Sunday, 1 July 2012

Harry Potter: The exhibition

Harry Potter The Exhibition now at The ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands is basically an exhibition of the 200 or so props from all the Harry Potter movies, with artifacts displayed in settings inspired by the film set. A good way to make money and great sets mean Potter fans get to relive the magic of the franchise.

It runs from 2nd of June to 30th September.It costs S$24 per person for non-Singaporeans. The exchange rate is now 2.44 so you do the maths. It's not exactly cheap for a small exhibition but i would say as someone currently based in Jb that it was well worth it!

Getting there though was a little less straight forward.

Having gone to Marina Bay Sands before, way back when it just opened for business and all it had was a casino, i figured i'd have no problem  getting there and thus did not take much of an effort to do a google search on how to get there before the trip.

Luckily for us, we (my brother and I) met a kind Singaporean guy who was working at the exhibition, who brought us all the way there! He even gave us a few general tips on the exhibition, and gave suggestions on what to do after the exhibition. No wonder tourism in Singapore is thriving!The people are super helpful and knowledgeable!

We initially figured that since we had to book a time slot (we chose 11am-11:59 am), we would have to be there on time (at 11am sharp) and had only 1 hour to roam the place. Hence our initial desperate-ness at reaching there 11 sharp. Thankfully we found out from our pseudo tour guide that the time stated was when the ticket holder could enter (anytime between 11 and 11:59 am) and we could stay at the exhibition as long as we wanted.

That made perfect sense from a business point of view. Also the visitors wont be jostling with crowds of people at the venue. These Singaporeans plan everything! I like and don't like. More on that later.

The entrance of the exhibition.

Remember the flying car from the second movie/book? 

Unfortunately though, that's about all the fairly clear pictures i have to show, since the organizers have come up with some rules...

No filming of photography allowed or we would be 'expelled', so aptly put by one of the fake students of Hogwarts with an even more fake 'Engrish' accent. But then again it would be weird for her to speak in just normal English, so bravo on that. I just don't dig the over-the-top theatrics.

This was the point where no photography was allowed.

Somehow my camera seemed to have accidentally captured a blur shot of the Hermione exhibit.. hmmm.. how curious..

No more shots of the exhibition since rules are rules. It made perfect sense anyway. This is a travelling exhibition, with exhibits travelling all around the world. If every blogger in the world takes photos and posts it, then it takes the fun out of all the hard work put into the exhibition.

No one however said anything about taking pictures of the souvenir shop fashioned into Diagon Alley after the exhibition. Diagon Alley was so movie-like it should be part of the exhibition. The prices though were not that great.

Below are Harry Potter and Ron Weasley collection boxes.. costing something like S$40-60 (sorry forgot the exact price), which contained pieces of paper for the uninitiated, but for Potter fans these are really pretty nifty looking keepsakes. The really detailed Marauders Map was one of the keepsakes in the box.

My brother as you can see was pretty interested. If he had the money he would have probably bought most of the things in the shop.

Chocolate Frogs and Bernie Bott's Every Flavoured Beans.. spotted : vomit flavour.

Was very very very tempted to but the wands.. but luckily did not. Will explain later..

Anyhow outside the exhibition, at The Shoppes at MBS, there was an exhibit we could take a picture with..

Remember this from the first movie?

My brother bought this  from 'Diagon Alley'. Can't believe it costs S$75, but no one i think can walk away empty handed from the souvenir shop, especially if you're a big Potter fan.

Some interesting bits of trivia about the exhibition from 8Days.

But erm, they made a mistake about the Robert Pattinson bit though. There were 2 outfits of his on display.

One of the sets at the exhibition, Hagrid's Hut.

More trivia.

On why i said i was lucky i did not buy a S$ 75 wand was because, they sell it for S$40 in Orlando! Not too sure if it's the same wand they're talking about, but how many wand manufacturers are there?

It's worth going if you're in Singapore or nearby, but traveling all the way from KL like my blogger pal Laura and her friends? Only if you are a true diehard Harry Potter fan! At most you'd spend 2 hours there. There's also an Andy Warhol exhibition on at the same time if you're interested.

Getting there: From Jb- MRT from Kranji to Marina Bay. Then get onto the circle line to Bayfront station. From there you walk in air conditioned comfort to the ArtScience Museum.

Ticketing details here.


LauraLeia said...

Woohoo! You went there too! I'm so jelly of the Hogwarts crest hoodie. XD

saltvinegar said...

Huhuhu it's my brother's.. and he's been parading around the house wearing it :P


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