Kahmunrah and the Tablet of Ahkmenrah from the Night at the Museum film franchise, which, it turns out, takes some liberties in its depiction of the museum-going experience.
  • Kahmunrah and the Tablet of Ahkmenrah from the Night at the Museum film franchise, which, it turns out, takes some liberties in its depiction of the museum-going experience.
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The Mummy from The Mummy (1932), Anubis from Stargate (1994), the Mummy from The Mummy (1999), and the Mummy from The Mummy Returns (2001), none of which appear in the crummy exhibit.

San Diego Natural History Museum

1788 El Prado, Balboa Park


"Totes lame," says 15-year-old Kris Kendall of Serra Mesa of his experience at The Discovery of King Tut, a touring recreation of King Tut's tomb and treasures that is currently on exhibit at the San Diego Natural History Museum.

"'History comes to life,' my ass. Nothing came to life. Nothing even moved. No deadly scarabs, no spirit-demons, hell, not even any cool booby traps. It's just a bunch of crap they buried with a teenager when he died. Like if I cashed in and they just took my bedroom and built a pyramid around it for some reason. And it's not even his real crap, which was at least made of solid gold or some shit. At least that would have been swag. It's just cheap knockoffs, like those fake Louis Vuitton bags they sell on street corners. Apparently, the Curse of the Pharoahs is real: anyone who visits will be bored to death."

The exhibit runs through April 26. Tickets are $27 for adults, and $17 for disaffected teens.

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dwbat Jan. 11, 2015 @ 2:12 p.m.

And you probably have to exit through the gift shop, right?

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Twister Jan. 11, 2015 @ 4:49 p.m.

P. T. Barnum did better stuff, but history is not natural history--this belonged at the Museum of Man. The Natural History Museum (which used to be abbreviated "NHM," has been given the flip non-acronym, "The Nat," which should have gotten the overpaid consult fired instead of lumped with largesse) also did "The Dead Sea Scrolls," which was similarly over-hyped and over-budgeted. This young man is right--if it smells like a road-apple and plops like a road-apple, most likely it's horseshit.

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dwbat Jan. 11, 2015 @ 6:43 p.m.

You DO know that "Kris Kendall" isn't a real person, right?

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Twister Jan. 11, 2015 @ 8:53 p.m.

Doesn't matter--the King Tut stuff ain't fake neither. But fantasy always beats the hell out of reality.

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wileysmom Jan. 12, 2015 @ 7:23 p.m.

Maybe the young man should have done a little bit more research as to what this exhibit is really about. The exhibition is more about how Howard Carter discovered the tomb and what it looked like at the time of his discovery. It clearly states in the exhibit overview that the real artifacts found in Tut's tomb are no longer allowed outside of Egypt.

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