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SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Natural History Museum announced Thursday it will host the West Coast debut of the exhibition “The Discovery of King Tut” beginning in October.

The show, which recreates one of the most important archeological finds of the 20th century, will open in San Diego Oct. 11 and carry over into the first four months of next year — during which it will serve as one of the major attractions for the celebration of Balboa Park’s centennial.

The exhibition — which displays more than 1,000 reproductions of treasures discovered in the tomb of Tutankhamun — recently completed a tour of Europe and opens in Kansas City this weekend.

The objects, reproduced by Egyptian artisans, provide the opportunity to experience the splendor of King Tutankhamun’s tomb without compromising the fragile originals, most of which are no longer permitted to be toured, according to officials at the museum, informally called theNAT.

“Egyptian artifacts are no longer permitted to travel outside Egypt, therefore this exhibition will give museum guests an unprecedented look into the discovery of King Tutankhamun’s tomb,” said Michael Hager, president and CEO of the museum. “The exhibition will be making its West Coast debut at theNAT, and we couldn’t be more excited. `The Discovery of King Tut’ has visited Munich, Dublin, Seoul, Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague and Geneva. We are in amazing company.”

The exhibition will present Howard Carter’s experience of entering the burial chamber for the first time and provide the history of the 18th dynasty in Egypt.

The British archeologist spent decades exploring the Luxor section of Egypt before finding Tutankhamun’s tomb in November, 1922. It had been undisturbed for about 3,000 years.

The Natural History Museum plans two other major exhibitions in conjunction with Balboa Park’s 100th anniversary.

“Coast to Cactus in Southern California,” which will open in January, explores the region’s varied and unique habitats. “Maya: Hidden Secrets Revealed,” which will come to San Diego in June 2015, is the largest collection of ancient Mayan artifacts on display in the U.S.