The artistic wonders of ancient Egypt come to Denver.
Death becomes him
All that glitters is not Tut in the bountiful exhibit Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs.This solid gold funerary mask—with its rearing cobra and plaited beard—covered the mummy of King Psusennes I, who ruled in Egypt between 1045 and 994 b.c. It is one of 130 objects from 2,000 years of Egyptian royalty on display at the Denver Art Museum through January 9, 2011. (720) 865-5000, tutdenver.org.
Newport? It's hopping.
Tiger-legged monkey frogs spend their lives climbing trees and bushes above pools in the Amazon basin. Several now live in Swampland at the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport, which highlights the value of wetland life in North and South America with exhibits that include a crawl-through piranha tank. (541) 867-3474, aquarium.org.
A museum blooms anew
With its translucent porcelain walls like the petals of some exotic flower, Curtis Benzle’s Sculptural Form stands out among 800 pieces in The Vase and Beyond. This and three other special exhibits celebrate the October 10 reopening of Sacramento’s Crocker Art Museum, after a $100 million, 125,000-square-foot expansion. (916) 808-7000, crockerartmuseum.org.