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March 19th, 2003
Popular Degas Exhibition Gets More Museum Hours

The Philadelphia Museum of Art today announced new extended hours for the popular Degas and the Dance exhibition, on view through May 11, 2003. On weekends (Saturday and Sunday) now through April 27, the exhibition will be open from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.- -an addition of two extra hours beyond the normal 5 p.m. close (last timed ticket available at 5:30 p.m.). And for the final week of the exhibition, beginning Saturday, May 3, exhibition hours will be extended until 8 p.m. every day through Sunday, May 11 (except Wednesday and Friday when the exhibition is open until 10:00 p.m.).

Degas and the Dance has received headlines across the country and has been met with overwhelming critical acclaim. Five weeks into the exhibition’s run, more than 143,000 tickets for the exhibition have been booked, with visitors coming from 45 states as well as Canada, France, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Israel, St. Croix, and Puerto Rico. Anne d’Harnoncourt, Director of the Museum, said: "We’re finding that during any given week, a greater number of visitors opt to come on weekends to see this once in a lifetime exhibition, so we’re adding hours to meet that extra demand. We’re also planning ahead to anticipate a big surge that traditionally comes in the final weeks. We’d like to offer people more flexibility in planning their visits while further ensuring that the flow through the galleries is as smooth and enjoyable as possible.

"People do ask what suggestions we have for visiting this highly popular exhibition. It’s a timed, ticketed exhibition and some (but not all) time slots do sell out on weekends. There are tickets available, especially if you call ahead. We urge people to take advantage of the weekday hours when fewer people are in the galleries, and there’s nothing quite like the special atmosphere of the Museum on Wednesday and Friday evenings."

The Museum, normally closed on Mondays, will be open for Degas and the Dance on April 21 (Easter Monday) and on May 5, the final Monday of the exhibition.

EXHIBITION HOURS

Tuesdays, Thursdays through May 1
10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (last ticket 3:30 p.m.)

Wednesdays and Fridays
10:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. (last ticket 8:30 p.m.)

Saturdays, Sundays through April 27
10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. (last ticket issued 5:30 p.m.)

May 3 through 11 (Saturday through Sunday)
10:00 a.m.-8 p.m. (10 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays)

Monday April 21 and May 5
10:00 a.m.-5 p.m. (last ticket issued 3:30 p.m.)

During extended hours of the exhibition, the Degas shop and the Balcony Cafe will also be open.

Philadelphia is the second of two venues for the exhibition, which was seen first at the Detroit Institute of Arts. The exhibition is organized by the American Federation of Arts, the Detroit Institute of Arts, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. In Philadelphia, the exhibition is made possible by ATOFINA and The PNC Financial Services Group. Additional support is provided by the Delaware River Port Authority, The Pew Charitable Trusts, The Annenberg Foundation, and the Aetna Foundation, and an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. Promotional support is provided by NBC 10 WCAU, and AMTRAK.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest museums in the United States, with a collection of more than 227,000 works of art and more than 200 galleries presenting painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, decorative arts, textiles, and architectural settings from Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States. Its facilities include its landmark Main Building on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Perelman Building, located nearby on Pennsylvania Avenue, the Rodin Museum on the 2200 block of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and two 18th-century houses in Fairmount Park, Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove. The Museum offers a wide variety of activities for public audiences, including special exhibitions, programs for children and families, lectures, concerts and films.

For additional information, contact the Communications Department of the Philadelphia Museum of Art phone at 215-684-7860, by fax at 215-235-0050, or by e-mail at pressroom@philamuseum.org. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th Street. For general information, call (215) 763-8100.

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