Harry Potter Exhibition in NYC

28 Jun
Promotion Poster for the Discovery Museum’s Harry Potter Exhibition

Hello all.  I hope you all had a lovely weekend (and hopefully a painless Monday).  This past Saturday I hopped over to New York City’s Discovery Museum in Times Square for the Harry Potter Exhibition. First impression: it was overcrowded. When I spoke to a member of the museum security, he divulged that the museum has more than 6,000 visitors daily for the Harry Potter Exhibition. What does that mean? 40 people in a single exhibition and LOTS OF BOTTLE NECKING. But, of course, this is to be expected in good ol’ NYC.

I could not provide my dear readers with original photos, since all electronic devices (phones, i-pods, cameras, etc.) are strictly prohibited and must be turned off while walking through the exhibition. For an hour and a half I repressed the need to take photos of EVERYTHING I SAW. And what did I see? Costumes galore. Wands, lots of wands. Books, beds, desks, jewlery, horcruxes…just about everything.

The Exhibition managed some great set-ups, for example, Hagrid's Hut.

Although visitors are “not to touch” most of the exhibition, some interactive portions did exist. I pulled mandrakes from their pots, I sat down in Hagrid’s Hut (see photo above) and I threw quaffles through quidditch rings. All in all, I felt more than accomplished.

Potter fanatics can also buy a variety of moderately-priced items in the gift shop, such as a $12 pen-wand or a $27 tee-shirt. This Lit Geek, however, found a $45 Marauder’s Map to be a little much.

Overall, it was worth the trip and the $27 ticket. It’s pretty much a Potter fan’s dream come true. Not to mention, this Exhibition is friendly for all ages.


2 Responses to “Harry Potter Exhibition in NYC”

  1. Franny Mika December 22, 2011 at 12:12 am #

    Wow, the gift shop over there sounds much more reasonably priced than ours! The exhibition is here in Sydney at the moment, and I must admit, the gift shop is quite disappointing. When I was there mid-day, they had already ran out of Chocolate Frogs and Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans. And you had the Marauder’s map for sale??? I wanted it too, but they didn’t have it. 😦 All I got out of that was a $40 Gryffindor t-shirt which looked nothing too special anyway.

  2. absolutelycheryl July 27, 2012 at 11:41 am #

    The exhibition came to my country recently. Love it to bits! 😀

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