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    Record-Setting 1 Million King Tut Tickets Sold at The Field

    Date: 19 Dec 2006 | | Views: 4478

    CHICAGO - More than one million tickets have been sold for The Field Museum's blockbuster exhibition Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs. The exhibition opened May 26, 2006 and will continue through January 1, 2007. Due to Tut's vast popularity, The Field Museum has extended the hours of operation to accommodate the public. The Museum has opened one hour earlier — at 8 a.m. — throughout December, and closes at 11 p.m. on select days. WHEN: May 26, 2006 to January 1, 2007 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, with extended viewing until 11 p.m. on select days.

    Coffinette for the Viscera of Tutankhamun, Egypt (detail). © Andreas F., Voegelin, Antikenmuseum.
    Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs includes more than 130 treasures from Tut's tomb and his 18th dynasty Egyptian ancestors. All treasures are between 3,000 and 3,500 years old, and many have never before left Egypt. Visitors will also explore the fascinating period of religious turmoil and artistic creativity during Tut's reign, and discover what new technologies are revealing about the king's life and mysterious death. An audio tour narrated by Omar Sharif is available as well.

    A few fun facts about Tut's current run to date ... — A record-setting 1 million tickets have been sold, a first-ever for any ticketed exhibition at the Museum. — More than 5,000 Tut Memberships for special viewings and 6,000 regular Museum Memberships have been sold since the exhibition's opening. — More than 140 special Tut events have been booked, including corporate parties and benefits. — More than 110,000 tickets have been sold to groups, hotels and other clients. — Museum gift shops have sold an estimated 9,000 ankh mood rings, which retails at $3.50. The exhibition is organized by National Geographic, AEG Exhibitions, and Arts and Exhibitions International, with cooperation from the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities. Northern Trust is the presenting sponsor and Exelon, Proud Parent of ComEd, is the associate sponsor in Chicago.

    Source: artdaily.com

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