Some Egyptian royalty is setting up shop at the California Science Center through January. As part of the the 100th anniversary of the discovery of King Tutankhamun's tomb, more than 150 artifacts will be on display as part of a 60-city world tour.
Mayor Eric Garcetti says King Tut has a long history with Los Angeles.
"We've always embraced Tut in the past, two times before. Both times over a million visitors. So I think it was a no-brainer, not only that this would be the only place in North America, but it would be the first place it would come," Garcetti said.
Tutankhamum was an Egyptian pharaoh of the 18th dynasty who ruled between 1332 and 1323 B.C. and is best known as "King Tut." Tutankhamun's tomb was discovered in 1922 by Howard Carter, sparking a renewed interest in Egyptian history and artifacts.
The King Tut exhibition is being touted as the largest one that's ever toured. More than 150 authentic artifacts from the boy king's celebrated tomb will be on display alongside a dazzling array of multimedia presentations that go into the history
Some of the artifacts on display include the rings found on Tutankhamen's fingers, the opulent jewelry on his body, as well as the gold sandals that were placed on the 19-year-old's feet prior to burial.
Scientists like Egyptian archaeologist Dr. Zahi Hawass are also on hand to explain how scientific analysis of King Tut's 3,300-year-old mummy has revealed new information about
"The best moment in my life, when I went to the Valley of the Kings, with a CT scan to examine the mummy of Tutankhamun."
Hawass says Los Angeles will be the only U.S. city to see King Tut before the display is placed permanently in Egypt. Doors open for "King Tut: Treasures Of The Golden Pharaoh" Saturday, March 24th at the California Science Center. The exi