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November 24, 2009 - April 18, 2010 November 21 & 22: Opens to Members Only (time-ticketed)

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King Tut Ticket Mania!

Last chance to pre-register for Tut tickets fast approaching; AGO members can purchase this week.

(Toronto, ON – August 31, 2009) AGO members get the first chance to book tickets for the AGO’s biggest exhibition of the fall this week as member tickets for KING TUT: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs go on sale Tuesday, September 1, 2009. It is the first in a string of on-sale dates and events related to KING TUT that the AGO will be rolling out over the coming months in advance of the exhibition’s public opening on November 24, 2009.

Non-members also have a chance to reserve their tickets early by pre-registering online at www.ago.net/tut, giving them access to tickets before the general public on-sale date of September 22, 2009. If visitors pre-register before September 10, 2009, they will also be entered in a contest to win two VIP passes to the exhibition. Pre-registration closes on September 17, 2009.

KING TUT: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs will be time ticketed, ensuring shorter wait times and greater convenience for visitors. AGO members will receive a limited number of free and/or discounted tickets and special discounts for the KING TUT audio guide and 3-D movie. Member ticket prices range from $14.50 to $20, with children age 5 and under free. Members can avoid the general line by presenting their membership card and exhibition ticket to enjoy access to an exclusive members-only VIP line. For further membership ticket details please visit www.ago.net/kingtut-members-tickets.

AGO Members also receive a 10 per cent discount to FRANK, the AGO’s celebrated restaurant. Anne Yarymowich, the AGO’s award-winning executive chef, will be offering an Egyptian-inspired prix-fixe menu to coincide with KING TUT, which she calls ”a fabulous mixture of traditional Egyptian ingredients and seasoning with a distinctly contemporary twist.“ For more information on FRANK, including hours and reservations, visit www.ago.net/frank.

General public ticket prices will range from $16.50 to $32.50. Family and group rates will also be available. Children age 5 and under will be admitted free. More general ticket information will soon be available on www.ago.net.

A Canadian exclusive, KING TUT: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs will run from November 24, 2009 through April 18, 2010. Members can reserve to gain exclusive early access to the exhibition on November 21 and 22, 2009. The exhibition features more than 100 remarkable objects from the tomb of King Tut and ancient sites representing some of the most important rulers throughout 2,000 years of ancient Egyptian history, many of which had never before been seen in North America prior to this exhibition.

KING TUT: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs is organized by the National Geographic Society, Arts and Exhibitions International and AEG Exhibitions with cooperation from the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities. Northern Trust is a proud cultural partner and American Airlines is the official airline of the exhibition. Additional financial support is provided by the Government of Ontario.

ABOUT THE AGO

With a permanent collection of more than 79,000 works of art, the Art Gallery of Ontario is among the most distinguished art museums in North America. In 2008, with a stunning new design by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry, the AGO opened its doors to the public amid international acclaim. Highlights include Galleria Italia, a gleaming showcase made of wood and glass running the length of two football fields along the Gallery’s façade; and the feature staircase, spiraling up through the roof of Walker Court and into the new contemporary galleries above. From the extensive Group of Seven collection to the dramatic new African art gallery; from David Altmejd's monumental installation The Index to Peter Paul Rubens' masterpiece The Massacre of The Innocents, a highlight of the acclaimed Thomson Collection, there is truly something for everyone at the AGO.

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For media information or visuals, please contact:

Sean O’Neill, 416 979 6660, ext. 403, sean_oneill@ago.net
Antonietta Mirabelli, 416-979-6660, ext. 454, antonietta_mirabelli@ago.net

The Art Gallery of Ontario is funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Culture. Additional operating support is received from the Volunteers of the AGO, the City of Toronto, the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Last modified on January 17, 2012

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The exhibition is organized by the National Geographic Society, Arts and Exhibitions International and AEG Exhibitions, with cooperation from the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities. Northern Trust is a proud cultural partner. American Airlines is the official airline of the exhibition. Additional financial support is provided by the Government of Ontario.