CHICAGO, Jan. 9 /PRNewswire/ — It was a hit in L.A. — now it’s Chicago’s turn to see King Tut’s treasures. Tickets for The Field Museum’s Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs exhibition go on sale at 9 a.m. on January 24, 2006.
In 1977, The Field Museum broke attendance records when more than 1.3 million people bought long-awaited tickets for the first King Tut exhibition. The Field Museum anticipates similar excitement surrounding the 2006 exhibition.
The new exhibition opens on May 26, 2006, and features more than 130 ancient artifacts excavated from the tomb of Tutankhamun and other royal tombs in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings. The artifacts include a diadem that Tut wore both in life and death, a child-size ebony and ivory throne, and a coffin believed to be that of Tut’s great-grandmother.
Along with the artifacts, visitors can see CT scans of Tutankhamun’s mummy, part of a landmark five-year Egyptian research and conservation project partially funded by National Geographic. The scans reveal interesting facts about the circumstances of Tutankhamun’s death.
King Tut was organized by National Geographic, Arts and Exhibitions International and AEG Exhibitions in association with the Supreme Council of Antiquities of Egypt and The Field Museum. The tour is sponsored by Northern Trust. Its Chicago sponsor is Exelon, proud parent of ComEd. Chicago is the exhibition’s third stop on a tour that includes Los Angeles, Ft. Lauderdale and Philadelphia.
Tickets to Tut are $25 for adults, $22 for seniors and students with ID, and $16 for children aged 4-11. For tickets, call 800-FIELD-03 or visit http://www.fieldmuseum.org/ . For further information, call The Field Museum at (312) 922-9410.