L.A. hotels tie packages with 'Pharaohs' exhibit

LOS ANGELES -- Several hotels here created packages for travelers interested in seeing the "Pharaohs of the Sun" exhibit's only West Coast showing of ancient Egyptian treasures.

The Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau teamed with several area hotels to offer packages in conjunction with the exhibit, which runs through June 4 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).

The plans include accommodations, tickets to the exhibit and VIP admission to other Los Angeles museums.

Participating hotels include the Century Plaza Hotel, Doubletree Guest Suites Santa Monica, Embassy Suites LAX North, the Grafton on Sunset, Holiday Inn Los Angeles Downtown, Le Montrose Suite Hotel, Le Parc Suite Hotel, Luxe Summit Hotel Bel-Air, Park Hyatt Los Angeles at Century City, Regent Beverly Wilshire, Renaissance Beverly Hills and the W Los Angeles Westwood.

The Pharaohs exhibit, organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, is considered to be one of the most important displays of Egyptian art and culture in recent decades.

The display covers the Amarna Age (1353 to 1336 B.C.) when Pharaoh Akhenaten ruled Egypt.

Among the exhibits are 250 pieces of sculpture, ceramics, jewelry and objects from daily life that were culled from 35 museums and private collections from around the world.

The artifacts include two statues from the Cairo Museum that have never been outside of Egypt and a three-dimensional model of the city of Amarna, renowned for its buildings, which were constructed with walls, floors and ceilings painted or inlaid with mosaic tiles.

Some tile fragments are on display as well as objects from everyday life, including a toilet seat, music instruments, oil lamps and a clothing fragment.

The exhibit is the largest collection of objects from Amarna since the city was abandoned 3,500 years ago.

The exhibit requires an admission fee in addition to the LACMA's entrance fee.

The prices for the exhibit are $15 for adults on weekends and $12.50 on weekdays; $12 for students and seniors ages 62 and over on weekends and $10 on weekdays. The cost is $5 for children ages 6 to 17 on weekends and weekdays; children ages 5 and under are admitted free.

Other art and cultural exhibits at Los Angeles museums this spring include "Rhythms of the Soul" at the California African American Museum, exploring the influence of African music on modern society; "Common Ground: The Heart of Community" at the Japanese American National Museum; "Land of Golden Dreams: California in the Gold Rush" at the Huntington Library, and the "Cultural Paradise of Indies" at the Pacific Asia Museum, featuring the photography of Lindsay Hobbord.

For additional information on the "Pharaohs of the Sun" exhibit, call (877) 522-6225.

For more details on the packages, contact the hotels directly or the LACVB at (213) 624-7300.

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