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Free King Tut Weekend | de Young Museum

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Sunday, February 21, 2010 - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE



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.

Line up at 8am for best choice of timed-admission tickets to the Tut exhibit

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 galleries.

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.

Programming Schedule:

  • 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

Links: Event details

Cost: FREE

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