Two historical figures of mythic proportions are visiting Southern California, and you can visit them at L.A. museums.
Find out what’s up with King Tut at the California Science Center (www.californiasciencecenter.org) when the “KING TUT: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh” exhibit opens March 24. This massive new exhibit, which runs through Jan. 6, presents 150 real artifacts from King Tut’s tomb. This represents the largest assembly ever on public display outside of Egypt, and 40 percent of these antiquities will be traveling outside Egypt for the first time. Museum-goers will learn about King Tut’s life and death, as well as the science involved in discovering these treasures. Proceeds from the exhibit, which is being presented by the California Science Center, IMG and the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities, will benefit the Grand Egyptian Museum being constructed in Cairo and historic sites throughout Egypt. Exhibit admission is $19.20-$29.95.
Get some background on Egyptian history at the Getty (www.getty.edu), where the exhibit “Beyond the Nile: Egypt and the Classical World” opens March 27. Spanning more than 2,000 years from the Bronze Age to Roman times (2000 BC–AD 300), the exhibit examines Egypt’s interactions with Greece and Rome, and will be at the Getty through Sept. 9. On display will be nearly 200 objects, from artwork and sculptures to household items and trade goods. Getty admission is free, and parking costs $15.
The Reagan Library & Museum (www.reaganlibrary.com) is playing host to “Genghis Khan: The Exhibition” through Aug. 19. Visitors can explore the life and legend of the 13th century Mongol and discover that while Kahn is known as a barbarian, he also was a lawmaker and democratizer who introduced paper money, skis and the violin to Western civilization. The exhibit, which is making its only Southern California stop, showcases more than 200 historic relics, ranging from weapons to instruments and jewelry. Admission is $25 adults, $18 ages 11-17, $15 ages 3-10.