Thursday, May 06, 2010

Exhibition: Tut in Toronto drew more than 400,000 visitors

The Globe and Mail (Guy Dixon)

King Tut still pulls them in, but not quite like 1979.

The exhibit King Tut: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs, which is closing this week at Toronto’s Art Gallery of Ontario after a 24-week run, attracted more than 400,000 visitors to see the various artifacts and accoutrements of the eternal boy king.

That’s less than the record attendance of more than 750,000 who visited Tut’s first show at the AGO in 1979, a record that’s particularly astounding given that the exhibition only lasted two months.

The museum wasn’t expecting such high numbers for Tut’s repeat performance three decades later.

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