met-sm.gifLast Chance to See Tutankhamun's Funeral; Additional Viewing Opportunity for Popular Summer Exhibitions New York, N.Y. - Galleries, shops, and dining areas at The Metropolitan Museum of Art will be open to the public Monday, September 6 (Labor Day), the next "Met Holiday Monday." The special viewing day is also the last opportunity for the public to see the popular exhibition Tutankhamun's Funeral, which explores the materials and rituals associated with the burial of the pharaoh. Also on view will be: Doug + Mike Starn on the Roof: Big Bambú (weather permitting, through October 31), a monumental site-specific bamboo structure that bridges the realms of sculpture, architecture, and performance; Hipsters, Hustlers, and Handball Players: Leon Levinstein (through October 17), 44 photographs by a master of classic American street photography; and Sounding the Pacific: Musical Instruments of Oceania (through January 23), more than 50 traditional-and often unique-percussion, wind, and string instruments of the Pacific. "For many of us, the Labor Day weekend signals the end of summer and serves as a final opportunity to relax with family and friends before returning to work or  school in the fall," commented Metropolitan Museum President Emily K. Rafferty.  "As plans are made for holiday socializing, we hope the public will take advantage of the extra viewing day-Labor Day Met Holiday Monday-to visit the Met and enjoy many splendid examples of art from around the world." Discussion and sketching activities will be available for families with children ages 5 through 12 at 11 a.m., 12, 1:15 and 2:30 p.m.  These programs are free with Museum admission.          A new date-April 25, 2011, the Monday when many schools are closed for spring break-has been added recently to the roster of Met Holiday Mondays. The complete list of upcoming Met Holiday Mondays is: Labor Day (September 6), Columbus Day (October 11), the Monday after Christmas (December 27), Martin Luther King Jr. Day (January 17), Presidents' Day (February 21), the Monday of spring break week (April 25), and Memorial Day (May 30). Credits Tutankhamun's Funeral:  Made possible by the Gail and Parker Gilbert Fund. This installation complements a major exhibition of treasures from the tomb of Tutankhamun on view April 23, 2010-January 2, 2011, at Discovery Times Square Exposition. Doug + Mike Starn on the Roof: Big Bambú: Made possible by Bloomberg. Additional support provided by Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon B. Polsky. Also made possible in part by the Jane and Robert Carroll Fund. Sounding the Pacific: Musical Instruments of Oceania:  Made possible through the generosity of the Friends of the Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas.

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