California Science Center Plans King Tut Exhibit for 2018

2018 plans to be a big year for the California Science Center, as a new exhibit has museum employees hoping to bring in a boom of knowledge and profit.

The Los Angeles Times reports on the news that the 10 city tour of some of King Tutankhamen's treasures will finally make its way to LA for a 10 month stay in March of 2018. The exhibit will feature will include over 150 artifacts taken from the pharaoh's tomb in celebration of the 100 year anniversary of its discovery.

In addition to the great learning opportunity the exhibit presents, museum workers and the city hope to see major tourism benefits, as well. Historically, previews of King Tut's artifacts have rivaled or surpassed audiences for sporting events and musical acts, generating millions in revenue for the museums that host them. A similar exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 2015 attracted more than a million visitors and earned the city approximately $168 million in profits from the five months it stayed there.

Sponsored by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities, this will be the largest collection of artifacts on display outside of Egypt. Among the treasures on display, 60 of them will be leaving the country for the first and presumably last time, as they are planned to be housed within a newly built museum in Giza near the pyramids following the end of the tour. According to the economic analysis firm Emsi, the current numbers predict between $109 million to $272 million in direct spending from tourists who come to see the artifacts, with a total economic impact of $352 million with around 1,045 jobs created or supported via the exhibit's stay in Los Angeles.

Pre-sale for tickets has already begun and will continue through January 9th. As tickets are expected to sell out quickly, those wishing to visit the exhibit should act fast. Prices range from $19.20 to $29.95 with discounts applied for members, students, seniors, and groups.


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