Thursday, January 25, 2007

Exhibition: Tutankhamun

"Though the new Tut tour the past two years has appeared in art museums like the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Fort Lauderdale Art Museum, as well as the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, it was turned down by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York be cause of the museum's policy against charging fees for special exhibitions. (The municipally supported Met has a system of suggested donations.)
Backers of the new tour hoped that the absence of the sarcophagus would not discourage real fans of Tut this time around, and by and large that has proved true. Al though the'76 tour garnered 8 million paying visitors and set records for a traveling exhibition, "The Golden Age of the Pharaohs" has already attracted more than a million viewers in both Chicago and Los Angeles, a good 200,000 more visitors apiece than either venue expected. That will not break the record of the first Tut tour, but it will more than achieve the financial goals of the new project."
See the above page for the full story.

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