Golden mummy cases are among the treasures in this "The Discovery of King Tut" exhibit — Photo courtesy of theNAT
One of the most talked about exhibits to hit Balboa Park is about to open at the San Diego Natural History Museum (otherwise known as theNAT). The Discovery of King Tut is a painstakingly accurate recreation of the young king's tomb and treasures, set to appear in San Diego for the next several months.
Before your eyes roll at the thought of a recreation, remember this: King Tut's original tomb in Eqypt's Valley of the Kings has been emptied. Most of the original treasures are so fragile that they are not permitted to travel and must remain behind glass in Cairo's Egyptian National Museum.
This exhibit is the only way to experience what his tomb was like when it was in tact. It also artfully relays the story of its discovery by Howard Carter in 1922.
King Tut's golden mask — Photo courtesy of theNat
The over 1000 scientifically produced replicas were handcrafted by Egyptian artisans using traditional techniques. It took five years to bring the concept to life. The replicas give visitors a chance to walk into the tomb, experience what it was like and walk away with a better understanding of ancient Egyptian culture and belief in the afterlife.
"We are thrilled to bring this exhibition to San Diego for locals and visitors to enjoy," says Dr. Michael ("Mick") Hager, president and CEO of theNAT. "Fresh off its European tour, The Discovery of King Tut is a unique and incredibly visually stimulating presentation of King Tut's tomb as it was discovered in the 1920s. I'm confident that each visitor to the tomb will walk away amazed at what they've seen and learned about the iconic boy king."
Replica of King Tut's open shrine — Photo courtesy of theNAT
Complimenting the King Tut exhibit, Mummies 3D: Secrets of the Pharaohs will play in the museum's theater. Narrated by Christopher Lee, this 20-minute 3D film takes viewers on a journey to the royal tombs of Egypt to learn the history of ancient Egyptian society as told through the mummies of the past.
Tickets to The Discovery of King Tut are now on sale, and there is some good news for parents. In celebration of the San Diego Museum Council's Kids Free October promotion, theNAT and Premier Exhibitions, Inc. (the company behind the traveling exhibit) are offering the first 500 kids' tickets (ages three through 12) free when purchased with an adult ticket in advance, while supplies last.
Tickets must be purchased in addition to regular admission; they are available online. Balboa Park Explorer card holders can purchase discounted exhibit tickets at the museum on the day they visit.
The Discovery of King Tut will be on display from Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, through Sunday, April 26, 2015. San Diego is the exhibit's debut on the West Coast. San Diego's Natural History Museum suggests planning about 90 minutes to fully explore what is likely the greatest archeological discovery of the 20th century.