Tickets For Harry Potter: The Exhibition
Tickets are available now for Harry Potter: The Exhibition, and they do sell out several days in advance for popular dates. If you have a specific date and time that youd like to visit, I definitely recommend getting tickets as soon as possible.
Tickets for daytime admission are $43 for adults and $39 for children between 3 and 11.
Daytime tickets include admission to the entire Franklin Institute. This is a really wonderful museum , so I definitely recommend checking it out if youve never been.
If you want to save a bit of money, you can get evening tickets for $30 per person which only include access to the Harry Potter exhibition.
What To Expect At The Exhibit
Entering at Kings Cross Station , fans will have a chance to choose their own house and wand and take a personalized journey through a 20,000-square-foot immersive experience featuring 10 different areas, from Hogwarts Castle to Hagrids Hut, according to a news release.
There will also be props and costumes on display from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts film series.
The show, billed as the most comprehensive touring exhibition ever presented about the Wizarding World, is a production of Imagine Exhibitions, the Atlanta company behind other previous shows at the Franklin like Jurassic World and The Titanic.
While the exhibit has no ties to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando, Warner Bros., which owns the rights to the Harry Potter film series, is a partner of the exhibit, said Tom Zaller, CEO of Imagine Exhibitions.
About 60% of the exhibit will be iconic, immersive moments, while the other 40% will feature behind-the-scenes insight into the making of the films, Zaller said.
Its going to be amazing. Its a very comprehensive show, he said. Its all of the Wizarding World. There will be beasts, props, costumes, moments to celebrate, and personalized experiences.
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A banner outside the Franklin Institute advertising the Harry Potter exhibit, which opens in February in Philadelphia
To say there is great enthusiasm for the upcoming world premiere Harry Potter exhibit at the Franklin Institute is putting it mildly. After a short members-only presale, tickets to the Harry Potter exhibit went on sale to the general public last Wednesday. And as of Tuesday morning, the total number of tickets sold stood at around 39,000.
For some perspective, we reached out to a spokesperson for the Franklin Institute, who explained that the advance sales for the Harry Potter exhibit its technically called Harry Potter: The Exhibition have already exceeded the advance sales for every other exhibit in the Franklin Institutes history except for the 2007 King Tut exhibit and Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes, which ran at the museum in 2019. And this is for an exhibit that doesnt even open until February 18th. So the Harry Potter exhibit could very well smash all records, given that there are still three months of advance sales to go. The exhibit is set to close in September 2022.
The Harry Potter exhibit is an especially big moment for the Franklin Institute, because this is the exhibits world premiere. After Philadelphia, Harry Potter: The Exhibition is scheduled to embark on a global voyage with stops in Latin America, Asia, the Middle East and Africa.
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Is The Harry Potter Exhibit Worth It
Below are my top six pros and cons of the Harry Potter exhibit, to help you determine if it’s worth it for you.
- Laid out well to disperse crowds in each setting
- Staff was well prepared to manage crowds
- Fun community atmosphere of excited fans
- Feels immersive and interactive with elements of technology and magic
- Covers most of the important plots, settings, plots, and characters
- Designed to please both adults and children
- Expensive for a family or group visit
- Hard to get tickets due to popularity
- Non-refundable and non-transferable tickets
- May be crowded, depending on when you go
- Parking may be difficult, depending on when you go
- No rides or amusements like you would find at Universal Studios in Florida
The Harry Potter exhibit was worth it for me. I really enjoy seeing movie memorabilia in person, and I did feel like they were placed in a really interactive, impressive, very crowd-controlled environment. I thought that the price was fair, nearly everything I wanted to see was there, and the community of museum staff and guests maintained a fun and polite atmosphere.
Beyond the memorabilia, each guest receives a “golden snitch” wristband, by which you set up a profile with your favorite Hogwarts house, Patronus, and wand. You then scan this wristband throughout the exhibit to take photos and engage in other magical tasks, like casting spells! This element really takes the Harry Potter exhibition to the next level, especially for kids.
