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High Demand Prompts Ticket Delay

Art aficionados are eagerly anticipating the opening of the Vatican Exhibit at the Museum of Texas Tech University.

The exhibit, which features 31 medieval fresco fragments from the Vatican Museum in Rome, is slated to open June 2. However, more than 120,000 reservations for the tours have delayed the shipment of vouchers to the viewing public.

According to Texas Tech Museum officials, the overwhelming response for reservations caused delays in the printing and mailing of the vouchers, which will be required for admission to the exhibit. The vouchers then will be traded for commemorative tickets during the exhibit.

The vouchers will be mailed this week, according to museum official.

The exhibit will be open for hourly tours of groups of 200 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. On Thursday, viewing hours will be from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. On Sunday, exhibit hours will be 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Vatican exhibition will be closed on Mondays.

Although the exhibit is free of charge, reservations are required. For tickets, call toll free (866) 803-6873 or (806)742-6800.

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