibit is on display through September 4. The Tennessee State Museum is centrally located on Deaderick Street in downtown Nashville so it’s a great way to explore the more cultural heart of downtown before heading down to the more touristy and country music infused 2nd Avenue.
We recently spent a chilly spring Saturday afternoontouring this amazing exhibit featuring incredible replicas of artifacts such as the Golden Throne and Ceremonial Footrest found in the Antechamber outside King Tut’s tomb. The exhibit also includes replicas of the tomb’s royal chariot, golden shrines, beds, thrones, jewelry, mummy case, and the royal mummy. My kids are fascinated with mummies and Egyptian culture so this was a great introductory look at this fascinating time in ancient history.
Typically the downtown Tennessee State Museum features exhibits focusing on state history, but this is a great lesson in Egyptian culture and history that the entire family can enjoy.
Admission at Tennessee State Museum is free. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m.
Egyptian Relics Replicas & Revivals: Treasures From Tutankhamun is presented by Bridgestone Americans, Inc., The Gaylord Entertainment Foundation, and Neal & Harwell, this amazing exhibit is brought to Nashville in collaboration with the Institute of Egyptian Art & Archeology at The University of Memphis and with the Frank H. McClung Museum at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.