The Baltimore Museum of Art has sold about 45,000 tickets so far to its Monet exhibit, nearly 20 percent of those available.
"I'm very pleased," BMA director Arnold Lehman said yesterday. "People making commitments this far in advance is quite a statement of their interest."
All told, the BMA can accommodate 250,000 patrons to "Claude Monet: Impressionist Masterpieces from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston," which opens Sunday and runs through Jan. 19. Admission is for a reserved time and date of entry, the first time the BMA has instituted such a procedure.
Mr. Lehman admitted he was concerned that some visitors might show up at the museum during the peak weekend hours without advance tickets and might not be able to see the show.
"We want to be hospitable but we're not going to put more people into a given time slot than we feel can be comfortably accommodated," he said.
To deal with the expected influx of visitors, the museum has extended its hours to 9 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Tickets to the exhibit are $6.50, $10.25 for an Acoustiguide tour narrated by Meryl Streep; $4.50 and $7.75 for students and seniors; and $2 and $4.75 for BMA members. Children under 12 are free, but reservations are required.
Tickets may be ordered through TicketMaster at 481-6000; a $2 service charge will be added to all tickets. They also may be bought at the BMA's Monet box office Tuesdays to Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The exhibit is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, call 396-7100.