Monday, June 25, 2007

Exhibition: Tutankhamun a success in Philadelphia

Dallas News (Peter Neville-Hadley)

If it's well known that Philadelphia is Greek for "brotherly love," it's perhaps not yet common knowledge that Tutankhamun is Egyptian for "big business." But Philadelphians certainly know this. Such is their brotherly love for the renowned boy king who took the throne of Egypt in 1332 B.C. that more than 400,000 tickets were sold for the latest blockbuster exhibition, "Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs," even before it opened in February at the city's Franklin Institute.

Philadelphia is treating this event as a golden opportunity to give itself over to a seven-month celebration of all things Egyptian. There's a supplementary exhibition at the University of Pennsylvania's Penn Museum. Many restaurants offer Egyptian menu options, and there are hotel-ticket packages.

But not even all this promotion can outshine the glory of the objects on display.

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