King Tut might not have lived very long, but thousands of years after his death, he became world famous when his tomb was discovered in 1922 and one hundred years after that discovery, his death mask remains internationally recognizable. As part of the celebration of the centenary of the discovery, National Geographic has produced a rich multimedia experience that is more family-friendly than the actual exhibitions
I’ve seen exhibitions of the actual artifacts twice, and while those exhibits were glorious, they were not particularly kid-friendly. The artifacts are precious–made of gold and gemstones–and centuries old. The displays are often not at the optimal height for younger children to appreciate and children are likely to get antsy and want to run around, much to the consternation of the adults with or without children.
National Geographic’s “Beyond King Tut Immersive Experience” has no artifacts, but uses photography, graphics, sound and video to tell the story of the discovery, excavation and what we now know about the processes used for mummification. The exhibit takes you through a long passage way and you go through various chambers, each one focusing on a specific experience (e.g. the many layers of protection that encased both the golden death mask and mummy and, in a separate chamber, the process of mummification).
When we visited, there were families with children and the kids were using their cellphones to video and take selfies. None of them looked bored.
Although I had seen two different exhibits of the actual artifacts, I didn’t not remember that there had been so many layers and I did not remember the significance of the animal symbols. If you or your kids like virtual reality, the VIP experience is the way to go. This is the perfect activity for the holidays and to take visiting guests.
When: Open Now Until December 31, 2022
Now open until 26 February 2023.
Magic Box LA – 1933 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, California 90007
Duration: Approximately one hour with final entry one hour prior to show close. The experience is self-guided so you can stay as long as you like.
For tickets or more information, visit Beyond King Tut Los Angeles .
For other cities, visit BeyondKingTut.com.