Kids will be amazed when they get a glimpse of the treasures from Egypt’s legendary boy king, Tutankhamun, at the Texas Museum of Science & Technology in Cedar Park.
34 centuries ago a young pharaoh, worshiped as a god, was laid to eternal rest in all his splendor, his rule mysteriously cut short by an unknown tragedy…
King Tutankhamen (or Tutankhamun aka King Tut) ruled Egypt as pharaoh for 10 years until his death at age 19, around 1324 B.C. Despite his well-known status today, King Tut was barely known to the modern world until 1922 after the pharaoh’s tomb was discovered by a British archaeologist. The tomb had been sealed for more than 3,200 years! This was an impressive finding for multiple reasons; the tomb had a hoard of treasures and artifacts (which was intended to accompany the king into the afterlife), it revealed an incredible amount about royalty in ancient Egypt which had been mostly a mystery, and it propelled King Tut into the world’s most famous pharaoh. But who was King Tut and how did a boy at the age of 9 become a pharaoh and led the Egyptian people for over a decade? Understanding King Tut, who only lived until he was 19, has proven to be a massive undertaking and the Texas Museum of Science and Technology will be exhibiting all the wonderful artifacts and replicas from the pharaoh’s tomb beginning on November 12 until April 2017.
The Texas Museum of Science & Technology (or TXMOST) was introduced to Central Texas in 2015 in Cedar Park, and is a testing ground for a future permanent museum facility. TXMOST is eager to bring a nationally-renowned facility to Central Texas and their current exhibitions and event space is just a glimpse of what’s to come. Our family was excited to check out the King Tut exhibit and I admit that I certainly fueled their interest. In fact, Brooke was knowledgeable about King Tut since Egypt was one of our past birthday party themes we base on various countries, but to see him in person with all of the replicas and artifacts is quite breathtaking!
Tutankhamun: Wonderful Things From the Pharoh’s Tomb is a traveling exhibition that will be on display at TXMOST through April 2017. It is provided by The Origins Museum Institute and was created by artisans of the Pharaonic Village in Egypt and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The showcase recreates the richest archeological finds of all time during the opulent age of the 18th Dynasty Egypt. The artifacts are grouped into five chambers and goes through each phase of the pharaoh’s life, which includes: an introductory hall, the hall of the Discovery, the Private Pharaoh, the Public Pharaoh, and the Sacred Burial. The exhibition is accompanied by ambient music (commissioned by the Texas Museum of Natural History in 1997 for the ongoing national tour) was specifically composed to evoke the timeless mystery of the ancient tomb.
“While the experience of seeing the original artifacts is unsurpassable, there are enormous benefits to viewing the reproductions. The sheer number of replicas in the Tutankhamun: “Wonderful Things” from the Pharaoh’s Tomb collection far exceeds the number of original objects from the tomb which have been allowed to leave the Egyptian Museum for view abroad.”
This exhibit is perfect for the whole family and kids will be amazed at all of the treasures from the legendary boy king, Tutankhamun, from Egypt. This special exhibit has many artifacts to view that were discovered after unearthing King Tut’s tomb. There is a total of 131 replicas of the pharaoh’s sacred and personal possessions along with associated artifacts such as King Tut’s state chariot, throne, bed, jewelry, and the iconic golden mummy case with the bejeweled royal mummy. WOW. Make sure you get the children’s material for additional learning and fun before heading into the museum and there is a little gift shop that includes some items related to King Tut. Be sure to check out Tutankhamun: “Wonderful Things” From The Pharaoh’s Tomb at TXMOST while it is here.
About the Texas Museum of Science & Technology: Located in Cedar Park, the Texas Museum of Science & Technology is dedicated to bringing Austin and Central Texas a world-class science museum, planetarium and technology center. We enjoyed seeing two shows about the moon in the planetarium and the girls loved seeing dinosaur bones!
Hours & Location: The museum hours are Monday – Thursday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. The museum is located at 1220 Toro Grande Dr., Cedar Park, TX 78613. For more information, please visit www.txmost.org.
Tickets: Tickets may be purchased online here or at the box office. Tickets are $18 for adults (18+), $16 for seniors (62+), students (18+ with student ID), and youth (12-17), and $12 for children aged 5-11. Admission price includes all the exhibits as well as the planetarium.