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    My wife and I have secured tickets for the King Tutankhamun exhibit at the Field Museum in Chicago for December 26th. It will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for us to see the actual artifacts from Tut's tomb before the exhibit moves on to Philadephia and then to London late next year. I was all jazzed to take the new 30mm f/1.4 with me and dazzle you with photos of the genuine Egyptian antiquities. I haven't had an opportunity to get out much at all with the camera because of work obligations and I thought this was going to be a REAL opportunity.

    Checking the Field Museum website, photography is allowed in all of the exhibits EXCEPT the King Tut exhibit. I guess you'll just have to put up with some bland old shots of Chicago when we get back...

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    Bland shots in Chicago? Pas possible!

    Lottsa street work to be had there.
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    I know how you feel - but recently, I got an even bigger bummer than you.

    The original "ashes" cricket urn was in the local museum for a 10 day display, and I searched hight and low on the website to see if I could take a photo. There was nothing on the website, and it was the weekend - so nobody answered the phone at the museum.

    I took a Camera and it had to stay in the bag - At least you knew beforehand that no photos would be allowed.
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    Too bad that you were not allowed to take images.

    This makes me wonder though:
    Why on earth they don't allow private persons to take pictures in some museums?

    I have heard the explanation that private photography may take from the museum's postcard sale. However, none of my friends would ever consider buying a postcard instead of taking a picture. They might even loose visitors because people are less interested to visit a museum if they are not allowed to snap memories.

    For fine arts exhibitions, I can understand a ban of photography though.

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    It was the same thing (no photos) when we went to see it in LA. It all was pretty interesting....

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    The same thing happened to me in the new Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, in Springfield, Illinois. I whipped out my TREO to get a photo of my family next to an exhibit and was told I couldn't! A TREO! No flash, no significant quality, and it certainly can't reduce the number of postcard sales since no one in my family has ever BEEN on a postcard.

    This Presidential Library is government property since Lincoln died before it became fashionable for presidents to attempt to rewrite history via a permanent exhibit, so the Feds built it. We weren't in the archives, for crying out loud, we were in the exhibit area with all the OTHER tourists. I don't understand what a flashless photograph taken there could possibly compormise.

    BTW, it's worth visiting. Now all we need is a library for George Washington and Benjamin Harrison and my life would be complete.

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