First Emperor Breaks Attendance Records/Extends Hours
ATLANTA, March 9, 2009 – With over 260,000 visitors to-date, “The First Emperor: China’s Terracotta Army” has set a new record for the highest-attended exhibition in the museum’s history. In preparation for the final weeks (exhibition closes April 19), the High is offering extended hours, special viewing hours for museum members only, and special promotions for discounted admission. 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.
Extended Hours through April 19
· All Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
· Friday, March 20, 10 a.m. to 12 midnight for Friday Jazz
· Monday, April 6, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
· Saturday, April 11, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
· Sunday, April 12, 12 to 5 p.m.
· Monday, April 13, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
· Friday, April 17, 10 a.m. to 12 midnight for Friday Jazz
· Saturday, April 18, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
· Sunday, April 19, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
· Saturdays in March and April, 9 to 10 a.m.
· Sunday, April 5 and 12, 11 a.m. to 12 noon
· Sunday, April 19, 10 a.m. to 12 noon
Only “The First Emperor” exhibition will be open during member-only viewing times. Other galleries will open when the Museum opens to the general public.
Special Ticket Discounts
· $5 College Admission in March: For all college students with valid I.D; walk-up only.
· ½ Price Thursday Nights in March: 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays; 50% off all admission tickets; walk-up and phone only.
· King Tut/First Emperor Combo Ticket: See two of the world’s greatest treasures in Atlanta. www.high.org/kingsticket
· Whales and Warriors: Explore the Georgia Aquarium and one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of the 20th century for one price. Tickets are available at the Aquarium Box Office, online at georgiaaquarium.org and the Woodruff Arts Center Box Office. Tickets can also be purchased through the Aquarium Call Center at 404.581.4000 and the Woodruff Arts Center at 404.733.5000. You may visit the Aquarium on the same day as or any time within 7 days of your Terracotta visit.
· Atlanta Zoo and Atlanta Botanical Gardens: Show your ticket stub and/or Membership Card from the Zoo or Botanical Gardens and receive a discount on admission to “The First Emperor.” Walk-up tickets only.
“The First Emperor: China’s Terracotta Army” is 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 is provided by The Henry Luce Foundation. Additional support provided by The E. Rhodes and Leona Carpenter Foundation and The Blakemore Foundation. This exhibition is presented in association with the British Museum with support from Morgan Stanley.
High Museum of Art
The High Museum of Art, founded in 1905 as the Atlanta Art Association, is the leading art museum in the southeastern United States. With more than 11,000 works of art in its permanent collection, the High Museum of Art has an extensive anthology of nineteenth and twentieth century American and decorative art; significant holdings of European paintings; a growing collection of African American art; and burgeoning collections of modern and contemporary art, photography and African art. The High is also dedicated to supporting and collecting works by Southern artists and is distinguished as the only major museum in North America to have a curatorial department specifically devoted to the field of folk and self-taught art. The High’s Media Arts department produces acclaimed annual film series and festivals of foreign, independent and classic cinema. In November 2005, the High opened three new buildings by architect Renzo Piano that more than doubled the Museum’s size, creating a vibrant “village for the arts” at the Woodruff Arts Center in midtown Atlanta. For more information about the High, please visit www.high.org.
The Woodruff Arts Center
The Woodruff Arts Center is ranked among the top four arts centers in the nation. A not-for-profit center for performing and visual arts, its campus comprises the Alliance Theatre, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the High Museum of Art, Young Audiences and the 14th Street Playhouse.
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