King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh on exhibit at California Science Center

- A California Science Center exhibit billed as the largest travelingcollection outside Egypt of artifacts from the tomb of Tutankhamun -- better known as King Tut- is now open in Southern California.

The exhibition titled ``King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh,'' opened this month at the sciencecenter which begins a 10-city tour to mark the approaching 100th anniversary of the tomb's discovery.

The exhibit includes more than 150 artifacts, far more expansive than past displays, which have generally been limited to about 50 items.

Organizers said the exhibit features items used and owned by the so-called "Boy King,'' such as golden jewelry, carvings, sculptures and ritual antiquities.

About 40 percent of the artifacts will be leaving Egypt for the first -- and last -- time, with the items eventually returning to Egypt to be permanently displayed at the under-construction Grand Egyptian Museum.

Tickets for the exhibit are available online or over the phone and the exhibit will remain open through January 2019, when it will move to Europe.

"Its ornate artifacts and multimedia displays will stimulate interest in the many sciences related to archaeology,'' said Jeff Rudolph, president of the California Science Center. ``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 archeological tools are assisting in discovering tombs and analyzing existing ones in ways never before imagined.''

King Tut's tomb was first discovered by British archaeologist and Egyptologist Howard Carter in 1922.

Information on tickets -- ranging in price from $19.20 to $29.95 -- is available at www.californiasciencecenter.org or www.kingtutexhibition.com.

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