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King Tut exhibit opens at California Science Center

EXPOSITION PARK — An exhibition of more than 150 artifacts from Egypt’s King Tut will kick off its 10-city international tour March 24 at the California Science Center.

“KING TUT: Treasure of the Golden Pharaoh” celebrates the 100-year anniversary of the discovery of his tomb with the biggest collection of artifacts and gold on public display outside of Egypt.

On display will be Tut’s golden jewelry, elaborate carvings, sculptures and ritual antiquities that he used during his life and in his death. Guests will learn how each artifact was used to help Tut’s journey through the afterlife.

“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,” said California Science Center President Jeff Rudolph in a museum press release.

Almost half of the exhibit’s relics will be leaving Egypt for the first and last time before returning to the new Grand Egyptian Museum, according to the release.

Visitors to the California Science Center March 21 get a sneak preview of the King Tut exhibit that opens March 24. The exhibit celebrates the 100th anniversary of the discovery of King Tut’s tomb. (Photo by Kristina Dixon)

Nine experiential galleries with several three-dimensional visuals, digital content, 360-degree theatrical demonstrations and custom landscapes will be featured as part of an audio-guided tour.

The artifacts will be on display at the Science Center until January 2019 before the exhibit continues its tour in Europe.