One of the most enduring celebrities in modern history is headed back to L.A.: King Tut, the boy king who has dazzled fans since his tomb was found in Egypt in 1922.
King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh, will be at the California Science Center, part of Exposition Park, starting on March 24, 2018. You can book pre-sale tickets now through Dec. 17 (if you have an American Express card), or get on the pre-registration list before more tickets are released.
Depending on which generation you identify with, you probably recall at least one of King Tut’s previous super-tours—like the 2005 exhibit that stopped at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, or the original 1978 exhibit Treasures of Tutankhamun, which helped put the LACMA on the map and inspired Steve Martin’s SNL “condo-made-of-stone-ah” pop hit.
The upcoming exhibit, however, is the biggest one yet outside of Egypt. The lineup includes 150 artifacts—60 of which have never left Egypt before, and after this tour, will go on permanent display at a new museum being built near the Giza Pyramids. On the tour, you can follow the boy king on his life-after-death journey 3,000 years ago—though 12 gates and into the afterlife—checking out cool burial objects like the bow and arrow and boomerang meant to protect him, as well as his golden sandals and opulent jewelry. Other highlights include a life-size statue of Tutankhamun, a ceremonial bed for his funeral, and a golden shrine to the king and his wife Ankhesenamun.
While at the California Science Center, you can also watch the Mysteries of Egypt IMAX film that glides over the pyramids of Giza, the Nile, the Valley of the Kings, and into Tut’s tomb. King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh will stay at the California Science Center for 10 months before beginning a tour of Europe in January 2019.