The Museum of Science is the only New England venue to host the exhibition and the second venue worldwide. Harry Potter: The Exhibition made its highly successful global premiere at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry last April and will run there through September 27, 2009, before traveling to New England. After its Boston run, the exhibition will be displayed in other major cultural and entertainment venues, museums and institutions in the U.S. and internationally.
In partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, Exhibitgroup/Giltspur created the 10,000-square-foot exhibition, which will be updated to include artifacts and costumes from the final installments of the Harry Potter film series, once the production of these films has been completed. The sixth film in the series, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, opened in theaters July 15, 2009.
"Offering an exclusive look at some of the most iconic artifacts and scenic elements from the beloved films, the Museum of Science in Boston will certainly become the hub of excitement for Harry Potter fans when it arrives this October," said Karen McTier, Executive Vice President, Domestic Licensing and Worldwide Marketing, Warner Bros. Consumer Products.
Harry Potter: The Exhibition offers fans a first-hand view at more than 200 authentic artifacts displayed in settings inspired by the film sets — including the Great Hall, Hagrid's hut, the Gryffindor common room — and more.
"We are thrilled with the reception the exhibition has received in Chicago and we are honored to be able to bring it to one of the greatest museums on the East Coast," said Eddie Newquist, President, Exhibitgroup/Giltspur Branded Entertainment. "Fans young and old from around the world have given us tremendous positive feedback, and we are hopeful that all the Harry Potter fans in the Boston area will have a chance to visit this one-of-a-kind exhibition."
"Harry Potter has captivated the imagination of children and adults around the globe. Through the art and technological wizardry of movie-making, the Harry Potter films have brought to life an enchanting and complex world," said Ioannis Miaoulis, President and Director of the Museum of Science. He added, "As a world-class cultural institution, the Museum is excited to offer our visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in a world that has so richly bridged cultures and generations. We're confident that this exhibition will attract visitors of all ages — some of whom may never have visited a science center. This exhibit will spark their curiosity and imagination, leading them to experience the excitement of discovery that's also at the heart of the Museum's science and technology exhibits and programs." -- www.mos.org