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King Tut’s Tomb Discovery Experience at HMNS

The exhibition opens on October 28, 2022

The exhibition opens on October 28, 2022

HOUSTON, TX, Oct. 06, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — One hundred years ago, on November 4, 1922, after seven long years, British archaeologist Howard Carter and his workers discovered a rock-cut step in the bedrock rock of the Valley of the Kings in Luxor. He was in search of royal tombs, in particular that of the “Boy King” Tutankhamun. Less than a month later, after further excavation of the staircase and passageway, the sealed door to the tomb was breached and what he laid eyes upon would change the world forever:

“At first I couldn’t see anything, the warm air escaping from the room making the candle flame flicker, but soon, as my eyes got used to the light, details of the room to the inside slowly emerging from the mist, strange animals, statues, and gold – everywhere the brilliance of gold… “Do you see anything?”… Yes, wonderful things!

He had finally found the tomb of the pharaoh that he and his employer Lord Carnarvon had searched for all these years. From now on, the public will be able to rediscover the magnificent wonder of this first encounter with King Tut’s Tomb Discovery Experienceopening October 28 at the Houston Museum of Natural Science (HMNS).

“With King Tut’s Tomb Discovery Experience, we hope to replicate the experience of one of the most remarkable archaeological discoveries ever made,” said Joel Bartsch, President and CEO of HMNS. “We are thrilled to be able to bring visitors the same sense of wonder and amazement that Howard Carter first experienced 100 years ago in the famous Valley of the Kings.”

This special exhibition offers visitors a first-hand experience of Tutankhamun’s 1:1 scale tomb through recreations of artifacts, treasures and equipment from the king’s burial chamber, giving a sense of the region as it first appeared to Howard Carter and his team. The exhibit reveals how Tutankhamun was buried in a series of four gilded wooden shrines that surrounded a stone sarcophagus, which housed three nesting coffins that protected the king’s mummy. This is displayed as a cross section, which has never been attempted before. Reproductions of objects from the tomb made by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities complete the recreation.

As visitors progress through the exhibit, a recreation of the burial chamber shows projected animations from the painted walls, providing a more immersive experience. These animations translate the ancient hieroglyphic texts and images that commemorated Tutankhamun’s funeral and predicted his journey into the afterlife.

“Over time, brigands discovered and emptied all the tombs in the Valley of the Kings. Only the tomb of an obscure pharaoh named Tutankhamun has remained hidden and untouched for over 3,000 years,” said Tom Hardwick, consultant curator of Egyptology for HMNS. “This is what has lent to the mystery and intrigue of King Tutankhamun over the past century: that his burial has allowed us to peer into the lives of Egyptian royalty and see how they were laid to rest, surrounded by their possessions, in their transition to life after death.”

Other exhibit highlights include informative videos about the discovery of the tomb and the life of Tutankhamun, an excavator tent with tools, and an interactive video game. There is also a tactile display with rocks, semi-precious stones and metals like those used to create some of the items found in the tomb. Newly taken photographs of artifacts from the tomb will also be on display, giving visitors an unprecedented insight into the tomb and its contents.

What other secrets remain hidden in the Valley of the Kings? While waiting to find out, we continue to get a glimpse into the life of the Egyptian nobility from a moment that left Howard Carter amazed and his eyes shining. A moment that rocked the world in 1922 and still mesmerizes today with equal amounts of mystery and mystique.

King Tut’s Tomb Discovery Experience opens October 28, 2022 at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. King Tut’s Tomb Discovery Experience is generously supported by the John P. McGovern Foundation, the Harriet and Truett Latimer Endowment Fund and HMW Entertainment. Access to the exhibition requires a separate ticket. Visit HMNS.org for tickets and information.

About the Houston Museum of Natural Science

The Houston Museum of Natural Science, one of the nation’s most visited museums, is a centerpiece of Houston’s Museum District. With four floors of permanent exhibition halls, the Wortham Giant Screen Theatre, Cockrell Butterfly Center, Burke Baker Planetarium and George Observatory and as host to world-class and ever-changing traveling exhibitions, the museum has something to delight every age group. With such diverse and extraordinary offerings, a trip to the Houston Museum of Natural Science, located at 5555 Hermann Park Drive in the heart of the Museum District, is always an adventure.

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CONTACT: Sami Mesarwi Houston Museum of Natural Science (281) 684-0430 smesarwi@hmns.org Melodie Wade Houston Museum of Natural Science (832) 498-4265 mwade@hmns.org

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