First Emperor Breaks Attendance Records for the High
ATLANTA, April 22, 2009
– With 403,469 visitors, “The First Emperor: China’s Terracotta Army” set a record as the second highest-attended exhibition in the museum’s history for its five-month run. “Kings as Collectors,” the inaugural exhibition of “Louvre Atlanta,” holds the number one slot with a draw of 446,752 visitors over eleven months. The High has also surpassed 500,000 visitors for it 2009 fiscal year (ending May 31), which is also a record for the museum’s annual attendance, and museum memberships have climbed to over 50,000 households. The exhibition, which opened on November 16, 2008, was inspired by one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of the 20th century. Featuring over 100 works, including 15 terracotta figures, the exhibition represents one of the largest groups of important works relating to the First Emperor ever to be loaned to the U.S. The exhibition will travel next to the Houston Museum of Natural Science in Texas, and the National Geographic Society Museum in Washington, D.C.
“The First Emperor: China’s Terracotta Army” was made possible by Lead Sponsor GE, Presenting Sponsor Portman and Official Global Delivery Partner UPS, Official Airline Partner Delta Air Lines, Official Media Partner Turner Broadcasting and Supporting Sponsors Mandarin Oriental and Viking River Cruises. Generous support was provided by The Henry Luce Foundation. Additional support provided by The E. Rhodes and Leona Carpenter Foundation and The Blakemore Foundation. This exhibition was presented in association with the British Museum with support from Morgan Stanley.
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