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Stand in line to see the boy king at ‘Beyond King Tut’

Immersing oneself is all the rage these days. Just last year, Milwaukeeans had two art-themed opportunities via the “Beyond Van Gogh” and “Beyond Monet” experiences. As if that wasn’t beyond enough, you’ll be able to exceed the boundaries of archeology when “Beyond King Tut” presented by National Geographic comes to the Baird Center from Oct. 13 through Jan. 6

The first thing to note is that this is what they call a “cinematic immersive exhibition.” So the boy king himself will not be physically present, nor will any artifacts connected to the former ruler. However, you will be able to experience a journey that includes:

  • Features of modern-day Egypt, including the Temple at Karnak, the Great Sphinx and the Pyramids of Giza
  • A time-traveling element that takes you back 3,000 years to the 18th dynasty
  • A descent into King Tutankamun’s tomb more than a century after its discovery

Visual galleries will help visitors learn about the king’s life and enter a digital recreation of his burial chamber, while the final room of the experience will feature “larger than life” projections of Tut’s treasures. As organizers noted, “Our goal is to use this powerful platform — with multiple rooms of discovery — to transport visitors into the past through a unique narrative of this 3,000 year old story.”

The experience — which takes approximately one hour to complete — will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays. After some initial confusion about tickets, it turns out the general sale gets underway at 9 a.m. Thursday, June 15, via the "Beyond King Tut" website.

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