LORD of the Rings enthusiasts have until Sunday, January 11,
2004 to catch the exhibition at the Science Museum, in London,
which will remain open until midnight, on Friday and Saturday,
to ensure that people have every chance of seeing it.
The midnight opening marks the first time the Science Museum
has offered such extended opening hours to the public for an exhibition.
But the decision has been taken due to the overwhelming popularity
of the event, which has, so far, attracted more than 236,000 people
in the four months since it opened.
The exhibition, which features some of the secrets behind creating
the sets, costumes and massive battle scenes, cost £750,000,
and will now go on to tour Singapore, Boston in the US and Sydney,
But fans be warned! Tickets for the show are available only in
timed slots - and very few are remaining for the final three days.
The exhibition has been developed and presented by the Museum
of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa in partnership with New Line
Cinema, the distributor of the film.
THE Lord of the Rings Motion Picture Trilogy - The Exhibition,
a unique visitor experience based on the famous films, will open
at the Science Museum on September 16, 2003.
The family exhibition arrives before the eagerly awaited final
instalment of the film trilogy - The
Return of the King - and will be the only chance for European
fans to explore for themselves the fantastic world created for
The Lord of the Rings films.
Hundreds of artefacts from the movies, including models, armoury
and animatronics will feature alongside interactive computer and
mechanical demonstrations of the cutting-edge technology used
to bring the story to life.
The exhibition includes:
l Demonstrations of special effects,
including the combining of 'real' and 'digital' action and CGI
l A scaling interactive allowing
visitors to become Hobbit-sized in a scene from The Fellowship
of the Ring - and then buy a print of themselves;
l A display on prosthetics, including
Hobbit feet, Orc teeth and the contact lenses used to give the
Orcs their unique look;
l Giant models, including Hobbiton
Mill, Treebeard and a Cave Troll (pictured above);
l An 'armour corridor' featuring
weapons belonging to Arwen, Gandalf, Frodo, and Aragorn;
l Outfits including Arwen's riding
costume, Galadriel's stunning dress, and Gandalf's robes;
l Visitors will be transported
into the world of Middle-earth where they will be met by Frodo
and his Hobbit companions, the wizards, the Black Riders, the
cultures of Middle-earth and the fearsome warriors - all in the
authentic costumes created for the films.
The Lord of the Rings Motion Picture Trilogy The Exhibition
will enable visitors to experience first hand some of the awe-inspiring
special effects used to make the blockbuster films.
Head of the Science Museum, Jon Tucker, said: "This excellent
exhibition provides a unique behind-the-scenes look at the science
and technology which made the film trilogy possible - from the
computer generated special effects to the development of the complex
animatronics that created such stunning results."
The exhibition culminates with a face-to-face encounter with
the central icon from the films - the One Ring itself.
Due to the expected demand for tickets to see this exhibition,
tickets can be pre-booked on 0870 870 4868.
The Science Museum will be running a series of adult and family
events during the autumn half term and Christmas holidays investigating
traditional and state-of-the-art film making techniques.
Groups and school booking line: 020 7942 4777; Opening Times:
Daily, 10am to 6pm; Prices: Adults £9.95, Concessions/Child/Student
£6.95. Groups £8.25 per person for groups of 10+ booked
Science Museum, Exhibition Road, London SW7 2DD.
To book in advance, call 0870 870 4848.