Friday, July 20, 2007

Exhibition: Crowding at Tutankhamun in Philadelphia


A short but clearly stated rebuke to the Franklin Institute about crowds at the Tutankhamun exhibition at the Franlklin Institute.

This is a cautionary tale: Last week we went to Philadelphia's Franklin Institute to
check out the traveling exhibit, Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharoahs. We're pretty hard-core Egyptology buffs, so we had been looking forward to it for a month. The show was pretty cool (despite the absence of the death mask which appeared in all the advertisements) but we just couldn't enjoy it, because it was too crowded.

The exhibit opened in February and is still drawing huge crowds, which is gratifying -- but having purchased a timed ticket, we assumed we'd be able to lovingly coo over every shabti and royal headdress. Instead, the areas around each display case were six people deep, at least.

See the above page for the full story.

I will just have learned how many "l"s there are in Philadelphia when the exhbition moves.

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