Ever since I can remember I have been fascinated by Cleopatra, King Tut and mummies. So naturally, I was dying to see the King Tut exhibit currently showing at the California Science Center in Los Angeles. As luck would have it, I was invited by Julesai to hang out in LA while she attended a conference so I had no excuse to miss it.
On display are over 150 artifacts from the boy king’s tomb, the largest collection ever exhibited internationally. The exhibit is laid out as if you are accompanying Tut as he travels through the underworld. Every room represents a different level of his path towards immortality. All is very dark with the exception of his golden treasures emitting an eerie glow like magical orbs lighting your way. The dimness gives the feel of being shut in a tomb alongside Tut and his treasures and adds to the feeling that you are walking with the dead.
I was overwhelmed by how much there is to take in. Gold is everywhere you turn as it was used not only used for jewelry and amulets, but also funerary, statues and furniture, like the bed below.
So many items were unbelievably extravagant, like these earrings which look like they each weigh a couple of pounds. Can you imagine wearing them?
The highlight was this case showing the items that adorned Tut’s mummy underneath many layers of sarcophagi. There were even gold sandals for his feet and gold caps for each of his fingers.
This is supposedly the last world tour of Tut’s treasures before they are permanently installed at the new Grand Egyptian Museum now under construction in Cairo. If you are interested, you’d better boogey and get your tickets now before the exhibit closes on January 6, 2019.. However, Los Angeles is the first stop of seven so I suppose you can chase it down while it travels the world.
I suggest allocating an entire day for your visit. When I went looking for GC6WY79 (Never Promised You a Rose Garden) I not only discovered a rose garden out back (duh!) but there was also a natural history museum next door. I love dinosaurs almost as much as I love mummies so if I had it to do over again, I definitely would have headed to Exposition Park earlier.