For those wizardry fans out there, here’s your chance to get up close and personal look at the artistry and craftsmanship in Harry Potter: The Exhibition. Authentic artifacts are displayed in setting inspired by locations in Harry Potter movies. For the first time in Asia, the exhibition is now on till 30 September 2012 at ArtScience Museum located just beside Marina Bay Sands Singapore.
Tickets can be purchase through online sistic or walk-in. The catch is that the entrance to the exhibition is by hourly. It is a timed entry. A set amount of tickets is available for every hour of entry and admission time is strictly observed. Printed on the ticket, visitors given an hour to view the exhibits. To my dismay, the Harry Potter exhibition is relatively small compared to Titanic.
Adult Ticket Price: $24 ;Singapore resident: $20
Child Ticket Price: $14 ;Singapore resident: $13
Senior Citizen Price: $21 ;Singapore resident: $18
Proof of ID required for Singapore Resident purchases. Additional charges applies for audio guide rental.
Upon entrance to the exhibition, photo-taking booth has been set up if you wish to purchase it for souvenir which cost $20.
While queuing to enter the main exhibition, a line of poster from the Harry Potter movie series. Do note that photography is NOT allowed at all times during the exhibition. You can try to be tactical to capture it using your phone camera but ‘the man in black’ (Ushers) are always patrolling the exhibition, unless you bring along your invisible cloak during the exhibition.
I’ll briefly describe what you will expect throughout the exhibition. Visitors will be escorted to a room for sorting ceremony. The witch will ask for volunteers (mostly kids) and which house they wish to belongs to. The hat voice over will yells out which house it will be. Pretty interesting. Move on to the next segment, visitors will be enlighten with some scenes from the Harry Potter Movies before they unveiled the entrance to the exhibition. To be honest, I’m not a huge fan of Harry Potter and I tend to forget some of the characters and even the houses!
Below are some of the scenes in the exhibition.
Harry Potter and Ron Weasley costumes and artifacts that appeared in the boys’ dormitory scenes throughout the Harry Potter film series.
Quidditch uniforms and equipment
Collection of iconic items used by Harry throughout the Harry Potter film series including his eyeglasses, his Hogwarts Acceptance Letter, the Marauder’s Map and his wand. Replica of the wands are also sold at the gift shop but it comes with a heavy price tag of $75. Think twice before you start spending!
Recreation of Hagrid’s hut, and (Right) Hagrid’s over-sized chair.
Spot Kreacher, the Black family house-elf.
Obviously, captured it discreetly.Oh ya, the Screeching Baby Mandrakes can be annoying! You will have the chance to pull them out. Soon after, you realised that it’s the end of the exhibition when headed the souvenir shop. Again, expect a heavy price tag on most items. For eg, a small chocolate frog and flavored beans cost $6. However, on the bright side, it’s exclusively sold during exhibition only.
Familiar? The Flying Ford Anglia which belongs to Arthur Weasley. This car located outside the gallery is the only artifact you allowed to take photo with. How I wish this car exist to beat the traffic congestion in Singapore.
The ticket price is worth the money if you’re really a die-hard fan of Harry Potter. Every single exhibit is in rich detail. The atmosphere and even the background sound is magical. However, I expect more on this exhibition. Not only it’s rather small (able to finish it within 40 minutes), there’s even no pamphlets or guide brochure/book (It’s for sale for $30!) to keep it as souvenir. Overall, it’s a wonderful experience.
Past exhibition at ArtScience Museum: Titanic