For the past few months San Francisco has been the home of the amazing traveling King Tut Exhibit (Sadly the king himself is still in Egypt, they are never letting him go again.) And they have been charging a lot to see him but this weekend its free. The only catch is the fact that you have to get up really early to get tickets. The Box office opens at 9am but they are telling people to come at 8am to get the best choice of tickets.
It is the de Young Museum which is on 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive in Golden Gate Park.
The permanent collections of the de Young will be free to the public
all weekend (Feb 20, 21, 2010) 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.
How to Get Tickets:
- 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
Free Programming and Mummy Film Festival:
The de Young will be filled with free activities during Target Tut
Free Weekend. 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.
- 9:30 am–5 pm Hands-on art making for all ages in Piazzoni Murals Room
- 11:30 am–3 pm Fortune Teller and Tarot Reader in Wilsey Court
- 11 am–5 pm Dj spinning Arabic and Egyptian beats in Wilsey Court
- 11 am–5 pm Mummy Movie Festival in Koret Auditorium
- noon – 5 pm Sword dancers and belly dancers roving throughout the ground floor