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Library system offers free bus trips to King Tut exhibition

Wadena library members can take a free field trip to learn about King Tut and ancient Egypt later this month.

Kitchigami Regional Library is sponsoring the free field trips to the King Tut exhibition at the Science Museum in St. Paul during the second half of March. The field trips are free for Kitchigami library patrons, and include admission to the Science Museum, the King Tut exhibit, Mummies Omnitheater film, audio tour and round trip motor coach transportation. There are a limited number of tickets and registration is required at a local Kitchigami library, such as the Wadena city library.

"Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaoh" is an exhibition that brings to life the discovery of King Tut's tomb by Howard Carter in 1922, and 2,000 years of ancient Egyptian history. The King Tut exhibition opened at the Science Museum in February. At 16,000 square feet, King Tut is the largest exhibit the Science Museum has ever hosted.

The King Tut exhibition features more than 100 authentic treasures from the tomb of the celebrated pharaoh, including the golden sandals found on Tut's feet. The exhibition marks the first time that King Tut's treasures have visited Minnesota, providing visitors with the rare chance to see the boy king's famed artifacts. Many of the artifacts have never visited the United States prior to this exhibition. St. Paul will be the only place in the U.S. where visitors can experience this collection of treasures from the young King's tomb.

"Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs," a giant screen film in the Omnitheater, delves deeper into the mysteries and science of mummification, and serves as the perfect introduction to the exhibition experience. Following the viewing of "Mummies," visitors will be ushered into the King Tut exhibition, a series of galleries mimicking the tomb as Carter found it. The exhibition gives insight into pharaonic Egypt and Tut's short and privileged life. Included in the exhibit are the first 3D CT scans of the great king's mummy, which were obtained as part of a landmark Egyptian research and conservation project.

The Wadena family bus trip is scheduled for Saturday, March 26. It will depart from the Wadena City Library at 8:30 a.m. and return at 5:45 p.m. Seating is limited. Tickets are required. Visit your local library for the complete tour schedule, or go to Participants are encouraged to bring a bag lunch or snack for the field trip.