The exhibit of the Treasures of Tutankhamen, which is in Los Angeles now, has only one more stop to make, Seattle, [July 15 through Nov. 15] before opening at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on December 20.
Because o f the overwhelming response by the public to this extraordinary exhibition, the anticipated response of New Yorkers and the weather common to the winter season, the Metropolitan Museum has announced special plans for this exhibition.
To date the exhibition has been seen by more than 3,000,000 visitors. In other cities, long waiting lines have been the prerequisite to viewing the exhibition. The Museum has decided that the most efficient way to handle the ticketing, from the standpoint of public comfort, is to permit the public to reserve admission in advance through the Ticketron system.
Beginning on September 18, reservations may be made between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. at the approximately 1,000 Ticketron outlets throughout the United States for a service charge of 60 cents. Ticket outlets will also be installed at the 80th Street entrance of the Museum where, beginning September 18, reservations can be made between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. with no service charge. Telephone orders will not be accepted. Everyone entering the exhibition, except for children two years and under, must have a ticket. An individual can purchase no more than four reservations. Five hundred tickets will be issued for each half-hour period each day from 11 a.m. to 7:30p.m. Ticket holders must arrive during the half hour period specified on the reservation; otherwise, they may not be admitted. There will be no refunds or exchanges, according to the Museum.
The Metropolitan has also decided to remain open seven days a week, 82 hours a week, which should allow attendance of about 1,300,000 visitors. Other plans include a special entrance for the Tutankhamen Exhibition at the south end of the Museum, 80th Street and Fifth Avenue. Persons holding reservations will enter the Museum at that entrance and present the reservation at an admissions’ desk, where it will be checked.
Orders for General Group Visits must be mailed to the Museum, postmarked no earlier than May 15, and will be filled in order of the postmarked date. Mondays from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. have been reserved for general groups of a minimum of 40 people and a maximum of 700. Each member of the group will pay $10. These groups will be booked by the Admissions Department of the Museum by mail only.
The Fountain Restaurant will be open during all hours the Museum is open for continental breakfast, cocktails, lunch and dinner. An additional space, the Museum’s dining room, will be open for dinner from 4 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. on a reservation basis Tuesday through Friday, and for brunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 8:45p.m. by reservation on Saturday and Sunday (570-4683).
The Museum has a special telephone number for Tutankhamen information: 999-7777.