December 1, 2009 |
The next blockbuster show to be hosted by the Franklin Institute is "Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt. " The for-profit exhibition will make its worldwide debut in Philadelphia, running from June 5 to Jan. 2, 2011, before moving on to four other cities. By importing "Cleopatra," the science museum hopes to repeat some of the box-office success of "Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs," which also ran for seven months and drew 1.3 million visitors to the Franklin in 2007.
September 30, 2007 |
With only one weekend to go, the Franklin Institute wanted to cram every last second it could into its nearly eight-month King Tut exhibit. So it did just that. The doors to Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs have been open since Friday morning at 8:30, allowing visitors to come calling at the throne of the legendary boy-king at all hours. The traveling exhibit closes to the public tonight at 11. Although getting into the show during the day would be nearly impossible, Karen Corbin, the Franklin Institute's vice president for programs, marketing and business development, said Tut fans still had a chance to see it by buying tickets at the museum during the day for the show at night.
September 5, 2007 |
With its long run in Philadelphia, Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs at the Franklin Institute is "on pace" to break the U.S. traveling-exhibition attendance record for a single city, the Franklin says. The show has sold 1.18 million tickets - 1.13 million of which have been used - and has a month to go in its eight-month Philadelphia visit, prompting museum officials to predict yesterday that it will break the previous record of 1.3 million visitors set in 1977 when Treasures of Tutankhamun visited the Field Museum in Chicago.
September 1, 2007 |
Egypt's top antiquities official was down in the fabled tomb of Tutankhamun a few weeks ago - doing a television interview, of all things - when he noticed something curious he had never seen before. In a back room closed to public view, Zahi Hawass spotted a cluster of reed boxes crammed with plaster fragments and limestone seals used to stamp hieroglyphs. Intrigued, the scholar took a closer look and saw that both were marked with a trio of icons - sun, scarab and basket - whose meaning he recognized instantly: Neb-kheperu-re, the throne name of the boy pharaoh.
May 23, 2007 |
Imagine the thrill British archaeologist Howard Carter felt when he discovered King Tut's tomb after scouring the Egyptian desert for years. Can't see yourself unearthing gold artifacts and the king's sarcophagi? Then try to remember going on childhood scavenger hunts, scurrying around the neighborhood for soda bottles, a library card and a picture of Mike Schmidt. Add a bit of 21st-century technology, and you have geocaching - a craze that is spreading around the world. "It's the thrill of the hunt," says Brian Vaughan of Narberth, who has been caching with his wife and two children for almost three years.
May 10, 2007 |
Chocolate made in the likeness of King Tut seemed like a sweet - and timely - idea to West Chester's own chocolate king, Christopher Curtin. Curtin, proprietor of ?clat Chocolate, created three delicately formed chocolates for the Franklin Institute exhibit "Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs. " Curtin makes desserts in the shape of King Tut's head, a winged scarab and hieroglyphic chocolate shards to celebrate the pharaonic exhibit in Philadelphia, which continues until Sept.
March 23, 2007 |
The King Tut exhibit at the Franklin Institute is dull, dark and disappointing. But at least the lines are long. More than 600,000 people viewed "Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs" in the show's first six weeks in Philadelphia. Rarely have so many paid so much to see an itty, bitty liver casket. That was my sucker moment. I stood there, beholding the box that once stored Tut's bile, and began to feel rather poorly myself. Thirty-two bucks per ticket, plus parking and numbingly long lines, for this?
February 4, 2007 |
Sure, that Street fellow is still in charge through the rest of the year. And Fattah, Knox and the rest are busy angling for his seat. But there's a new ruler in Philadelphia, starting yesterday: Tutankhamun. If tickets were ballots, Tut would already have blown past all those other guys - with more than 400,000 sold so far for dates between now and September. He's got better bling, too. First-day visitors marveled as they wandered through room after room of glittering Egyptian history at the Franklin Institute, including items from the boy king's tomb and from other Egyptian royals of his time.
February 2, 2007 |
THE EXPLOSION of technology and the good economic times of the early 20th century triggered a gold rush of sorts, leading to inventions and explorations that became media events and created heroes, dead and alive. A race to find the South Pole led to lifelong fame for its 1911 discoverer, Roald Amundsen, and similar media attention for his competitors, such as Ernest Shackleton and Robert F. Scott. Charles Lindbergh became an icon by winning the race to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
February 2, 2007 |
They say you can't take it with you, but Tutankhamun sure tried. Sent to the afterlife in a solid-gold sarcophagus, the boy king was accompanied by a burial treasure trove so extravagant it included a second sarcophagus, fashioned of gold and semiprecious stones, just to hold his mummified liver. On Saturday, the glittering liver coffin and 130 other artifacts go on display at the Franklin Institute, as the traveling exhibition "Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs" begins what promises to be a blockbuster seven-month Philadelphia run. Advance ticket sales have already reached 400,000, the largest presale in the museum's history.