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King Tut sarcophagus replica.

Fake King Tut Tomb No. 1

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Las Vegas, Nevada

Built in 1993 for $3 million, the fake King Tut Tomb was originally inside the pyramid-shaped Luxor Casino, and for years was the classiest attraction on the Las Vegas Strip (The real King Tut tomb is near Luxor, Egypt).

In 2008 the fake tomb was scrapped by the casino and donated to the Las Vegas Natural History Museum, which reopened it as Treasures of Egypt. The tomb and everything in it -- gold statues, chariots, mummies, nearly 500 artifacts -- are fake, but they're really, really good fakes -- one of only two sets authorized by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities. To further its educational mission, the Las Vegas Natural History Museum has added a "mummy scan." It scans one of the dummy mummies, then shows medical images taken of a real mummy.

Because you can never have too much of a good thing in Las Vegas, the Luxor Casino flip-flopped and opened a second, entirely different (but still entirely fake) King Tut Tomb in September 2022 -- this one with animations and "virtual reality pods." We suggest that you visit both fake tombs and decide which is best.

Fake King Tut Tomb No. 1

Las Vegas Natural History Museum

900 Las Vegas Blvd N., Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Natural History Museum. North side of the city. I-515 exits 75 or 75A, or just drive north on The Strip until it crosses I-515. Turn north onto Las Vegas Blvd, then drive about a half-mile. The museum will be on the right, between Las Vegas Blvd and Washington, adjacent to Cashman Center.
Daily 9-4 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Adults $10. Free for Clark County teachers.
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