LACMA Extends Hours of ‘Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs’ Exhibition

Museum Exhibition Will be Open 24 Hours a Day Starting November 18

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 10 /PRNewswire/ — The touring exhibition, “Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs” will extend its hours of operation at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) to 24 hours daily beginning November 18 through its final day on November 20, 2005. Tickets for the extended hours, as well as tickets for normal operating hours are now available. The exhibition is organized by National Geographic, AEG Exhibitions and Arts and Exhibitions International, with cooperation from the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities, and sponsored by Northern Trust.

“We’ve been so pleased with the response for the 5 day extension of King Tut at LACMA,” said LACMA President Melody Kanschat. “This unique 48 hour viewing provides another opportunity for us to share the exhibition with as many people as possible and to celebrate the way the people of Los Angeles have embraced the ‘Treasures of Tutankhamen.’ Plenty of tickets are still available.”

With more than 860,000 tickets sold since the exhibition opened on June 16, 2005, “Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs” has become the second most popular exhibition in LACMA’s history, exceeded only by the 1978 exhibition “Treasures of Tutankhamen.”

“We are very excited that the first tour stop has been such a success. We look forward to the extension as a way for even more Californians to see this priceless exhibition,” said William A. Osborn of Northern Trust Corporation, presenting sponsor of the exhibition.

TICKET AND TOUR INFORMATION

Visitors to “Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs” can view more than 130 artifacts from the tombs of King Tut, several of his relatives and his 18th Dynasty (1555 B.C. to 1305 B.C.) contemporaries. All of the treasures in the exhibition are between 3,300 and 3,500 years old.

After the exhibition completes its run in Los Angeles on November 20, 2005, it will travel to the Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale (opens December 15, 2005); The Field Museum, Chicago (opens May 26, 2006) and The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia (opens February 3, 2007).

Treasures from Tutankhamun’s tomb were last displayed in the United States during a seven-city tour from 1976 to 1979, which included LACMA and The Field Museum and set traveling exhibition attendance records with some eight million visitors.

Tickets to “Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs” are available for many remaining exhibit dates. School group rates start at $6, and individual tickets range from $15 to $30. Exhibition hours begin at 8 a.m. seven days a week. A children’s activity center (“The Pharaoh’s World”) is available free of charge to all LACMA visitors during the exhibition’s run. To assist patrons in the ticketing process, a real-time ticketing availability calendar is available at www.kingtut.org, which helps purchasers find the next available time slot. For information on tickets, please call 1-877-TUT-TKTS or 1-866-LAGROUP, or visit www.ticketmaster.com or www.KingTut.org. For more information on the exhibition, please visit www.nationalgeographic.com/tut or www.KingTut.org or www.lacma.org.

ABOUT LACMA

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, LACMA, is the premiere encyclopedic visual arts museum in the western United States. Established in 1965 as an independent institution, the museum has assembled a collection of approximately 100,000 works from around the world spanning the history of art from ancient times to the present. Through its far-reaching collections and extensive public programming, the museum is both a resource to and a reflection of Southern California’s many cultural communities and heritages. The museum draws hundreds of thousands of visitors annually and has more than 75,000 members. It is accredited through the American Association of Museums.

Location: LACMA is located at 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036. Pay parking is available in the lots at Wilshire Boulevard and Spaulding Avenue, and on Ogden Drive.

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