Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Tutankhamun - closing stats

"With a closing rush, King Tut's tally at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art reached 937,613 visitors, museum officials said Monday — the second-largest audience for any museum exhibition after the 1.25 million who saw the touring display from the Boy King's tomb that came to the museum in 1978."Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs" closed at midnight Sunday, ending a three-day marathon of round-the-clock viewing. In its six-month run, the show was seen by 198,000 children (80,000 of whom came with school groups), 87,500 senior citizens and 9,700 students 18 and older, LACMA reported. Sixty-four percent of the audience came from outside Los Angeles County, according to data from periodic surveys the museum conducted, and 18% were from out of state. Although final accounting wasn't complete, LACMA President Melody Kanschat said the museum expects to reap $2.5 million in profit from its arrangement with AEG, the sports and entertainment company that organized Tut's four-city U.S. tour. Zahi Hawass, head of the Egyptian government's antiquities agency, said the LACMA show earned $8.6 million for his nation's ambitious conservation and museum-building projects — a tad short of his goal of $9 million. Tut's next stop is the Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, where officials say that nearly 300,000 tickets have been sold for a four-month run opening Dec. 15".
This is the complete item on the CalendarLive.com website.

Plus, more on the final closing night at the exhibition on the Contra Costa Times website:

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