A new exhibition of Egyptian art
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King Tut is coming to COSI
COSI April 2023
King Tut’s most notable accomplishment as king was rejecting his father’s radical religious reform, which ultimately destabilized the country. | Photo by Theodor Oskar Krath
Yes, you read that right — the legendary Egyptian king is coming to town.

On Saturday, March 18 (aka tomorrow), COSI will unveil its newest exhibition, “TUTANKHAMUN: His Tomb and His Treasures,” which offers a once-in-a-lifetime journey into the art and archaeology of ancient Egypt.

We’ll get into all the deets of the exhibition, but first, let’s brush up on some (literally) ancient history.

King Tut’s story

Tutankhamun was born over 3,000 years ago in 1341 BC, and was the antepenultimate (or third to last) king in Egypt’s 18th Dynasty. He ascended to the throne at the age of nine, and ruled until his death nine years later at the age of 18. Historians still aren’t sure why he died.

Fast forward to 1922. British archaeologist Howard Carter discovered a four-chamber tomb containing the mummified body of King Tut and over 5,000 artifacts (think: chests, sculptures, jewels, food + more). When most of us think of Egyptian pharaohs, we picture King Tut’s gold burial mask.

COSI April 2023

Because the tomb was so hidden and obscured by debris, it’s one of the only ancient burial sites that was not robbed, which makes its artifacts incredibly valuable to humankind.


Photo by Rainer Christian Kurzeder

The philosophy guiding the exhibition

When curators set out to create this exhibition, they wanted to allow visitors to experience the discovery for themselves. But they quickly ran into a problem: What do you do when precious artifacts can’t (and shouldn’t) be shown in person?

The solution: Get creative. “TUTANKHAMUN” uses thousands of expertly crafted replicas to recreate the experience of stepping into the tomb, exactly how it was on the day it was discovered. Through the use of these replicas (all of which were made in Egypt), the exhibition accomplishes what no others can: It is the most accurate, comprehensive experience of the tomb in the world, and also brings together pieces that can only be seen separately elsewhere, or not able to be seen at all.

See it for yourself

The exhibition opens at COSI tomorrow and will be on view through Sept. 4 during regular museum hours. Tickets for Saturday are already sold out (that’s how you know it’s good), but Sunday tickets are still available for $15 plus general admission. See you there, Columbus.*

This content was created in partnership with COSI.*
How many tombs have been discovered in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt?

A. 12
B. 37
C. 63
D. 102

See the answer in the Wrap.

Friday, March 17
  • Northern Night Lights | Friday, March 17 | 7:30-9:30 p.m. | Pinot’s Palette, 691 N. High St., Ste. 101, Short North | $39 | Paint a masterpiece of northern lights with instructions and supplies provided.
  • 2023 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament - 1st Round | Friday, March 17 | Times vary | Nationwide Arena, 200 W. Nationwide Blvd., Arena District | $54-$108 | Watch your March Madness bracket play out in front of your eyes.
Saturday, March 18
  • Lucky’s St. Patrick’s Day Crawl | Saturday, March 18 | 4-10 p.m. | Bernard’s Tavern, 630 N. High St., Short North | $9 | Wear your best green attire and enjoy exclusive drink specials at bars across the city.
  • Meditation Ocean Constellation | Saturday, March 18 | 11 a.m. | Wexner Center for the Arts, 1871 N. High St., Campus | Free | Browse the exhibit by Hope Ginsburg that creates an immersive ocean environment.
Sunday, March 19
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News Notes

  • 50º | Showers | 80% chance of rain
  • The City of Hilliard is breaking ground on its Recreation and Wellness Campus on Friday, April 14, and the public is invited. The ceremony starts at 10 a.m. at the Hilliard Soccer Complex, which will be the site of the new wellness campus.
  • The financial services company Discover held its groundbreaking ceremony in Whitehall on a new $16 million customer care center. Completion is expected by 2024 and would increase job opportunities for Whitehall residents. (The Columbus Dispatch)
Coming Soon
  • The Bojangles location planned for 831 Hilliard Rome Rd. announced its anticipated opening is tentatively on Tuesday, May 23. Guests will be able to find fried chicken, boneless chicken, and chicken sandwiches with sides like mac and cheese, green beans, and coleslaw. (614now)
  • Columbus City Council announced they’re putting a 12-step plan in place to create more affordable housing in the city. There is no legislation yet, but in the coming months, residents will be able to provide their own feedback on affordable housing through roundtable discussions. (Columbus Business First)
  • ODOT will work to improve Ohio roads in the 2023 construction season, with a $2.5 billion spend planned for 1,000+ projects. Of the planned projects, 128 will be in central Ohio, with focus on areas like pavement, bridges, and general road safety.
  • Columbus was ranked the No. 19 most active metro for housing developments by Apartment List. In 2022, there were 12,000+ new house builds permitted for construction in Columbus.
Today Is
  • St. Patrick’s Day. Observed to honor the death of St. Patrick, the annual holiday is celebrated globally and often features Irish dishes, parades, and dancing. Join in locally at local Irish bars like Fadó Irish Pub and Flannagan’s Dublin.
  • We asked our Instagram followers where Barstool Sports president Dave Portnoy should go for a pizza review when he visits Columbus this weekend. Did they miss any spots? Be sure to comment on the post or send us an email to let us know.
  • A cash back card so good, even the experts had to have it. (Hint: Features include up to 5% cash back, a big sign-up bonus, and no annual fee.) See what it is.*
  • $241. That’s the real price of a roundtrip ticket from Boston to Barcelona sold this year via Going — a travel membership that alerts you when flight prices drop. Sign up for a free membership or try an Elite membership for free if you’re interested in business and first class tickets, too.
Who wants this $3 million mansion?
The home is located at 333 Parkview Ave. | Photo by Stacie Mosley
The CBUS housing market just got even hotter with a Bexley home built in 1920 now on the market for $3 million. The mansion, which has a Spanish and Mediterranean-inspired style, is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places, which features historic places worth preservation. It also boasts some seriously impressive amenities, including:
  • Downtown skyline views
  • 12,861 sqft of space on 1.61 acres of land
  • Eight bedrooms + seven and a half bathrooms
  • A basketball court
  • A library
  • A courtyard
Originally designed over a century ago by Miller & Reeves, the home is being sold by Sandy Raines of The Raines Group Inc.
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TGIF, Columbus. There’s plenty to do this weekend, from celebrating St. Patrick’s Day to checking out some March Madness fun. Whatever you decide to do, have a great time + give us a tag — @thecbustoday — on Instagram.
Quiz Answer:     To date, archaeologists have uncovered 63 tombs in the Valley of the Kings.
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