The people of Toronto are coming out in droves to catch a glimpse of the treasures of Tutankhamun ticket sales to the Art Gallery of Ontarios blockbuster exhibition King Tut: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs have reached 250,000.
The exhibition is drawing thousands of new visitors to the AGO, says Matthew Teitelbaum, the AGOs Michael and Sonja Koerner Director, and CEO. Our exit surveys indicate that over 70 percent of visitors to King Tut have never been to the new AGO. Were thrilled with this response, and look forward to welcoming many more new faces in the coming weeks.
The best times for the most leisurely visits to the exhibition are weekdays or Wednesday evenings, when the Gallery stays open until 8:30 p.m. Adult tickets are $28.50 on weekdays, $4.00 less than weekend prices. Weekend tickets are still available through the remainder of the exhibition, but due to high demand visitors are encouraged to book in advance via www.ago.net
, or by visiting the Gallery box office in person.
The popularity of the exhibition coincides with a major study published Feb. 17, 2010 in The Journal of the American Medicine Association, which traced the lineage of King Tut based on the DNA of ancient mummies, and revealed that malaria may have been a contributing factor to King Tuts death. The exhibition features many artifacts from King Tuts direct ancestors, as well as a special National Geographic science display that includes images from CT scans of King Tuts mummified remains.
With Tut fever sweeping across the city, the AGO is hoping to set a Guinness World Record on Sunday, Feb. 28 for the most people tutting in one place at one time. Tutting is a popular style of hip-hop dance inspired by ancient Egypt, and the Gallery has already signed up more than the 250 dancers needed to set the record. All registrants receive a free general admission ticket and are entered to win a variety of special prizes, including a King Tut VIP Package from the Westin Harbour Castle. Registration is still open at www.ago.net/tutting-registration.
The AGO is offering kids a chance to Go Camping with a King at its popular annual March Break Art Camp, running from March 15 to 19 for kids aged 6 through 13. Inspired by the exhibition and the wonders of ancient Egypt, kids will react, respond, and create, building artistic skills and nurturing their imaginations. More information can be found at www.ago.net/march-break-art-camp-2010.
King Tut: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs is part of an ambitious exhibition season at the AGO, which focuses on contemporary art on the leading edge. Wangechi Mutu: This You Call Civilization? opens on February 24; and Sculpture as Time: Major Works. New Acquisitions. and Anselm Kiefer: Palmsonntag open March 4. Already open are Rembrandt / Freud: Etchings from Life, and Françoise Sullivan: Inner Force Winner of the 2008 Gershon Iskowitz Prize at the AGO.