Skip to comments.King Tut Exhibit Could Prove to Be Gold Mine (Coming to the USA in 2005 for 27 month/4 city tour)
Posted on 12/03/2004 7:41:03 PM PST by NormsRevenge
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The gilded treasures of King Tutankhamun are on their way back to the United States in what could prove a gold rush for Egypt and big business.
"Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs" starts a 27-month tour of the United States in June 2005 that will mark the first return here in more than two decades of the precious artifacts buried with the mysterious boy king.
The exhibit is twice the size of the late-1970s King Tut global tour which launched an era of "blockbuster" museum exhibitions. This year's version will charge up to $30 per ticket and give corporate backers a share in the profits, heralding a new trend in partnerships between private companies, museums and the antiquities' home countries.
"It is a new business model. It seems like a lot of museums have trouble financially in organizing major exhibits. The costs are getting really exorbitant," said John Norman, president of Arts and Exhibitions International, one of the companies providing the funding.
AEI is joined by Anschutz Entertainment Group, which operates sports stadiums, promotes pop concerts and theatrical productions, and National Geographic (news - web sites) magazine.
The three entities will finance the entire costs of shipping, designing, installing and marketing the King Tut exhibit, and share profits with participating museums and Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities.
The concept is a major departure from the more philanthropic business sponsorship of the arts that gave new life to orchestras, theaters and art galleries in the late 20th century.
Zahi Hawass, secretary general of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, said he hoped Egypt would clear about $10 million in each of the four U.S. cities hosting the exhibit.
Hawass said the money will go toward building a new Grand Museum in Cairo as well as preserving other ancient Egyptian monuments such as the Pyramids and the Sphinx.
Tutankhamun ruled Egypt more than 3,000 years ago from the age of eight until his death as a teenager. His tomb, packed with golden treasures, was discovered in Luxor's Valley of the Kings in 1922 by British archeologist Howard Carter.
Organizers expect that up to three million people will visit the coming U.S. exhibit, which is commanding some of the highest ticket prices ever seen. Tickets for the an adult range from $15 to $30 dollars on the first stop at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Organizers defended the price, comparing it to the cost of a movie and dinner, or a ticket to the theater or a pop concert.
"Where can you go as an adult for $30 and see ancient Egyptian artifacts that are valued at over $650 million?," said Norman. "It is unfortunate that museums can't be free anymore, but those are the economics."
"King Tut" Treasure to Return to U.S. in 2005
I saw it at the Field Museum the last time it was in the States. Hard to believe it's been 30 years or so.
If tickets were $100 each, I'd be standing in line. I saw the Tut exhibit in Seattle last time it was on the continent, and am still in awe of the detail and craftsmanship of the pieces.
LA is a bit far for me tgo go though. Dang, I'd love to see that incredible artwork again.
It was incredible--I saw it in LA and SF back in the '70's. I hope I am able to see it again, this time with my own children.
Our friend's back in town.
Thanks for the ping. Definitly something to look forward to.
I would highly recomend the Nile cruise. Take time, when you do go, to spend a day or two in Aswan, visit the dam, sail in a falupa on the Nile. Also visit Memphis and the step pyramid and others there.
I did the camel thing too between a couple of the pyramids, and climbed into the "heart and sole" of the Great Pyramid, to the geometric center - Pyramid Power! Feel it! :)
Our hotel overlooked the pyramids at Giza. And if the haze lessened a bit we could see the pyramids at Memphis, all from the balcony of our room.
Remember, the Great Pyramid and the Spinx at Giza pre-date the flood. There is evidence on both. The original head of the Spinx was not a pharoh's head, but the head of a lion - Leo all the way originally. By the way, the beard of the Spinx in in the British Museum - delivered there with so many other of the ancient world's artifacts by the "Thieves of the World" (a.k.a. the British).
Yep. The "good stuff" will not be on display. ;^)
Thanks for the heads-up... I saw the Tut display in the '70s - very impressive.
And thank you for the link! That site has some nice media. I am normally too lazy to rip the DVDs. :)
He's my favorite honky.
Me too to your post #2 and me too to this one.
The British Museum or Metropolitan, both free (suggested donation on the Metropolitan). The Smithsonian/NGA doesn't have an extensive permanent Egyptian collection, but has a massive collection and has had excellent travelling Egyptian and Mayan exhibits in recent years, all free.
Ya, somebody pays, but they make a lot on donations, wand rentals, programs (paid lectures) and increased traffic in the gift shops and restaurants.
My major gripe with paid exhibits is that you have to pay every time, rather than getting a pass for the length of the exhibit, so if you want to see it 5 times, it costs a fortune. Unlike a movie, you have to see art multiple times. And trendy, paid exhibits are often crowded with tourists snapping pictures and asking you to get out of the way. I went to the Louvre last summer, and it was like Disneyworld.
I guess my recollection of that t-shirt (post 57) is at least recalled by someone else...
(about 1/4 down the linked page)
King Tut Exhibit Could Prove to Be Gold Mine
Reuters ^ | Fri, Dec 03, 2004 | Jill Serjeant
Posted on 12/03/2004 11:09:30 PM PST by SunkenCiv
King Tut, Part 2
NY Times ^ | Dec 7, 2004
Posted on 12/06/2004 7:26:13 PM PST by Tumbleweed_Connection
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