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July 30, 2018

In the Presence of Ancient History at the King Tut Exhbition

Just about everyone has heard of King Tut, the famous “boy king” of ancient Egypt, but not everyone has had the opportunity to witness firsthand the fabulous gold leafed antiquities that were buried with him in his tomb over 3,000 years ago.  For fifty DayTripper Tour passengers, that opportunity came true on a recent July afternoon in Los Angeles. The exhibition we went to see was called “King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh.”  It opened in March 2018 at the California Science Center adjacent to the USC campus.  Following its 10-month world debut here, the exhibition will travel to Europe. In total, it will visit 10 cities over the next seven years. We are so lucky to be able to easily drive just a couple hours north of San Diego to be able to see it for ourselves!

Tino was behind the wheel and we made good time with the lighter Saturday traffic. Viewing the IMAX film, “Mysteries of Egypt” on the 7-story high screen was the perfect introduction.  We soared over the great pyramids of Giza, rushed over the Nile, and descended into the shadowy chambers of the sacred tomb of King Tutankhamun. After lunch on our own in the dining area of the Center, we gathered for our timed entry into the exhibit, audio tour sticks in hand. The Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities is the organization we have to thank for presenting this celebration of the 100 year anniversary of the discovery of King Tut’s tomb. It includes more than 150 artifacts and is the largest collection ever displayed outside Egypt.  The artifacts date back over 3,000 years and include a life sized statue of Tutankhamun, a ceremonial bed for his funeral, 3-D visuals and a golden shrine that depicts a scene between the king and his wife. The low light and ethereal music added an almost reverent atmosphere as we walked amongst the crowds. People of all ages were gazing in awe, including young children.

The top floor galleries immersed us in the story of King Tut’s journey through the underworld to the afterlife. We learned the role of the exquisite burial objects in the pharaoh’s quest for immortality. The final chapter on the first floor presented the story of Howard Carter’s sensational discovery in 1922 and what subsequent scientific analysis has revealed about King Tut’s life. The Egyptian government has said that this will be the last time the King Tut treasures will tour the world. Our tickets also included entry to see the space shuttle Endeavor. It was amazing to walk under this fifth and final shuttle that was ever built. We all remembered the story of when it was delivered to Los Angeles International Airport in 2012, then slowly and carefully transported 12 miles through the streets of LA over three days, taking longer than expected to make it to the California Science Center. Now, here we were, standing underneath this amazing shuttle that spent a total of over 296 days in space! The latest addition was outside, where a gigantic orange external fuel tank like those that powered the shuttle beyond the Earth’s atmosphere was on display. From the distant past of Egypt to the future of space travel, we saw it all on this incredible DayTripper Tours journey.

– Pat Brown
DayTripper Tour Manager
Tour: King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh Exhibition at the California Science Center in Los Angles
Date: July 28, 2018

 


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