New “King Tut” Exhibit Excavates the Life of “The Boy King”
WEST HARTFORD, Conn (October 24, 2012) – This fall, The New Children's Museum will host a royal visitor: King Tut - The Boy King.
Learn about the life and times of Egypt’s famous boy king. See hundreds of fascinating replicas including the stunning funerary mask, mummification couch, weapons, tools, and cultural objects that were placed within the boy king’s tomb to help him on his journey to the afterlife. Learn about Tut’s life and explore the culture that surrounded the youngest and most recognizable pharaoh ever unearthed in Egypt.
“This is truly an awe inspiring exhibit that fascinates visitors from 8 to 108,” stated Robert Griesmer, President & CEO of The New Connecticut Children’s Museum. “We’re really fortunate to have been able to host King Tut and thrilled with the response we’ve received from visitors since we opened.”
“King Tut – The Boy King” is now open. Admission into the exhibit halls is in included with each paid general admission fee of $14.75 for adults and $13.75 for children age 2 -12 and seniors 63 and older. Members receive access to this exhibit as a benefit of membership to the New Children's Museum.
With kid-friendly, hands-on activities the exhibit includes an introduction to ancient Egypt as well as an exploration of King Tut’s public and private lives. The exhibit also covers his burial and subsequent excavation in 1922. The pharaoh’s much-overlooked African heritage is explored, along with the religious magic of sacred objects, and the infamous curse of Tutankhamun.
The exhibit also introduces a new show at the Planetarium, titled Stars of the Pharaohs. Stars of the Pharaohs allows audiences to travel to ancient Egypt to see how science was used to tell time, make a workable calendar, and align huge buildings. Visitors will learn about the connection the ancient Egyptians felt with the stars and various astronomical phenomena.
Activities are recommended for children ages 8 and up.
The New Children’s Museum features over 100 live animals, including the now famous
Fennec foxes, hands-on science exhibits, out-of-this-world digital planetarium shows, and programs for younger children and families. The New Children’s Museum and Roaring Brook Nature Center are the region’s premiere destinations for science and nature exploration.
The New Children’s Museum is located at 950 Trout Brook Drive in West Hartford and at Roaring Brook Nature Center in Canton. More information is available at: www.TheChildrensMuseumCT.org
Photo Credits: Cheyney Barrieau Photography