Opens Oct. 13 at Science Museum of Minnesota

The mysteries of this north African country are unearthed in a traveling exhibition. Find out how archaeologists use science and technology to uncover ancient civilizations, and learn about Egypt's past and present through hands-on activities. The exhibit features human and animal mummies, forensic facial reconstructions and scans. Unveiled for the first time is a life-size rapid prototype of a mummy in a stage of "unwrapping." Hands-on activities include puzzles, a guide to interpreting hieroglyphics and a walk through a re-created tomb hallway.

$10-$13. 120 W. Kellogg Blvd, St. Paul. www.smm.org

"Batman Live": Gotham City's hero arrives at Xcel Energy Center for this world arena tour. Adapted from Batman comics, the story centers on Robin's quest for justice as his mentor fights the Penguin, Joker and Riddler. If that's not enough excitement, a newly designed Batmobile will make tracks through the arena.

7:30 p.m. Thu.; 3:30 & 7:30 Fri.; 11 a.m., 3:30 & 7:30 p.m. Sat.; 1 & 5 p.m. next Sun. $75-$90. Xcel Energy Center, W. 7th and Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul. 1-800-982-2787 or ticketmaster.com.

Cirque du Soleil's "Dralion": This energetic show fuses the 3,000-year-old tradition of Chinese acrobatics with the multidisciplinary approach of Cirque du Soleil to tell the story of a quest for balance between nature and humans. The title is derived from the dragon, symbolizing the East, and the lion, symbolizing the West.

7:30 p.m. Sept. 19-20; 3:30 & 7:30 Sept. 21-22; 1 & 5 p.m. Sept. 23. $32-$80. Target Center, 600 1st Av. N., Mpls. 1-800-982-2787 or ticketmaster.com.

"Masters of Illusion Live!": This is not your ordinary pull-a-rabbit-out-of-a-hat show. The touring magic show is based on the award-winning television series. Ever see a taxicab magically appear or a grand piano float through the air? There will be illusionists, escape artists, tigers, dancers and comedy magic.

7:30 p.m. Sept. 21. $45.50-$53.50. State Theatre, 805 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls. 1-800-982-2787 or ticketmaster.com.

"The Amazing Castle": Young ones need not be of royal birth to enjoy this returning interactive adventure. Every hand is needed to ensure that life is happy inside castle walls. Every visiting lord and lady can play a role such as a tailor, jester or carpenter at several activity stations.

Opens Oct. 6. $9.50. Minnesota Children's Museum, 10 W. 7th St., St. Paul. 651-225-6000.

"Then Now Wow": Check out some of the things that have made the Land of 10,000 Lakes what it is at the Minnesota History Center's new permanent exhibit. Go underground to an Iron Range mine and drill ore. Sit in a tepee and learn about Dakota history. See the emergency door exit from the school bus that was on the Interstate 35W bridge when it collapsed. Opening weekend activities include photo opportunities with Paul Bunyan, break-dancing, history performances, trivia, crafts, games and prizes.

Opens Nov. 23. $6-$11. Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul. www.mnhs.org.