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December 19th, 2011
The Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Unite to Offer Ticket Packages and Discounts

For all flower enthusiasts, Van Gogh Up Close and the Philadelphia International Flower Show offer a double floral experience.

Philadelphia, PA (December 2011)— The Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) are offering several ticket packages and gift giving options that combine the major exhibition Van Gogh Up Close (February 1 – May 6, 2012) and the Philadelphia International Flower Show (“Hawaii: Islands of Aloha”, March 4 – 11, 2012). Among the options are packaged discounted vouchers for Van Gogh Up Close and the Flower Show; a 10% off discount for Van Gogh Up Close with any online purchase of a ticket to the Flower Show; and the opportunity to purchase a discounted combination ticket for an Early Morning Tour of the Flower Show and Van Gogh Up Close on a day when the Museum is closed to the general public and the galleries will have fewer visitors.

Flowers are a major theme in van Gogh’s work and inspired many of his masterpieces. Lovers of the Flower Show and van Gogh alike may want to take advantage of the opportunity to enjoy the bounty of blossoms, including those made famous van Gogh and the exotic flora of Hawaii, on view at the Flower Show. These combined experiences will provide the chance to see, at the Museum through the eyes of a genius, roses, ivy, almond blossoms, poppies, hollyhocks, cornflowers, fritillaria, and zinnias, or at the Flower Show, fresh and fragrant blooms in living color.

Save on a combined Van Gogh timed ticket and Flower Show general admission ticket
(March 4, & 6-11, 2012)
To visit Van Gogh Up Close and the Flower Show during public hours, a discounted combination ticket will be available for $50 (plus $3.50 per ticket service fee). Tickets may be purchased at the Museum, on the Museum website or by calling (215) 235-SHOW (7469).

Buy a Flower Show ticket and receive 10% off a ticket to Van Gogh Up Close
With a ticket to the Flower Show purchased via theflowershow.com, receive a 10% discount on a timed ticket for Van Gogh Up Close via the online confirmation link. Van Gogh Up Close timed tickets will be available for any public date, subject to availability. The discounted ticket price is $22.50 (plus $3.50 per ticket service fee) and is only available to those who purchase advanced Flower Show tickets via theflowershow.com.

Save 15%+ on a Van Gogh timed ticket and Flower Show Early Morning Tour ticket
(March 6-9, 2012)
This discounted package includes a timed ticket for Van Gogh Up Close between 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. and an Early Morning Tour of the Flower Show from 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. The combined price is $108.00 (Plus $3.50 per ticket service fee. Price reflects nonmember tickets.). Tickets may be purchased at the Museum, on the Museum website, or by calling (215) 235-SHOW (7469).   

Save nearly 20% on a Van Gogh Up Close and Flower Show Early Morning Tour combined ticket
(Monday, March 5, 2012)
On Monday, March 5, tour Van Gogh Up Close and the Flower Show in intimate groups before the large numbers arrive. Start the day with a two-hour, guided tour of the Flower Show between 8:00 and 10:00 a.m., with an option to attend a flower-arranging demonstration at 9:30 a.m. Then venture to the Museum, which is closed to the general public on Mondays, for a special timed viewing of Van Gogh Up Close including docents throughout the exhibition stationed to answer questions. The package price is $125.00 (plus $3.50 per ticket service fee). Tickets may be purchased at the Museum, on the Museum website, or by calling (215) 235-SHOW (7469).

Bloomin’ Fun Pass including coupon for $2.00 off PMA Adult General Admission
The Bloomin’ Fun Pass includes discounts to restaurants, attractions, and retail stores during the week of the Flower Show. The Pass lists participating vendors and discounts and is available at SEPTA stations, the Philadelphia International Airport, area malls, and other locations beginning in January as well as the Flower Show Information Center. The Bloomin’ Fun Pass will include a coupon for $2.00 off a $16.00 adult general admission ticket to the Museum. This coupon may be redeemed at the Museum (walk up only).

The following packages are available for purchase as gifts (Walk up purchase or plan ten days for gift delivery.):
•          Gift voucher for discount Van Goghtimed ticket and Flower Show ticket
•          Gift voucher for Van Gogh Up Close and Flower Show Early Morning Tour
•          Gift voucher for Van Gogh timed ticket and Flower Show Early Morning Tour
Museum gifts will be available in a package decorated with van Gogh’s 1890 masterpiece, Almond Blossom. All gifts include a voucher for Van Gogh Up Close, redeemable by the recipient for any date and time throughout the run of the exhibition, based on availability. Gift tickets or packages may be purchased in person at the Museum, by calling (215) 235-SHOW (7469), or through the Flower Show website, www.theflowershow.com. Gift tickets and packages are not available via the Museum’s website.

All combined packages and gifts must be purchased by Monday, February 27, 2012.

The Museum also offers a gift ticket for Van Gogh Up Close redeemable by the recipient for any date and time throughout the run of the exhibition, based on availability. Gift tickets are $28.50 per ticket and can be purchased by calling 215-235-SHOW (7469).

For last-minute holiday gift purchases, gift packages are available for this current season through Saturday, December 24 at 3:00 p.m. Holiday gifts for 2011 must be purchased onsite, at the Museum.

About Van Gogh Up Close
An artist of exceptional intensity, van Gogh was powerfully and passionately drawn to nature. From 1886, when van Gogh left Antwerp for Paris, to 1890 when his life ended in Auvers, van Gogh’s feverish artistic experimentation and zeal for the natural world propelled him to radically refashion his still lifes and landscapes. Van Gogh Up Close, a major exhibition organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the National Gallery of Canada, presents 46 landscapes and still lifes including major loans from museums and private collections in Europe, North America, and Japan. The exhibition will be seen in the United States only in Philadelphia before traveling to the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa in the summer of 2012.

This exhibition is made possible by GlaxoSmithKline and Sun Life Financial. Additional support is provided by the Robert Lehman Foundation, The Pew Charitable Trusts, The Annenberg Foundation Fund for Major Exhibitions, The Kathleen C. and John J. F. Sherrerd Fund for Exhibitions, the National Endowment for the Arts, The Women’s Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Barbara B. and Theodore R. Aronson, David and Margaret Langfitt, Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Linck, Mr. and Mrs. John M. Thalheimer, Mrs. Eugene W. Jackson, and other generous individuals. Promotional support is provided by NBC 10 WCAU. The catalogue was funded, in part, by the Netherland-America Foundation. The exhibition is organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa.

For more information about Van Gogh Up Close, please visit www.philamuseum.org.

About the Philadelphia International Flower Show
The 2012 Philadelphia International Flower Show, “Hawaii: Islands of Aloha,” will offer a tropical experience that blends new digital technology with the natural beauty and rich culture of the islands. Guests to this year’s presentation (March 4-11 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center) will enter the show beneath dynamic projections of crashing waves and one of the largest displays of white orchids ever assembled. Towering palms and waterfalls, green walls, and a tropical plant canopy will immerse visitors in the Hawaiian rainforest. Exhibits will celebrate the Hawaiian cowboy and surf cultures, the hula and lei-making, a wedding party on the beach, and vistas of rock and mountains. Proceeds from the Flower Show benefit the year-round work of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, and this year will support City Harvest, the innovative program that brings together a network of urban gardeners, provides green job training, and grows fresh produce for families in need.

For more information about the Flower Show, please visit www.theflowershow.com, or call PHS at 215-988-8899.

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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