Pharaonic success for the Tutankhamun exhibition
Record attendance, openings until midnight ..."Tutankhamun, the Pharaoh's Treasure" closed its doors on Sunday evening, officially becoming the most visited exhibition in history in France.
In six months, 1,423,170 visitors flocked to admire part of the treasure of the young pharaoh, who ruled more than 3,300 years ago.
Egypt is still popular.The exhibition swept away the previous attendance record held by "Tutankhamun and his time", nicknamed the "exhibition of the century".It had attracted more than 1.24 million visitors in 1967 in Paris .
The image had marked the Parisians: large lines forming on Avenue Winston-Churchill and the Champs-Élysées to come and discover 45 objects from the illustrious tomb at the Petit Palais.
Faced with the success - up to 12,000 people per day - this exhibition-event, inaugurated by the Minister of Culture at the time, André Malraux, had been extended by two and a half months.
No massive queues around La Villette, in north-east Paris, for the 2019 exhibition, presented by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities and the IMG company, in collaboration with the Louvre, which notably lent the statue of Amun protecting Tutankhamun, visible at the entrance.
An online reservation system allowing to choose a time slot had been set up.150,000 tickets had been sold on the internet even before the opening.
A system also used for the other “blockbuster exhibition” of the year in Paris, “Leonardo da Vinci” at the Louvre (in October), with reservations only online and open since mid-June.
Posted Date: 2021-01-04