Experience "King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh" at California Science Center

World premiere exhibition celebrates the 100th anniversary of the discovery of the Boy King's tomb

Wooden Guardian Statue of the King from "KING TUT: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh" at CA Science Center | ©Laboratoriorosso, Viterbo/Italy
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A new chapter of ancient Egyptian history will be unearthed with the world premiere of KING TUT: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh, on view at the California Science Center beginning March 24, 2018. Presented by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities, Exhibitions International, IMG and the California Science Center, the new immersive exhibition will display more than 150 artifacts from the tomb of Tutankhamun (aka King Tut). The extraordinary exhibition celebrates the 100-year anniversary of the discovery of his tomb. The ten-city international exhibition tour will debut at the California Science Center and will be on view through early January 2019.

KING TUT: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh represents the largest assembly of artifacts and gold from Tutankhamun's tomb ever on public display outside of Egypt - exhibits have historically been limited to about 50 items. Many items on display were used by the Boy King himself in life and in death, including golden jewelry, elaborate carvings, sculptures, and ritual antiquities. Forty percent of these artifacts will be leaving Egypt for the first and last time before returning for permanent display at the new Grand Egyptian Museum, which is currently under construction. Set to open in May 2018, the Grand Egyptian Museum – supported by proceeds from this exhibition – will be situated adjacent to the Giza Plateau within 1.5 miles of the Giza pyramids.

"To celebrate the 100th anniversary of discovering the tomb of the Boy King Tutankhamun, Egypt is sending 150 masterpieces to tour all over the world. Please see them, visit them, before they return back to Egypt forever," said Dr. Mostafa Waziry, Secretary General of the Ministry of State for Antiquities, Egypt.

California Science Center President, Jeff Rudolph says, "We are pleased to host the world premiere of KING TUT: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh. Its ornate artifacts and multimedia displays will stimulate interest in the many sciences related to archaeology. Guests will also learn how the scientific analysis of his 3,000 year-old mummy revealed new information about his health and lineage, as well as how cutting-edge archaeological tools are assisting in discovering tombs and analyzing existing ones in ways never before imagined."

Gilded wooden shrine from "KING TUT: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh" at CA Science Center
Gilded wooden shrine (detail) from "KING TUT: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh" at CA Science Center | ©Laboratoriorosso, Viterbo/Italy

Visitors can follow King Tut as he journeys from death through the underworld to find his place in the afterlife, learning how each burial artifact was used to assist him in his life-after-death journey. Guests will also discover how their presence in the exhibition perpetuates King Tut's immortality. According to the ancient Egyptians, a man dies twice: first, when his soul leaves his body and a second time after the death of the last person who speaks his name. King Tut's intact tomb was first discovered by British archaeologist and Egyptologist Howard Carter in 1922. If not for the destiny of King Tut and Howard Carter - two men separated by 3,400 years - the 18th Dynasty Pharaoh might have been lost for eternity.

Tutankhamun's Wishing Cup in the Form of an Open Lotus from "KING TUT: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh" at CA Science Center
Tutankhamun's Wishing Cup in the Form of an Open Lotus from "KING TUT: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh" at CA Science Center | ©Laboratoriorosso, Viterbo/Italy

"Some stories are everlasting, and that is the case with the legend of King Tut," said President of Exhibitions International John Norman, who also produced both Tutankhamun exhibitions that toured during the past decade. "For this new exhibition, we have curated an extraordinary collection of treasures from King Tut's tomb and given this historical discovery a timely new dimension. Visitors will be truly immersed in a modern presentation like no other."

Gilded Wooden Bed from "KING TUT: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh" at CA Science Center
Gilded Wooden Bed from "KING TUT: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh" at CA Science Center | ©Laboratoriorosso, Viterbo/Italy

The exhibition will feature nine galleries and an array of 3D visuals, digital content, 360-degree theatrical experiences, custom soundscapes and more. Unlike past tours, KING TUT: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh is exclusively focused on interpreting the significance and meaning of artifacts from Tutankhamun's personal tomb, including:

  • Wooden Guardian Statue of the King – The dramatic, life-size ka statue of Tutankhamun marks his passage from the dark night of the Netherworld to his rebirth at dawn.
  • Gilded Wooden Bed – The ceremonial bed was likely made for Tutankhamun's funeral. The lion feet guard him and the bed represents the idea of resurrection. Other protective images and carvings keep Tutankhamun safe, warding off the dark forces bent on harming him.
  • Gilded Wooden Shrine with Scenes of Tutankhamun and Ankhesenamun – One of the most exquisite items in Tutankhamun's tomb, this golden shrine offers a rare glimpse into the daily life of a royal household with intimate scenes of the Pharaoh and his wife, Ankhesenamun.
  • Gold Inlaid Canopic Coffinette of Tutankhamun – This exquisite, jeweled coffinette held the King's mummified liver. The image of the protective god Isis decorates the inside of each lid.

General Admission tickets are now on sale. Admission is $29.95 for adults and $19.50 for children ages 4-12. Discounts are available for members, students, seniors and groups. Groups of 15 or more may inquire about group reservations by calling 213-744-2019.

For more information, visit www.californiasciencecenter.org or www.kingtutexhibition.com.

"MYSTERIES OF EGYPT"

Enhance your King Tut experience with a viewing of Mysteries of Egypt on the seven-story IMAX screen! Soar over the great pyramids of Giza, rush over the Nile, cross the deathly quiet Valley of the Kings, and descend into the shadowy chambers of the sacred tomb of King Tutankhamun. Mysteries of Egypt stars native Egyptian and legendary actor Omar Sharif.