Field Trip: Seattle - King Tut Exhibit (Pacific Science Center)

King Tut's treasure was a big sell for Big Red.  I mean, the kid is turning 8 in about 2 weeks and, when offered, he was so into going to this exhibit for his birthday then he was with having a birthday party.  The King Tut exhibit is being held at Seattle's Pacific Science Center and after this tour it will be leaving North America.  I also heard that this is the first time in 35 years that this exhibit is in the US!

My intention was to purchase tickets online before we even left for Seattle but when I got a look at the $4.50/ticket "convenience fee" I was enraged!  (Any convenience fee more than $1.50 really gets under my skin).  I refused to buy it,  The fact that they would be taking $18 of my hard earned cash before we even crossed the state border pissed me off; and that is when I decided to purchase our tickets once in Seattle (I had to keep my fingers crossed real tight that they would be available.)  Luckily we rolled into town pretty early in the afternoon (after visiting The Museum of Flight) so we headed straight to the Pacific Science Center.  I bought 4 tickets, which totaled $108 for 2 adults & 2 youth tickets, and the first available viewing was 2:45pm the next day.....say what?!?  Yes we were planning on seeing it the next day but I was not expecting it to be sold out until 2:45pm!  No problem, we had planned to be at the museum nearly all day and it would work out perfectly.

These butterflies make me feel like I'm being watched!

Mothra vs Godzilla

Donx, the butterfly and Big Red, who was extremely jealous of this situation

I love those red stripes

Crash & Butterfly
The kids were so excited to be visiting the Pacific Science Center and as I previously mentioned our OMSI membership got us in for free (so did the King Tut tickets but we weren't using them until later in the day.)   We checked out the dinosaurs nearly all the galleries but I was most excited to take the kids to the butterfly habitat.  The boys have been to butterfly habitats in the past and they always have a good time but this time Crash is old enough to fully grasp all the butterflies fluttering around and on top of her!  The butterflies did not disappoint.  It was humid as hell but we spent an exceptionally long time in that hot house!  All three kids spent much of their time standing like statues in hopes that a butterfly would land on them and after a very long time Donx finally lucked out with a beautiful blue butterfly, although in the pics to follow you can't see the color since its wings were folded up.

So, let's get down to business.... Tutankhamen!  We had been wanting to visit this exhibit from the moment we heard about it stopping in Seattle.  Honestly if it wasn't Big Red's birthday we would have carved some time out to go anyway.  We were all super excited about the visit but the 2:45 slot we had scared me a little, i.e. Crash napping/not napping/meltdown time; we had no choice and just hoped for the best.  We got in line about 15 minutes early and lo and behold we were let in early!  Right out of the gate the exihibit did not disappoint.  It was so amazing and worth every penny!  And OMG the gold, all that gold!  I'll let the pics do the talking!

If you are planning on being in Seattle anytime this year or within a couple hour drive I highly recommend you visit this exhibit.  It's worth the time and the effort to get there and it will be something you will not regret doing.  Big Red is big into myths and history and he was mesmerized so if your kid is like my kid they will LOVE it!

Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs
At Pacific Science Center
May 24, 2012-January 6, 2013
Open Daily 9:45 a.m.-6 p.m.

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