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Union Station’s current exhibit, “The Discovery of King Tut,” is an experience suitable for all ages. Early this April, the catacombs of Level C transformed to take patrons on an ancient journey that never seems to grow old.
The exploration begins with a self guided audio tour. Patrons use an audio wand to listen to additional descriptive details at each display along the way. After a walkthrough of brief background knowledge, a white arrow pointed in the direction of a theater is illuminated on the floor. The second part of the audio tour is a film about the men who first discovered the tomb of King Tutankhamen.
Howard Carter was an English archeologist and Egyptologist. Lord Carnarvon was an English aristocrat with a sense for adventure. With Carter’s brains and Carnarvon’s pocket book, the two hoped to make a historical breakthrough in Egypt’s “Valley of the Kings.” Carter led five years of excavation before his group found the steps to the undiscovered tomb.
Fun fact: Lord Carnarvon’s estate is where “Downton Abbey” is filmed.
The tomb of King Tutankhamen was the first intact tomb ever found. In ancient times, tomb robbers ran rampant. Only days after a pharaoh’s tomb was sealed, robbers would break in and steal nearly all of the precious artifacts he was buried with. The elaborate layout of Tut’s tomb proved to impede looters.
Once the film ends, the explorers are led through the four parts of Tut’s tomb through the eyes of Carter and his team. The contents of each room are revealed through illumination and a narration of the journal entries of Carter’s discoveries.
The burial chamber enclosed the four colossal shrines that surrounded Tut’s sarcophagus. However, there was not just one sarcophagus. His mummy was actually sealed within four sarcophagi—similar to what would now be referred to as “nesting doll” style.
Fun fact: Egyptians were the first culture to invent the chair.
The only controversy “The Discovery of King Tut” seems to raise is the fact that everything inside the exhibit is a replica. While this may be unappealing for some, artists have gone to impeccable lengths to recreate each and every trinket as accurately as possible.
Union Station has extended the exhibit through Sunday, Sept. 14. Ticket information and exhibit times are available at www.unionstation.org/tut. Take the journey before it is too late.

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