Fort Lauderdale generates $150M from King Tut exhibit

As the Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs exhibit heads into its final days at the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, the museum calculated that it has brought an estimated $150 million in revenue to the city.

According to the museum, more than 640,000 tickets have been sold during its four-month run, many of them from outside the area; Tut hotel packages alone added up to more than $1 million in room revenue, the museum reported.  

To accommodate the demand for the exhibition, the museum has extended viewing hours until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights through the end of its run April 23.

The exhibit includes more than 130 artifacts from the tombs of King Tut and those of his relatives and contemporaries from the 18th Dynasty, dating from 1555 B.C. to 1305 B.C.

Before the current run of shows, the artifacts from the exhibit last appeared in the U.S. during a seven-city tour from 1976 to 1979. This time around, the show concluded its run in Los Angeles Nov. 20 prior to making its debut in Fort Lauderdale Dec. 15.

After leaving Fort Lauderdale, the show will move to The Field Museum in Chicago, May 26 to Jan. 1, followed by a stint at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, Feb. 3 to Sept. 30, 2007.

Tickets to the Tut exhibit at the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale are priced from $14 to $30 and can be purchased by calling (877) 787-7711 or on the Web at www.ticketmaster.com. For more information about the exhibition, visit www.nationalgeographic.com/tut or www.kingtut.org.

To contact the reporter who wrote this article, send e-mail to David Cogswell at [email protected].

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