LACMA Extends Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs Exhibition Through November 20
LOS ANGELES, Nov. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The touring exhibition, Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs will extend its run at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) through November 20, 2005 to accommodate the overwhelming demand for tickets. The exhibition, which is organized by National Geographic, AEG Exhibitions and Arts and Exhibitions International, with cooperation from the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities, and sponsored by Northern Trust, was originally scheduled to close on November 15, 2005. "It is a privilege to have the King Tut exhibition here in Los Angeles," said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. "Los Angeles is home to some of the most unique and beautiful cultures. It is only fitting that such a unique exhibition comes to such a unique city." With more than 850,000 tickets sold since the exhibition opened on June 16, 2005, Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs has become the second most popular exhibition in LACMA's history, exceeded only by the 1978 visit of Treasures of Tutankhamun. "LACMA has enjoyed the opportunity to reach a fantastic new audience through the exhibition, Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs," said LACMA President Melody Kanschat. "Forty-three percent of King Tut visitors had not been to the museum previously and 24% visited more than two years ago. We continue to welcome viewers both fresh and familiar during King Tut's extended stay." "We are very excited that the first tour stop has been such a success. We look forward to the extension as a way for even more Californians to see this priceless exhibition," said William A. Osborn of Northern Trust Corporation, presenting sponsor of the exhibition. Exhibition tickets are available every day beginning at 8 a.m. through November 20, and there are extended viewing hours every evening. To assist patrons in the ticketing process, a real-time ticket availability calendar is available at www.KingTut.org, which helps purchasers find the next available time slot. TICKET AND TOUR INFORMATION Visitors to Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs can view more than 130 artifacts from the tombs of King Tut, several of his relatives and his 18th Dynasty (1555 B.C. to 1305 B.C.) contemporaries. All of the treasures in the exhibition are between 3,300 and 3,500 years old. After the exhibition ends its run in Los Angeles on November 20, 2005, it will travel to the Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale (opens December 15, 2005); The Field Museum, Chicago (opens May 26, 2006) and The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia (opens February 3, 2007). Treasures from Tutankhamun's tomb were last displayed in the United States during a seven-city tour from 1976 to 1979, which included LACMA and The Field Museum and set traveling exhibition attendance records with some eight million visitors. Tickets to Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs are still available for many fall dates. School group rates start at $6, and individual tickets range from $15 to $30. Exhibition hours begin at 8 a.m. seven days a week, with extended hours every evening. A children's activity center ("The Pharaoh's World") is available free of charge to all LACMA visitors during the exhibition's run. For information on tickets, please call 1-877-TUT-TKTS or 1-866-LAGROUP, or visit www.ticketmaster.com or www.KingTut.org. For more information on the exhibition, please visit www.nationalgeographic.com/tut or www.KingTut.org or www.lacma.org. ABOUT LACMA The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, LACMA, is the premiere encyclopedic visual arts museum in the western United States. Established in 1965 as an independent institution, the museum has assembled a collection of approximately 100,000 works from around the world spanning the history of art from ancient times to the present. Through its far-reaching collections and extensive public programming, the museum is both a resource to and a reflection of Southern California's many cultural communities and heritages. The museum draws hundreds of thousands of visitors annually and has more than 75,000 members. It is accredited through the American Association of Museums. Location: LACMA is located at 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036. Pay parking is available in the lots at Wilshire Boulevard and Spaulding Avenue, and on Ogden Drive. CONTACT: Laura Calliari, GolinHarris 213-623-4200 ext. 774 firstname.lastname@example.org
SOURCE AEG Exhibitions
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