It doesn’t get any more mega than this – mark your calendar now for the third weekend in February so that you’ll be sure to see Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs for free courtesy of Target. (Believe it or not, San Francisco County yearns for its very own Tar-ghey – such a store would be packed 24-7, srsly. But anyway…)
There are some rules, of course:
“Tickets will be available on site only, with a limit of four tickets per adult for that day. All tickets are first-come, first-served and timed and dated.”
On the other hand:
“The permanent collections of the de Young will be free to the public all weekend and free programming will include children’s art making, fortune tellers, tarot card readers, belly and sword dancers and a dj spinning in Wilsey Court, as well as a festival of mummy movies screened from noon to 5 pm in the Koret Auditorium.”
Join the commotion involving the Boy King:
Here’s some king bling – the cobra adjusts your attitude and, after you stop squirming, the vulture finishes you off. This is the view I had at the de Young – it’s behind some glass but you can get super close to it:
Click to expand. Respect.
Look at all the fuss they went to so that you and yours can come to town, park for free (probably, it’s really easy to park for free if you’re willing to walk a little to get to the museum – if you’re stuck in traffic or constantly circling, you’re doing it wrong) and see the show for free.
Lots of painstaking work involved:
Check out all the gritty nitty of this special upcoming weekend after the jump.
See you there!
FREE KING TUT WEEKEND SPONSORED BY TARGET
Free admission to the de Young and popular Tut exhibition for the weekend of Feb. 20-21
San Francisco, January 2010–Free tickets to the special exhibition Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs at the de Young will be available to the general public on Saturday, February 20, and Sunday, February 21, as part of a generous sponsorship by Target. Tickets will be available on site only, with a limit of four tickets per adult for that day. All tickets are first-come, first-served and timed and dated. The permanent collections of the de Young will be free to the public all weekend and free programming will include children’s art making, fortune tellers, tarot card readers, belly and sword dancers and a dj spinning in Wilsey Court, as well as a festival of mummy movies screened from noon to 5 pm in the Koret Auditorium.
There will be no advance ticketing for Free Tut Weekend Sponsored by Target.
Tickets are first-come, first-served with a limit of four tickets per adult. Demand will be high and Tut tickets for the day will be claimed early in the day.
Visitors without Tut tickets can visit the de Young’s permanent collection free of charge on both days and the Museum Store, Museum Café and Tower will also be open.
The de Young box office will open at 8:30 am on February 20–21 with first exhibition entry at 9 am.
Museum hours on February 20–21 will be from 9 am–5:15 pm with last entry to the Tut exhibition at 4 pm.
Strollers, baby carrying backpacks, diaper bags and regular backpacks must be checked before entering the special exhibition galleries.
Free Programming and Mummy Film Festival:
The de Young will be filled with free activities during Target Tut Free Weekend Sponsored by Target. Families can enjoy a children’s art project in the Piazzoni Murals Room where kids learn to engrave ancient hieroglyphics into copper foil. Belly and sword dancers will entertain visitors waiting to enter the Tut exhibition, and tarot card and fortune tellers will be on hand to predict the future. Enjoy the sounds of contemporary Egyptian music spun by a dj in Wilsey Court.
A special mummy film festival for all ages will take place in the Koret Auditorium from noon to 5 pm each day screening a mix of light-hearted and serious mummy classics such as The Mummy (1932), Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1955), King Tutankhamun: The Mystery Unsealed (2006), The Mummy: Hollywood’s Golden Age (2000) and Scooby-Doo in Where’s My Mummy? (2005). And what mummy festival would be complete without the Three Stooges classic, We Want Our Mummy? It too will be screened that weekend. All films are free and open to the public.
9:30am – 5pm Hands-on art making for all ages in Piazzoni Murals Room
11:30am – 3pm Fortune Teller and Tarot Reader in Wilsey Court
11am – 5pm Dj spinning Arab and Egyptian beats in Wilsey Court
11am – 5pm Mummy Movie Festival in Koret Auditorium
noon – 5pm Sword dancers and belly dancers roving throughout the ground floor
The exhibition is organized by National Geographic, Arts and Exhibitions International, and AEG Exhibitions, with cooperation from the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities. Northern Trust is the proud cultural partner, and American Airlines is the official airline of the exhibition. The San Francisco presentation is sponsored by Athena Troxel Blackburn, Mrs. Thomas C. Crowley, Sr., Rajnikant and Helen Desai and Beringer Vineyards.
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About the de Young
The de Young, designed by Herzog & de Meuron and located in Golden Gate Park, showcases American art from the 17th through the 21st centuries, international textile arts and costumes, and art from the Americas, the Pacific, and Africa.
Address: Golden Gate Park
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
San Francisco, CA 94118
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