HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — For the next two months, you have an opportunity to travel back in time through a new exhibit in Hartford.
Beyond King Tut: The Immersive Experience immerses you in the tomb and treasures of the ancient Egyptian King Tutankhamun.
You start by walking through a tent just like British archaeologist Howard Carter slept in when he was in Egypt in 1922. That’s when he discovered a staircase going down into the sand. People told him all the tombs in the Valley of the Kings had been discovered and looted already.
“When this sealed wall was found, he was, of course, very excited, and he broke through that wall and inserted his torch, and someone said, ‘Can you see anything?'” Mark Lach, the creative producer for Beyond King Tut said. “And he said, ‘Yes, wonderful things.'”
This immersive exhibit uses National Geographic photos, projected all around you, to re-create what Carter found: The tomb of King Tutankhamun, untouched for more than 3,000 years. That includes the gold sarcophagus set inside the exact dimensions of the burial chamber, plus all the things buried with the boy king for him to use in the afterlife. That includes the king’s favorite board game, Senet, recreated in larger form for kids to come and play for themselves.
“After all, King Tut was a boy, a young boy, nine years old when he became king,” Lach explained.
He was only in his late teens when he died. An artist has re-created his mummy for this exhibit. Tut’s reign was not remarkable. Finding his tomb was.
“The pages of history would be quite different,” said Lach. “There would be a little mention of Tutankhamun, but because of the discovery, the intact tomb, now we’re fascinated.”
You finish with a massive spectacle of artifacts and landscapes projected on giant walls around a boat, the way the ancient thought their pharaohs traveled to the afterlife.
“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,” organizers said in a press release.
There’s another journey you can take at the end, as well. For an extra charge, you can do the VIP ticket and get the virtual reality experience. You wear a headset and headphones, and the chairs move, so you feel like you are flying down the Valley of the Kings and into King Tut’s tomb.
The exhibit opens Friday and runs through Oct. 15, Wednesdays through Sundays at the Connecticut Convention Center. The visit takes approximately one hour, with final entry allowed one hour before the show’s closure.
Find more information about the experience here.