Thursday, April 12, 2018

King Tut, Treasures of a Golden Pharaoh World Tour Premieres at the California Science Center

LOS ANGELES—A new chapter of ancient Egyptian history was unearthed to the world with the debut of KING TUT: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh, an extraordinary and exclusive exhibition celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the discovery of his tomb.

Presented by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities, IMG and the California Science Center, the new immersive exhibition displays more than 150 real artifacts from Tutankhamun’s (also known as King Tut) tomb. The ten-city international exhibition tour opened to the public in Los Angeles on March 24, 2018, at the California Science Center and will be on view through early January 2019.

“To celebrate the 100th year anniversary of discovering the tomb of the Boy King Tutankhamun, as a part of the celebration, 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.

The exhibition’s curated collection represents the largest assembly of artifacts and gold from Tutankhamun’s tomb ever on public display outside of Egypt, which has historically been limited to approximately 50 items. On display are many items the Boy King himself used in life and in death, including golden jewelry, elaborate carvings, sculptures, and ritual antiquities. Forty percent of these artifacts have left Egypt for the first and last time before returning for permanent display at the new Grand Egyptian Museum currently under construction.

“Los Angeles is home to treasures from throughout the world — and this exhibition will be [a] powerful addition that gives visitors a fascinating glimpse into history,” said Mayor Garcetti, who attended the preview on March 21, 2018.

The exhibition features nine distinct experiential galleries and an array of 3D visuals, digital content, 360-degree theatrical manifestations, custom soundscapes and more in an engaging, audio-guided tour in English or Spanish.

“It’s not just an amazing beauty collection of artifacts, but it also tells a story. A story of his life and also a long journey on how modern science has played a role in the preservation of King Tut’s lineage,” said Jeff Rudolph, President, and CEO of California Science Center.