Harry Potter: The Exhibition
World Premiere Exhibition!
The all-new behind-the-scenes exhibition celebrates the iconic moments, characters, settings, and beasts as seen in the films and stories of Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts, and the expanded Wizarding World, including Harry Potter and the Cursed Child through beautifully crafted environments that honor the iconic moments, characters, settings, and beasts fans love using best-in-class immersive design and technology to deliver an unforgettable personalized experience.
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What Is The Exhibit Like
I toured a preview of the exhibition just before it opened on Friday.
Here, according to this big fan, are the 12 coolest things you will encounter saving best for last if you and your favorite Muggles attend the show:
1. Gain points for your house by getting a Quaffle through a ring at the Quidditch match. If you ever wished you were a chaser like Ginny Weasley, this is your big chance.
2. Repot a screeching Mandrake in Professor Sprouts Herbology Class. It may leave your ears ringing, but it’s worth it. .
3. As is often the case at major exhibitions anywhere, guests will exit through the gift shop. Sometimes that is annoying but in this case its quite fun. Have some extra gold stored in your vault at Gringotts? Stock up on Harry Potter swag and gifts in the shop, which offers everything from chocolate frogs to Daily Prophet tote bags to Dobby plush dolls.
4. Conjure something Riddikulus to fend off the shape shifting Boggarts in your Defense Against the Dark Arts Class.
6. If you always wanted to cast your Patronus, now is your chance. Since I was Hermione, I got to conjure an otter and banish those joy-sucking Dementors.
7. Do watching the movie scenes in Hogwarts make you crave Cornish Pasties and Pumpkin Juice? Visit the Great Hall. While you cannot dine exactly, you will get to see those amazing, suspended candles over the mammoth tables.
My overall impression?
To paraphrase Hermione Granger, its pure pleasure.
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Harry Potter At The Franklin Institute In 202: How To Get Tickets And More
Muggles can win tickets by trying to catch Golden Snitches throughout the Philly region.
The Franklin Institute cracked open a veritable chamber of secrets Wednesday when it revealed the first details about Harry Potter: The Exhibition, a traveling show organizers hope will stupefy even the most hardened of Slytherins when it premieres in Philadelphia in February.
From wizards and witches to giant traveling Golden Snitches, the Franklin Institute is going all out to drum up excitement for the exhibition, which museum leaders and city officials hope will bring more money to Philly than exists in all of Gringotts Bank.
When we went out to get this exhibition, we really looked broader because we knew this city needed some things to help in its economic recovery as we come out of COVID, said Franklin president and CEO Larry Dubinski. The impact an exhibition like this can have, not just on the Franklin Institute but hotels, restaurants, and other arts and culture venues, will be a boon for the entire region.
More than 21,000 tickets to the exhibit were sold in pre-sale before Dubinski announced ticket sales were open to the general public Wednesday during a media event at the museums Great Hall.
While some details are still being kept as closely guarded as Azkaban Prison, heres what you should know about the exhibition .
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When It Opens And Where To Buy Tickets
Harry Potter: The Exhibition will open to the public on Friday, Feb. 18.
Daytime tickets, which include general admission to the museum, cost $43 for adults and $39 for kids. Evening tickets, which do not include general admission, are $30 for adults and children. VIP tickets which offer anytime access on the date chosen at purchase and include a photo op, an exhibition lanyard, and a discount on the audio tour are $59 for kids and adults.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.fi.edu or by calling 215-448-1200.
No end date has been announced for the show, but organizers said it is a limited engagement.
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Toasting The Wizarding World
If you’re over 21 and can’t get enough of Harry Potter, this beer’s for you. Rather, beers.
Evil Genius Beer Company, the Fishtown and Philadelphia-based brewing company, celebrates “Harry Potter: The Exhibition” and the return of in-person events with a special new exclusive beer, cocktails, a new running club, a drag brunch and a block party.
