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Museum of Ancient Wonders

Cathedral City, California

Nestled in Coachella Valley, this museum transports guests from the Mesozoic Era, to the land of Egyptian kings.  

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Located in a small shopping center, the Museum of Ancient Wonders is an unexpected surprise sandwiched between Big Lots and Bambino’s Pizza. When visitors enter this museum, they are instantly transported to epochs from centuries past. 

The space is larger than it appears, large enough to house 375 artifacts and fossils. Exhibits explore a wide range of subjects, from the life of King Tutankhamun⁠—to the creatures of the Mesozoic period. The King Tut exhibit features reproductions of the king’s treasure, his state chariot, golden shrines, beds, thrones, jewelry, and a funerary mask to name a few. The exhibit vividly highlights what life may have looked like during the 18th Dynasty. There are also dozens of authentic artifacts from this period of Egyptian history.

Throughout the museum, guests are also treated to African tribal masks, four full-size dinosaur casts, plus numerous fossils. These exhibits were created with the aid of a multitude of museums from around the world. It’s the only museum of its kind within miles.

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Hours are Monday-Saturday 10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m., Sunday 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

 

Prices are as follows: Adults-$15,  Students, Seniors, Military-$12.

School Class Trips- $6/student.

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