Mummy's tombs at the Met; Photo: NY Times

Gothamist's thoughts on the mummy's tombs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art being exhibited without protective glass? Smelly! Even after thousands of years, we imagine the mummy stink still on the walls.

No, really, it should be amazing. The Egyptian rooms at the Met are spectacular and worth a visit, and being able to see the gorgeous depictions of "rituals of libation and sustenance in the afterlife." Times reporter Glenn Collins notes in his article the Catcher in the Rye connection:

The old presentation of the Raemkai tomb, and even the glass panels, were described by Mr. Salinger in "The Catcher in the Rye": "You had to go down this very narrow sort of hall with stones on the side that they'd taken right out of this Pharaoh's tomb and all,'' he wrote in the voice of his 16-year-old protagonist, Holden Caulfield, adding, "It was pretty spooky.''

In the novel, a boy asks Holden for directions to the mummies "in them toons and all,'' and Holden says: "Toons. That killed me. He meant tombs.'' Holden finds himself alone in the tomb of Perneb. "It was so nice and peaceful,'' he says, but then he notices an obscenity written "right under the glass part of the wall, under the stones.''

And, no, you may not touch the carvings: You'll be escorted in the rooms in groups of give, under a guard's supervision.