Tutankhamun, King Tut, is perhaps one of Egypt’s most famous and mysterious pharaohs. He lived over 3,300 years ago and died very young, around the age of 18 or 19, during one of Egypt’s most difficult periods. Even the circumstances of his death are uncertain.
His tomb was discovered in 1922 by Howard Carter in the Valley of the Kings, and has since been considered the most famous archaeology discovery. The sensational discovery attracted a large amount of press including the rumors of a curse, “The Pharaohs Curse” was rumored to befall anyone who disturbed the young kings tomb. Many of those who were involved in the discovery soon died after under mysterious circumstances.
The San Diego Natural History Museum (theNAT) is featuring The Discovery of King Tut from now until April 26, 2015. The exhibit, which is created by Premier Exhibitions in a partnership with Semmel Concerts GmbH., has been touring the world and more then five million people have experienced the exhibit first hand.
Now visitors can explore the discovery of King Tut exactly how Carter found the tomb in 1922. While the original artifacts discovered in the tomb are fragile and no longer permitted to travel outside of Egypt, the exhibit features scientifically produced replicas that have been handcrafted by Egyptian artists.
Egyptians have a strong belief in the afterlife and the artifacts they created reflect the idea of overcoming mortality and conquering death.
The stunning exhibit features a large, open gilded outer shrine that held King Tut’s treasures. Visitors can see the recreated famous golden mask that covered the face of King Tut’s mummy. Also are recreations of his throne and chariot as well as more then 1,000 artifacts and treasures discovered by Carter in King Tut’s tomb.
The Discovery of King Tut provides a look at King Tut as well as a glimpse into Egyptian culture. Tickets can be purchased at theNAT, but due to the popularity of the exhibit it is recommended to purchase tickets ahead of time online. theNAT is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and is closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Admission to The Discovery of King Tut is $27 for adults, $24 for seniors ages 62+, $21 for students and military with ID, $17 for youth tickets ages 7 to 17, children ages 3 to 6 are $11 and children 2 and under are free. With admission visitors receive audio guides, admission to the 2D and 3D films including Mummies 3D: Secrets of the Pharaohs, and admission to the rest of the museum.