MUMMY MARATHON: DALLAS MUSEUM OF ART ANNOUNCES
EXTENDED HOURS FOR THE FINAL WEEKENDS OF KING TUT EXHIBITION
Closing Weekend May 15-17 Will Feature Round-the-Clock Hours, a
Half-Price “Mummy Midnight Madness” Ticket and More
DALLAS, TX (April 30, 2009) — Today the Dallas Museum of Art announced extended hours for the final weekends of “Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs” to accommodate the demand of last-minute ticket buyers, including a “Mummy Marathon” of round-the-clock hours and half-price tickets during the final two days of the exhibition. To date, more than 600,000 tickets have been sold to this once-in-a-lifetime presentation of treasures from the tomb of Tutankhamun and other ancient Egyptian sites, helping the Museum achieve its highest annual attendance and making it the most-visited exhibition in the Museum’s 100-year history.
For the first two Fridays and Saturdays in May (May 1-2 and May 8-9), “Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs” will be open for extended hours, from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Fridays (last ticket entry at 5:30 p.m.) and from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Saturdays (last ticket entry at 7:30 p.m.). Entry to the exhibition is on every half-hour. Visit DallasMuseumofArt.org/TUT for more details.
Closing weekend, May 15 to May 17, will include a Friday Late Night, more than 30 hours of round-the-clock access to the exhibition, ticket discounts, extended screening hours of Egypt 3D: Secrets of the Mummies, and Tut-related performances, films, family experiences, and more. Highlights will include:
- Final “Tut Around the Clock” Weekend – 34 HOURS OF TUT!: “Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs” will remain open until midnight on Friday, May 15. It will reopen at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 16, and will stay open continuously for its final day until 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 17, with entry to the exhibition every half-hour (last entrance is 5:30 p.m. on Sunday).
- Late Nights at the Dallas Museum of Art: Closing weekend kicks off with a “Late Night” on Friday, May 15, from 6 p.m. to midnight. The evening will include an Egyptian belly dance performance by Sandstorm, outdoor “mummy” movie viewings, Fresh Ink, tours, family experiences, and more. For a full schedule, visit DallasMuseumofArt.org.
- “Mummy Midnight Madness”: For closing weekend, all King Tut tickets will be half-price from midnight Saturday until 7:30 a.m. on Sunday. Adult tickets will be reduced from $32.50 to less than $17, and children’s tickets will be reduced to less than $9. Parking will be discounted to $10 during this time frame. “Mummy Midnight Madness” tickets will be available on Ticketmaster.com or at the Tut Box Office (additional fees may apply).
- Extended Hours Movie Screenings—Egypt 3-D: Secrets of the Mummies: Screenings will be held on every half-hour in the DMA’s Horchow Auditorium during extended exhibition hours. Tickets are available for $5 at Ticketmaster.com and at the DMA. Half-price tickets to the movie will be available from midnight Saturday, May 16, to 7:30 a.m. on Sunday. Part historic journey, part forensic adventure, Egypt 3-D: Secrets of the Mummies follows researchers and explorers as they piece together the archaeological and genetic clues of Egyptian mummies. The film tells the story of one of the greatest finds in modern history: the late 19th-century discovery of a cache of forty mummies, including twelve kings of Egypt, among them the legendary Ramses the Great.
Other programs, all of which are family friendly, will be available for the closing weekend of the exhibition on both Saturday, May 16, and Sunday, May 17. On Saturday, Museum staff will provide a “TUTorial” in the Center for Creative Connections Theater to discuss King Tut and life in ancient Egypt. On both Saturday and Sunday afternoons, families can join Museum staff for a Collection Highlight Tour through the Museum’s galleries or in C3 for Studio Creations, where participants can let their imaginations be their guides to create interpretations of works of art in the Museum’s collections. On Saturday, visitors can take part in Sketching in the Galleries or sit back and watch the Performances in the Galleries. Saturday evening enjoy diner and a movie with all night screenings of The Mummy starring Boris Karloff in the Atrium Café. For detailed information on all the programs available during closing weekend, visit DallasMuseumofArt.org
Additional ticket discounts available until May 17 include the “Family 4-Pack” and the Military Discount. The “Family 4-Pack” includes two adult and two youth tickets for $56 (Monday–Thursday) or $76 (Friday–Sunday). Adult admission for active duty military members is $15 per ticket, for up to four tickets. The presentation of a valid military ID at the Tutankhamun box office is necessary to receive the discount. For more information, please visit KingTutOffers.com.
Tickets to the exhibition at the Dallas Museum of Art can be purchased now at 1-877-TUT-TKTS or www.ticketmaster.com. Group tickets for 10 or more are available at 214-922-1222 or groupsales@DallasMuseumofArt.org. For additional information about tickets and hotel packages, please visit www.DallasMuseumofArt.org/TUT.
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
Running October 3, 2008, through May 17, 2009, at the Dallas Museum of Art, this engagement of “Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs” marks the first time these treasures have visited the Southwest region. The exhibition includes an extensive array of more than 130 extraordinary artifacts from the tomb of Tutankhamun and other ancient Egyptian sites, providing insight into the lives of King Tut and other royals of the 18th Dynasty (1555 B.C.–1305 B.C.). The treasures in the exhibition are more than 3,000 years old.
The exhibition is organized by National Geographic, Arts and Exhibitions International and AEG Exhibitions, with cooperation from the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities. Northern Trust is the presenting sponsor of the encore tour, and American Airlines is the official airline of the exhibition. The Dallas engagement is presented in partnership with the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau and is supported locally by Kroger, DART, The Dallas Morning News, D Magazine/People Newspapers, CBS 11 and KERA.
About the Dallas Museum of Art
Located in the vibrant Arts District of downtown Dallas, Texas, the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) ranks among the leading art institutions in the country and is distinguished by its innovative exhibitions and groundbreaking educational programs. At the heart of the Museum and its programs is its encyclopedic collections, which encompass more than 23,000 works and span 5,000 years of history, representing a full range of world cultures. Established in 1903, the Museum today welcomes more than 700,000 visitors annually and acts as a catalyst for community creativity, engaging people of all ages and backgrounds with a diverse spectrum of programming, from exhibitions and lectures to concerts, literary readings and dramatic and dance presentations. The Dallas Museum of Art is supported in part by the generosity of Museum members and donors and by the citizens of Dallas through the City of Dallas/Office of Cultural Affairs and the Texas Commission on the Arts.