King Tutankhamun

Valley Press

There is good news for individuals and families eager to see “King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh” at the California Science Center. The exhibit, which opened on March 24, was extended for one week due to popular demand.

The closing date is now Jan. 13. The Center also extended closing hours. Beginning Dec. 26 and continuing through the final day of the exhibition, the last ticket time will be 5 p.m. “King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh” will close 90 minutes after the last ticket time.

On New Year’s Eve, the last ticket time will be 3:30 p.m. and the exhibition will close at 5 p.m. The Science Center is closed on New Year’s Day.

More than half a million guests have visited the exhibition since it opened in March, making it one of the most well-attended special exhibitions in the California Science Center’s history. The final three weeks will be your last chance to see King Tut’s treasures in the United States before the exhibit moves on to its European engagement in March, at the Grande Halle de la Villette in Paris.

Presented by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities, IMG and the California Science Center, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the discovery of King Tut’s tomb, the immersive King Tut exhibition is unlike any that have toured previously.

With more than 150 real artifacts from Tutankhamen’s tomb, this is the largest King Tut collection ever to tour outside of Egypt, including 60 tomb artifacts which have never traveled outside of Egypt. Guests learn the role of the burial objects in guiding King Tut on his quest for immortality. They also learn how the cutting-edge tools and scientific analysis of King Tut’s 3,000-year-old mummy reveal new information about his health and lineage.

“In a dramatic new presentation, dazzling multimedia complements rare artifacts to take guests on an immersive journey of the Pharaoh’s quest for immortality,” the California Science Center’s website says. “Examine exquisite rings found on King Tut’s fingers, opulent jewelry that adorned his body and the gold sandals placed on his feet upon burial. Discover how the scientific analysis of King Tut’s 3,300-year-old mummy has revealed new information about his health and lineage, and how cutting-edge technologies have played a role in discovering new tombs and analyzing existing ones in ways never before imagined.”

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.

Tickets cost $29.95 for adults and $19.50 for children. There’s an exhibition/IMAX show combo ticket for $35.45 for adults and $24.25 for children.

Visit www.californiasciencecenter.org for tickets and details.

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