For an engaging family outing, “Beyond King Tut: The Immersive Experience” at the Baird Center offers a thoughtful and stimulating foray into the mysteries of Ancient Egypt.
Unlike other immersive experiences that have come to town, ‘Beyond King Tut’ is a storytelling journey that is educational for all ages.
Here’s a walkthrough of the experience, based on my recent visit, to give you an idea of what to expect.
Entering the Tent: An Intriguing Beginning
The journey starts in a large tent where an introductory video acquaints visitors with the enthralling tale of King Tutankhamun and the historic discovery of his tomb.
This visual narrative sets the stage, offering a compelling overview that sparks curiosity for the voyage ahead.
Walking Through History: Discovery of the Tomb
As you progress, the exhibition leads through a vivid portrayal of the tomb’s discovery, key historical figures, and the treasures hidden within.
This section encapsulates the remarkable historical moments and findings that have helped unwrap the layers of mystery surrounding King Tut’s life and reign.
Exploring the Tomb
One of the galleries stands out for its profound focus on King Tutankhamun’s tomb.
This section delves deeply into the intricate art and meaningful symbols that adorned the young king’s resting place, offering visitors an opportunity to immerse themselves in the richness of Egyptian artistic expressions and their deeply ingrained significance.
Interactive Gallery: A Touch of Royalty
Designed with engaging interactivity, there is a special gallery where children can immerse themselves in the ancient royal allure.
They are welcomed to sit on a giant throne, explore King Tut’s Family Tree, and participate in playing an interactive board game called “Senet”, which traces its origins back to King Tut’s era, allowing kids to engage with history in a playful manner.
Dive into The Mummification Process
Another part of the exhibition that kids will love is dedicated to unraveling the secrets of mummification.
Here, the detailed depiction allows visitors to garner insights into this ancient process and the Egyptians’ profound beliefs concerning the afterlife, opening doors to a deeper understanding of their cultural practices and spiritual dimensions.
A Meticulous Recreation: King Tut’s Mummy
In a remarkable feat of historical recreation within the exhibit, visitors have the unique opportunity to encounter a meticulously crafted replica of King Tutankhamun’s mummy.
Painstaking effort has been invested to ensure the recreation’s accuracy, making it a focal point of the exhibition and a remarkable connection to the ancient past.
Connecting Past and Present
In the concluding part of the exhibition, a vast space is devoted to showcasing contemporary Egypt, bridging the historical and modern realms.
This gallery helps in connecting the ancient tales and practices to the Egypt of today, offering a comprehensive perspective.
Planning Your Visit
Considering a visit? Here are some details to help you plan:
- Location: Baird Center, 400 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee
- Booking: For ticket purchases and timing details, visit Beyond King Tut.
- Children: Babies and children of all ages are welcome. Kids 4 and under enter for free with a ticketed adult.
- Strollers: Strollers are permitted in the exhibit
For more information, visit beyondkingtut.com/city/milwaukee/.