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February 15th, 2006
Wyeth Tickets Go on Sale on February 15, 2006

Amtrak deals, joint discounts with Brandywine River Museum and Delaware Art Museum, and a suite of hotel packages now in place

With tickets for the highly anticipated retrospective Andrew Wyeth: Memory and Magic now set to go on sale to the public on Wednesday, February 15, 2006, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is once again collaborating with hotels, Amtrak, schools, and others to help make it just as easy as it is memorable to experience this lifetime achievement exhibition and to enjoy being in and around Philadelphia. Eight special overnight packages including Wyeth tickets are in place, at Best Western Center City Hotel, Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown, Four Seasons Hotel, the Latham Hotel, Loews Philadelphia Hotel, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, The Rittenhouse Hotel, and the Ritz Carlton Hotel (see details below). The partnership with Amtrak saves visitors 50% on best available fares for one traveling companion ticket with each paid full adult ticket purchase on Amtrak travel to Philadelphia or Wilmington on Northeast Corridor Regional Trains. Further, the Museum has joined with the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford and the Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington to offer reciprocal ticket and member discounts for visitors who couple their visits with Andrew Wyeth Memory and Magic.

“One of the wonderful things about organizing a major exhibition such as Andrew Wyeth: Memory and Magic,” said Gail Harrity, Chief Operating Officer of the Philadelphia Museum of Art,” is the opportunity to share and spread the excitement by partnering with others in ways that expand the visitor’s experience and make it easy to discover the city and region.”

The landmark retrospective on view from March 29 through July 16, 2006 will include more than 100 works, among them tempera paintings and watercolors from the 1930s to the present. It will explore in depth Wyeth’s frequently unadorned and often haunting images—ranging from natural forms like rocks and trees and humble containers such as buckets, to stark rooms, windows with curtains lifted in the breeze, bare hills, and people lost in deep introspection. The works, many of which draw upon his boyhood experiences in and lifelong affection for the Brandywine Valley near Philadelphia and on the coast of Maine, are lent from public and private collections across the country and from the private collection of Andrew and Betsy Wyeth.

WYETH TICKET DETAILS:
General ticket prices, which include complimentary audio tours—one for adults, another for children--are $20 (adults) $17 (students, seniors), $10 children 5-12, and free for children 4 and under. For information, call 215-235 SHOW (7469) or visit the website at www.philamuseum.org (service charges apply for tickets purchased via the web).

EXHIBITION HOURS
The exhibition will be open during normal museum hours will have extended hours on weekends (Saturdays and Sundays until 7 p.m.). Normally closed on Mondays, the exhibition will have special Monday hours on May 29, July 3, and July 10. Hours are subject to change and may be expanded to include added hours in the final days of the exhibition. For information call 215-235-SHOW or visit the website.

AMTRAK DETAILS
Visitors to Andrew Wyeth can save 50% off the best available rail fare for one traveling companion ticket with each paid full adult ticket purchase on Amtrak travel to Philadelphia or Wilmington on Northeast Corridor Regional Trains. Visit www.amtrak.com or call (800) USA-RAIL and refer to code V716. Reservations must be made at least three (3) days in advance of travel. Limited availability, not available on all trains at all times. Blackout dates and other restrictions apply.

RECIPROCAL MUSEUM DISCOUNTS
The Brandywine Valley in southeastern Pennsylvania and northern Delaware provide immediacy and perspective to the landscapes, buildings, and domestic associations that have been part of Andrew Wyeth’s vision and experience since his childhood days in Chadds Ford. A short distance from Philadelphia, these areas offer visitors many opportunities to expand upon their visit to Andrew Wyeth: Memory and Magic by exploring the wellsprings of Wyeth’s inspiration, among them the Kuerner Farm, the N. C. Wyeth Studio, and additional works by Wyeth in concurrent exhibitions at the Brandywine River Museum (www.brandywinemuseum.org or 610-388-2700) and at the Delaware Art Museum (www.delart.org or 302-51-9590). For information about discount ticket availability, member benefits for visitors attending two or more of the exhibitions, contact any of the three museums.

SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR SCHOOLS
In addition to a stimulating range of public programs surrounding the exhibition, the Museum is offering special discounted viewings on Mondays during April and May for school groups running the gamut from K-12 ($10 each student). The Museum will provide specially-designed pre-visit teacher packets, funded by Ford Motor Company, that will introduce them to Andrew Wyeth and his art offer tips for classroom activities.. The Museum has also designated April 7th for a special teacher viewing complemented by a lively discussion with the exhibition curators. Interested schools are urged to call 215-684-7582 for information.


HOTEL PACKAGES IN PROFILE

Best Western Center City Hotel
215-568-8300
www.bestwestern.com/centercityhotel
Weekday/weekend $159*
*Includes free parking

Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown
215-496-3200
www.marriott.com
Weekend starting at $179
Weekday starting at $269

Four Seasons Hotel
215-963-1500
www.fourseasons.com/philadelphia
Weekend $400*
Weekday $500*
*Includes overnight valet parking and full American breakfast for two

The Latham Hotel
215-563-7474
www.lathamhotel.com
Weekday/Weekend starting at $179*
*Includes breakfast for two

Loews Philadelphia Hotel
215-627-1200
www.loewshotels.com/hotels/philadelphia
Weekend $199
Weekday $249

Philadelphia Marriott Downtown
215-625-2900
www.marriott.com
Weekend starting at $209
Weekday starting at $299

The Rittenhouse Hotel
1-800-635-1042
www.rittenhousehotel.com
Weekday/Weekend $410* upon availability
*Includes Continental Breakfast for two at Lacroix at the Rittenhouse or room service (including restaurant tax and gratuity), use of the health club and indoor pool, a welcome amenity, newspaper, overnight shoe shine, and evening turn down service.

The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia
215-523-8000
www.ritzcarlton.com/hotels/philadelphia
Weekend starting at $279
Weekday starting at $399

EXHIBITION ORGANIZERS AND SPONSORS
Andrew Wyeth: Memory and Magic is organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta with the collaboration of the Wyeth family and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Before opening in Philadelphia, it is on view at the High through February 26, 2006.

The curatorial team for Andrew Wyeth: Memory and Magic includes guest curator Ann Classen Knutson for the High Museum of Art, and, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Kathleen A. Foster, the Robert L. McNeil, Jr. Curator of American Art, and Michael Taylor, the Muriel and Philip Berman Curator of Modern Art.

The exhibition is made possible by Ford Motor Company.

In Philadelphia, the exhibition is also generously supported by the Lincoln Mercury Brands of Ford Motor Company; GlaxoSmithKline; and PECO, An Exelon Company.

Additional support has been provided by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, the City of Philadelphia, and an endowment from The Annenberg Foundation for major exhibitions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Promotional support is provided by NBC 10 WCAU, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News, Philly.com, and Amtrak.

The exhibition is organized by the High Museum of Art and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

The catalogue is supported by a generous grant from the Davenport Family Foundation.

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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