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Friday, December 16, 2005

Tip About a Philadelphia Show
Sign Up Online to Secure King Tut Tix
Ancient Egypt's golden boy created a sensation on his first U.S. visit, in the late 1970s, and he's doing it again. With the help of a curator from Penn.

Tut and his treasure trove sold about 900,000 tickets in just four months for the L.A. show., which stayed open 24/7 in October to meet demand. Already, Fort Lauderdale has sold 300,000 -- in advance of the show's opening on Thursday. Then it's on to Chicago's Field Museum, starting in late May.

Luckily, the fourth and final U.S. stop is the Franklin Institute, starting Feb. 3, 2007.

UPDATE: But signups for reservations have already begun for individuals. You can lock in up to 8 adult tickets and 8 child tickets. They're also available for groups.

You don't actually buy the tickets yet. You sign up online to "print a ticketing certificate to guarantee your tickets." There's no cost or obligation until the actual ticket sale begins, sometime next fall.

At that point, an email will tell you how to complete a purchase -- and select from the most desirable days and times -- before people who didn't sign up get a shot.

Stow that certificate in a safe place. Later, you'll be asked for the numbers on it.

U.S. curator David Silverman of the University of Pennsylvania Museum, who also worked on the previous tour, is quoted in a Palm Beach Post article that this show not only displays beautiful objects from Tut's tomb, it includes artifacts that tell a tale about his ancestors.

Pictured is the gilded wood coffin for Tut's mummified internal organs.

Fort Lauderdale ticket information. As for Chicago, people can still pre-register, in advance of next month's sale. If you like, you can even sign up for London, which won't see Tut for nearly two years.


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