Harry Potter Exhibition at Franklin Institute Already Sold for 39,000 Tix

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And it does not even open until February. Here’s what you need to know about the world premiere of “Harry Potter: The Exhibition”.


a banner outside the Franklin Institute promoting the Harry Potter exhibition, which opens in February in Philadelphia

A banner outside the Franklin Institute advertising the Harry Potter exhibition opening in February in Philadelphia (photo courtesy of “Harry Potter: The Exhibition” / Franklin Institute)

To say that there is great enthusiasm for the upcoming world premiere of Harry Potter exhibition at the Franklin Institute is, to put it mildly. After a short pre-sale for members only, tickets for the Harry Potter show went on sale to the public last Wednesday. And on Tuesday morning, the total number of tickets sold was around 39,000.

For some perspective, we contacted a spokesman for the Franklin Institute, who explained that pre-sales for the Harry Potter exhibition – technically called “Harry Potter: The Exhibition” – have already exceeded pre-sales for every other exhibition in the history of the Franklin Institute with one exception. of the King Tut exhibit from 2007 and “Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes,” which ran at the museum in 2019. And this is for an exhibit that doesn’t even open until February 18th. So the Harry Potter exhibit could easily smash all records as there are still three months of advance sales left. The exhibition is due to close in September 2022.

Tickets for the Harry Potter exhibition are time-limited, and day and evening options are available. Day tickets cost $ 39 for children ages three to 11 and $ 43 for anyone ages 12 and up, and these tickets include admission to the rest of the museum, which closes at 7 p.m. 17. Evening tickets, which only give access to the Harry Potter exhibit, cost $ 30 flat. (Children two and under are free at all times.) Evening tickets are only available Thursday through Sunday with timed admission from 6 p.m. 17:00, and the exhibition closes at. 20.00

There is also a “VIP” option. The $ 59 ticket gives you instant access (i.e .: no lines) whenever you decide to show up on the day you choose when you purchase the ticket. You also get an “exclusive display cord” and a discount on an audio tour and a kind of photo opportunity. That’s $ 236 (well, $ 248 once you set the “service charge”) for a family of four – two bucks less than the Philadelphia Museum of Arts’ most expensive annual membership, which gets four adults into the PMA (and more than 50 others). art museums around the country) as many times as they want. I guess it all depends on how much of a Potterhead you (or your loved ones) are.

That’s good and well. But what exactly is The Harry Potter exhibition? The Franklin Institute is a science museum. And sorcery and science are at the very opposite end of the spectrum of reality. Well, according to the organizers, the exhibition will use “best-in-class immersive design and technology” to bring some of the most iconic moments in the films to life and will showcase the actual technology and artistry that went into creating the films. You will also get to see actual costumes and props that appeared in the movies.

The Harry Potter exhibition is a particularly big moment for the Franklin Institute because it is the exhibition’s world premiere. After Philadelphia, “Harry Potter: The Exhibition” is scheduled to embark on a global journey with stops in Latin America, Asia, the Middle East and Africa.



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