King Tut exhibit opens at San Diego Natural History Museum

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SAN DIEGO — The long-awaited traveling “King Tut” exhibition opened Saturday at the San Diego Natural History Museum in Balboa Park.

“The Discovery of King Tut” tells the story of the discovery of King Tutankhamun’s tomb in November 1922, one of the greatest archeological finds of the 20th century.

Because the original artifacts are no longer allowed to leave Egypt, the exhibition showcases more than 1,000 carefully reproduced replicas of the tomb of the boy king and the treasures found inside.

Tutankhamun, born around 1341 B.C., was the 12th king of the 18th Egyptian dynasty, and ruled from 1332 B.C. to 1323 B.C. Archeologist Howard Carter spent decades exploring the Luxor section of Egypt before finding Tutankhamun’s tomb, which had been undisturbed for about 3,000 years.

Admission to the exhibition requires a separate ticket from museum admission.

For October only, children 12 and under will enjoy a discounted rate to see the exhibition, or will receive free general admission to the museum with a paid adult.

The museum announced in April that the exhibition — which has traveled to Munich, Dublin, Seoul, Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague and Geneva – would come to San Diego and be one of the major events surrounding the centennial of Balboa Park.

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