Monday, October 17, 2005

Ticket Prices and Tutankhamun
An article about the financing of the Tutankhamun exhibition: "New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, which hosted the Treasures of Tutankhamen in 1978 and helped organize the original tour, declined to show Tut this time, citing a 1987 policy of not charging for individual exhibitions. The Met's suggested admission is $15. Ticket prices for Tutankhamun were set by the host museums and Arts & Exhibitions International, which co-produced the exhibition with National Geographic and also produced Diana. The show is financed by AEG, formerly the Anschutz Entertainment Group, which owns and operates the Staples Center in Los Angeles and promotes rock concerts. Ticket prices factor in a $5 million guarantee per museum for the Egyptian government, which owns the artifacts and stands to receive as much as $10 million per venue if the show meets certain attendance goals. Each of the museums hosting the exhibition agreed to the terms, says Arts & Exhibitions International founder and President John Norman. The money will be spent to build new museums in Cairo and to restore Egypt's archaeological treasures. But some question the value of paying four times the normal price of admission to see an exhibition while jostling for space with hundreds, perhaps a thousand other people".


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Anonymous said...

Can we have that again in English please?

Andie said...


Thanks for pointing out that comment, which I had missed completely. You're right - it wasn't English, and it was also a piece of blatant advertising. I have deleted it.