The King Tut exhibit opened in Manhattan last month, with 11 galleries and 130+ artifacts. The exhibit features items from King Tut’s tomb, as well as items from his ancestors. I saw the King Tut exhibit in its last location, San Francisco and again in NYC. You can read my review of NYC’s Tut with Kids here on Jersey Kids.
If you’re thinking of taking kids with you, it’s a great learning opportunity, and there are several items of interest to kids there, including weapons and lots of gold! Of course they’ll be interested to know that the king was all of 9 years old when he ascended the throne. They’ll love the gross knowledge that King Tut’s brain was removed with a hook through his nose before embalming! Plan to spend around 90 minutes there.
The NYC King Tut exhibit is in the Times Square area. One benefit – you don’t have all the additional museum traffic. The downside – there’s no museum to visit after!
KING TUT DISCOUNT CODES FOR ST. PAUL
Tickets are $30 for the King Tut exhibit on weekends and $25 on weekdays (for adults), and this includes the science museum admission/exhibits. Kids 4-12 pay $16 on weekdays, and $18 on weekends. Audio tour and film are extra.
Science Museum of Minnesota members save up to 60% on King Tut ticket prices. Plus, members save an additional $5 a ticket in March.
Go with a group. Group discounts are available for 15 or more ticketholders. Here are ticket prices for groups.
Check back here – I’ll be adding discounts are they become available. Pickings are slim as the show opens!
Tickets and discounts for NYC
Tickets run $27.50 for adults, $25.50 for seniors, $17.50 for kids 4-12, and free for kids under 4. They offer a 3-D movie, Secrets of the Pharaohs, for an additional $5. In the film, you’ll travel into the royal tombs, learning about ancient Egyptian society and rituals as told by the mummies themselves. Kids 4 and under still have to pay for the movie, even though they get in free to the exhibit. Reviews of the movie are positive. Audio commentary is $7, and worth it to learn more.
Now through Friday, December 24th, buy a voucher for 2 adult and 2 child admissions ($98 value) for $59 at Mamapedia. You must redeem the voucher all at once. You can buy two vouchers, but only redeem one per visit.
You can get a family value pack, for 2 adults and 2 kids, for $83 (saving 15% over full value). If you have more kids or others traveling there with you, you can get those tickets at the same time and also save 15% on them.
If you want to avoid the lines and money is no object, go for the King Tut VIP package, where you’ll go to the front of the line (kind of like a Disney Fastpass) and you’ll also get the audio tour. Total cost: $149 for two people.
Golden Ticket – includes entrance ticket, 3-D movie and audio tour for $37. You’ll save $2 if ordering in advance.
Discount codes and tickets are out there – you just have to look. The codes below were accurate at the time of this posting.
Costco is selling individual tickets including audio, for $26.99 each at some warehouse stores (at the ticket office the same combo is $34.50, and adult tickets alone are 51 cents more at the box office). If you’re buying tickets for kids, the Costco ticket will run you the same as the kid ticket plus audio combo at the box office (if you don’t want audio for your kids, it’s cheaper to buy their tickets at the box office). Look for the Costco discount King Tut tickets near the other tickets and gift certificates. You can buy 8 tickets at a time, and they’re valid through December 25, 2010. Once you buy the voucher, you can exchange it at the ticket office, and hope there’s availability for your. Better yet, select your date and time online in advance, to ensure your reservation. They do have blackout dates (May 29-31, July 3-5, September 4-6, October 9-11 and November 26-28).
Goldstar has half-price tickets for $11-16 (additional fees apply – not sure what those are).
Theatermania and Broadway Box offer $5 off tickets, which end up costing $13.50-$23.50. You can order online, by phone, or get a discount coupon print-out to bring to the ticket office at 226 West 44th Street (Between 7th & 8th Aves). If you want to order by phone, call (888) 9-TUTNYC and use the code: TUTMANIA or BBOX10. These deals expire December 17, 2010 and are valid Monday-Thursday.
EXPIRED, BUT WORTH A LOOK:
This Groupon deal can only be bought for a few days, but you can use it until November 15. Get tickets to see King Tut, including the 3-D movie, for $22. Tickets can be used weekdays after 2 p.m. and weekends after 5;30 p.m. You can get 8 tickets per person. Get tickets here.
VISIT KING TUT – DETAILS
Details: King Tut in NYC – at Discovery Times Square Exposition (226 W. 44th Street – between Broadway and 8th).
Mummies 3-D movie: $5. Entrance is first-come, first-served basis. The film’s first showing is 11 a.m. and then it repeats every 20 minutes. There’s a review of the movie on Jersey Kids here.
Family: strollers aren’t allowed in the exhibit nor are backpacks, large bags, drinks or food. You can store them for no cost at the coat check. Make sure the kids are well fed before going in! No photography or recording allowed either.
Hours: vary by day. The show opens at 10 a.m. on weekdays and 9:30 a.m. weekends. The show closes at 8 or 9:30, and the last entrance is 90 minutes before closing.
Exhibit ends: January 2, 2011
Tickets: Tickets are timed. Reserve ahead if your schedule is tight. Expect to wait 30 minutes even with a timed ticket. People start lining up for their time slot up to 30 minutes before. We had no wait when we went on a weekend, and have heard similar reports from others.