KING TUT: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh Exhibit, LA


Affair: KING TUT: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh Exhibit

When: Saturday, March 24, 2018 - Sunday, January 6, 2019

Hot Spot: California Science Center, Los Angeles, CA

A new chapter of ancient Egyptian history will be 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, Exhibitions International, IMG and the California Science Center, the new immersive exhibition will display more than 150 real artifacts from Tutankhamun’s (also known as King Tut) tomb. The ten-city international exhibition tour will debut in Los Angeles on March 24, 2018 and be on view through early January 2019 at the California Science Center, proudly sponsored by American Express.

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 will be 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 will be leaving Egypt for the first and last time before returning for permanent display at the new Grand Egyptian Museum currently under construction.

The exhibition will remain in Los Angeles for nearly ten months before moving to Europe. Exhibition guests 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.

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 and includes:

- 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.

The exhibition will feature 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.

Set to open in May 2018, the Grand Egyptian Museum – supported by proceeds from the exhibition – will be situated adjacent to the Giza Plateau within 1.5 miles of the Giza pyramids. Once completed it will be a world-leading scientific, historical and archaeological study center that will cover approximately 3,000 years of ancient Egyptian history and house more than 100,000 artifacts. This stunning location will serve as a backdrop to a display of priceless artifacts, including the final resting place of the Tutankhamun collection. The Giza Plateau is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. Aside from the pyramids, it is home to the Giza Necropolis and the Great Sphinx.

Hint For The Average Socialite: Tickets are available for purchase.

American Express® Card Members
Can’t find tickets to the time slot you’re looking for? American Express® Card Members can enjoy exclusive access to tickets in time slots that are sold out to others up to 48-hours in advance of visiting the King Tut Exhibition. Subject to availability. Purchase using your American Express® Card at the California Science Center Box Office or call 213-744-2019. Card Members also receive a 10% discount in the King Tut Exhibition Gift Shop (available at the California Science Center only). Terms apply

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