LT. GOVERNOR MITCH LANDRIEU ANNOUNCES MAJOR EXHIBITION TO OPEN AT THE LOUISIANA STATE MUSEUM -Old U.S. Mint BUILDING: GOLD -- 010/11/2007
Office of Lieutenant GovernorFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 11, 2007
LT. GOVERNOR MITCH LANDRIEU ANNOUNCES MAJOR EXHIBITION TO OPEN AT THE LOUISIANA STATE MUSEUM -Old U.S. Mint BUILDING: GOLD
NEW ORLEANS IS FIRST STOP ON NATIONAL TOUR! EXHIBIT OPENS TO PUBLIC ON OCTOBER 20, 2007!
Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu is proud to announce the Old U.S. Mint Building in New Orleans' French Quarter will re-open on October 20, 2007 with a glittering traveling exhibition: GOLD.
GOLD is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York (www.amnh.org), in cooperation with The Houston Museum of Natural Science. The exhibition is presented in New Orleans with the support of the Office of Lt. Governor and the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism.
"The GOLD exhibition brings an international assortment of beautiful art and artifacts to New Orleans," Landrieu said. "The monetary value of these works might be significant, but this exhibition---in providing an extraordinary experience for locals and tourists alike, and in reinforcing the perception of New Orleans as a thriving and resilient international cultural center--- is worth more than its weight in gold."
"Just like the rest of New Orleans, the Louisiana State Museum has been involved in a process of rebirth and re-visioning, " explains LSM Director David Kahn. "We see this exhibition as a wonderful opportunity to re-introduce the public to the assets of the Louisiana State Museum system. This spectacular, entertaining and educational exhibition about gold is perfect for the re-opening of the old U.S. Mint."
Angele Davis, Secretary of the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, said that she expects there will be a rush on GOLD when the exhibit opens in New Orleans. "Gold brings gold," Davis said. "We expect visitor traffic to this exhibition at the Old Mint to have an economic impact of nearly two million dollars on the state."
This glittering display tells the story of gold, the precious metal that has been an unparalleled symbol of wealth and success throughout history. GOLD features hundreds of extraordinary pieces - enormous gold nuggets, cultural artifacts, jewelry, and recovered sunken treasure. Visitors of all ages will enjoy a scale where you can learn the value of your own weight in gold, and an entire room covered in three ounces of gold flattened to exquisite thinness. It is a feast for the eyes and firsthand evidence of why this particular substance has fueled frenzied rushes around the world.