Learning about King Tut at an immersive exhibition on South Street

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Although everyone’s heard of King Tut who died at 19 years old, it's an experience to learn about him at the Geographic Immersive King Tut exhibition on South Street In Manhattan if you can't travel to Egypt.

While a trip to Abu Simbel will land you among the monuments built by Pharaoh Ramses II and his favorite wife Nefertari, which were constructed in the 13th century B.C.E., the Geographic Immersive King Tut exhibit ends in swag that includes a beaded bracelet and Egyptian hand lotion.

In Luxor, formerly known as Thebes, it’s customary to walk along one and a half miles of human-headed sphinx statues, known as the Avenue of Sphinxes at the Karnak Temple Complex built by none other than the Pharaoh Ramses II.

But at the Geographic Immersive King Tut exhibit, visitors can sit and watch as a panorama of Cairo displays across four wide and tall walls. 

The ancient Egyptians prioritized the afterlife. So much so that King Cheops, the second pharaoh of the Fourth Dynasty, had a 144-foot ride built that would travel with him to the heavens upon death. The ship-like structure was buried in a pit steps away from the Great Pyramid of Giza as discovered by Egyptian archaeologist Kamal el-Mallakh.

Today, it’s displayed at the Solar Boat Museum in Egypt and at the Geographic Immersive King Tut exhibit, the Egyptian Book of the Dead is prominently featured throughout the various attractions.

Let’s not forget the guy that walked the earth before King Ramsses.In the 27th Century, King Djoser commissioned his talented architect Imhotep to create a new kind of tombstone called the Step Pyramid, which you’ll find near Sakkara’s royal burial grounds. Rather than a ride, it appears King Djoser and Imhotep envisioned a stairway to get to heaven.

Speaking of rides, ancient royals didn’t roll up in Teslas or Lamborghinis. In Cairo, it’s all about the camel. Nothing is more unique than camel-back riding around the Great Pyramids and the limestone Sphinx that guards them.

The Geographic Immersive King Tut exhibit closes on Jan. 1, 2023.

More Things to See and Do While Vacationing in Egypt

  • Felucca sailing on the River Nile
  • Decipher hieroglyphic inscriptions and pictorials on various monuments.
  • Visit the Luxor Museum of Mummification, the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities in Cairo, and the Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza where there are plenty of reliefs, sculptures, artifacts, antiques, masks, wigs, mummies, gold ornaments and sarcophagi to help you contemplate the origins of man.
  • Take a dusk-lit stroll along the Nile River waterfront promenade (Corniche)
  • Examine up close the giant, Nubian sandstone Luxor Temple that was built in 1400 BCE. The Great Colonnade Hall’s columns are 21 feet high and there’s a life-size statue of Ramesses II’s Chief wifey Queen Nefertari.
  • Tour the Crocodile Museum where crocodiles are mummified in honor of the God Sobek.
  • Visit the Temple of Philae built for the goddess Isis in Aswan.
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