The brewery is releasing a glitter beer, Spoiler Alert: It’s LeviOSa, not LevioSA, at 6% ABV.
Evil Genius also will debut two new specialty-theme cocktails with Throwing Snowballs at Voldemort and Defrosting Broomsticks .
Hogwarts Running Club’s Harry Potter 0.5K, a charity fundraiser, will take place on Saturday, March 12. The runners will wear Hogwarts house colors and race around the block on foot, broom or owl. Tickets include a swag bag and proceeds support Trans Lifeline.
Also on March 12, Evil Genius will host the Evil Genius Block Party: The Lab Turns 5 from noon to 6 p.m.
For details, visit www.evilgeniusbeer.com.
Getting There & Tickets
Tickets to Harry Potter: The Exhibition are in high demand, with both daytime and evening tickets available. Daytime admission includes a timed ticket to Harry Potter: The Exhibition, as well as regular museum admission. Evening admission includes a timed ticket to Harry Potter: The Exhibition only.
To avoid busier times, weekday visits between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. are encouraged. Those interested in a weekend visit should purchase tickets well in advance in order to secure their preferred day and time.
Timed tickets can be purchased online through the Franklin Institutes website.
Photo by S. Ramones for Visit Philadelphia
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Win Tickets By Seeking Golden Snitches
Through a series of interactive photo-op installations that will travel throughout the Northeast over the next few months, one lucky Muggle will have the chance to win four tickets and be the first to enter the exhibition when it opens.
A 13-foot-tall display featuring a Hogwarts Castle and a floating Nimbus 2000 broomstick that fans can hop on for a photo-op will be displayed from Nov. 3 to 10 in the ticketing area of the Franklin before it travels to other, as of yet, unannounced locations. When fans scan a QR code on the display with their phones, it takes them to an augmented-reality game called Seek the Golden Snitch, where they must try to catch a Golden Snitch as it flies in and out of their screen . Once the QR code is scanned, Muggles can enter their email for a chance to win tickets.
Four giant, Hagrid-sized Golden Snitches on pedestals will also tour the Northeast and feature the same QR code and interactive game. The first four Golden Snitch locations will be at the Franklin Independence Visitor Center in Center City The Promenade at Sagemore in Marlton and Peddlers Village in New Hope and will appear within the next seven to 10 days.
To find out upcoming dates and locations for the displays, fans are urged to follow Harry Potter: The Exhibition and the Franklin Institute on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
The winning Muggle will also receive a two-night hotel stay in Philly, a $500 cash prize, merchandise, and a family membership to the Franklin.
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A Full Look At Harry Potter: The Exhibition At The Franklin Institute: Incendio Or Riddikulus
Presales for ‘Harry Potter: The Exhibition’ have already exceeded presales for all other shows at the museum since 2007.
From a cupboard under the stairs in England to the Great Hall of Hogwarts Castle, a transfiguration spell has been cast on the Franklin Institute, turning the Center City museum into a magical maze of wizarding wonder for the world premiere of Harry Potter: The Exhibition.
Running through September, the 20,000-square-foot show by Imagine Exhibitions is an interactive experience that gives muggles a chance to cast spells, play Quidditch, and immerse themselves in endless photo opportunities .
Joining your Daily Prophet reporter on the scene for a media preview of the exhibit Thursday was 8-year-old Kieran Goh, an avid Harry Potter fan and proud Gryffindor house member whose mom, Kristen Graham, is an education reporter at The Inquirer.
It was so cool! Kieran said. I love the potions room.
While even Moaning Myrtle might have a hard time finding something to complain about the exhibit, there were still a few hiccups that seemed to be getting worked out Thursday. One or two of the interactive features werent clearly marked and some guests breezed through a room which, at first, appeared to be just an immersive Marauders Map, but later morphed into an enchanting scene of Hogwarts Castle through the seasons.
Kieran particularly loved the Potions classroom, where he spent time making potion after potion on a touch screen to rack up his score.