Ancient Egypt's most famous pharaoh actually had a very short life, Tutankhamen, a.k.a. King Tut, ascended to the throne at the age of nine following the death of his father, Akhenaten.
By 19, this so-called boy king was dead. And after his tomb was discovered in 1922 by British archeologist Howard Carter, there was tremendous speculation about King Tut's cause of death.
With the help of digital imaging and DNA testing, it's now widely believed that the young pharaoh died as a result of contracting malaria.
This autumn, Vancouverites can learn a great deal more about his life and times in a touring exhibition called Beyond King Tut: The Immersive Experience, which is coming to Vancouver Convention Centre East on October 27.
It features nine galleries, offering attendees insights in Egyptian gods of that era as well as a chance to experience the king's burial chamber, which was full of treasures.
The world premiere of National Geographic's Beyond King Tut will be in Boston on July 8.
Produced by Paquin Entertainment Group and Immersive Experiences and developed in partnership with National Geographic, the exhibition relies on cinematic techniques and large images to convey the grandeur of the king's world.
Some of the same team members who organized an exhibition of King Tut artifacts, which toured the world from 2004 to 2012, are part of the creative team.
“It was such an honor to tour King Tut’s treasures around the world, but those objects have returned to Egypt forever,” producer Mark Lach says in a news release. "Beyond King Tut brings together some of that same team along with the all-stars of immersive art to present one of the world’s most fascinating stories in a whole new way, with no boundaries! Guests will get to experience the splendor of Egypt all around them and voyage with us to the Ancient Egyptian afterlife.”
Paquin Entertainment Group is also the company that produced the Beyond Van Gogh and Beyond Monet exhibitions. For tickets and more information, visit www.beyondkingtut.com.More