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Exploring the Virtual Valley of the Kings – Six New Ways to Interact with History

Location: Valley of the Kings, Heritage Key

Date: Late 1920s

Heritage Key’s Valley of the Kings is much easier to reach than the real-world Valley – simply register for a Heritage Key account, follow a few easy steps, and you’ll find yourself shortly in the Travel Hub, where you can select the teleporter to the Valley of the Kings from among a range of choices.
Experienced travelers may want to extend their visit to the Collections Gallery to see the treasures of Tutankhamun up close. You will enjoy the convenience of traveling virtually to the Valley, without the dust and expense of actual travel!
Discover the treasures of the Valley of the Kings all around you. Look, and listen, to the stories the Valley has to tell.
On entering the Valley of the Kings from the Heritage Key Virtual visitors are greeted immediately by a friendly Egyptologist, who is taking a break from excavating, documenting, and cataloguing the stunning artefacts from the tomb of Tutankhamun in order to help visitors find their way to the activities available. Tapping the Egyptologist’s shoulder elicits more information, as well as a map of the area, and a display behind him offers detailed descriptions of the main activities for all in the Valley.


Travel around the Valley of the Kings as a photographer, capturing images with antique box cameras, and enjoying the tremendous vistas. Several well-known photographers visited the area and captured scenes of the excavation, including Harry Burton. Visitors can find their own inner Burton, and those wearing the travel journal (available at the entry resource tent) will be able to flip back to review their images easily. They may be inspired to add additional photos to Heritage Key’s flickr account.


Help Howard Carter, discoverer of the tomb of King Tutankhamun, locate missing pages from his own journal. The pages went missing on the days and in the locations that trace the path of Carter’s discovery. Finding them while wearing the travel journal ensures that you will be able to review the pages later, as well as that receive your finder’s reward from a very grateful Howard Carter.


The golden walls of King Tutankhamun’s tomb are covered in paintings that trace the path to the afterlife. Take the Decode challenge inside the tomb in order to test your knowledge about this path. This is a difficult challenge, but the rewards, including a peek at the afterlife, and a fantastic Anubis mask wearable, are well worth the effort required. Clues to this challenge are available throughout the region, in the archaeological dig sites especially.


At the Valley’s far end, a guide waits holding a tethered hot air balloon. Sit in the balloon and enjoy a selection of guided audio tours of the valley as you soar above it. At the compass rose observation station, test your knowledge against several quizzes, and add to your Heritage Key points. Then take the return balloon, on a different path across the Valley for an entirely new perspective.


Discover the treasures of the Valley of the Kings all around you. Look, and listen, to the stories the Valley has to tell. While some artefacts have already been removed to the museum in Cairo, their shadows remain and you can see where they once stood. Other artefacts are still in place, and can tell you much about Egyptian history, if you look closely.

As well, there are many side adventures, gifts for both ladies and gentlemen tucked into trunks and treasure chests, and opportunities to learn more through audio recordings, displays, and the artefacts and Egyptologists themselves.
To book your immediate trip back in time to the 1920s, and to the Valley of the Kings, where you can experience the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun for yourself, visit now, or if you have a Heritage Key account already and wish to teleport directly to the Valley of the Kings from this web page, click here