Museum Free Days Offer Discount on Harry Potter Exhibition

Today marks the opening at the Museum of Science and Industry of Harry Potter: The Exhibition” which will make its home here until late September, 2009. The ticketed exhibition (discounts on free museum days — see below) offers fans a firsthand look inside the boy wizard’s magical world and the opportunity to experience the amazing craftsmanship of more than 200 authentic costumes and props from the Harry Potter films. Guests will watch an exciting eight-screen montage of the Harry Potter film series, followed by the sound of a train whistle, then finally the revealing of a replica of the storied train Hogwarts Express itself puffing steam onto the arrival platform.

As fans continue through the exhibition, they will be taken through the world of Harry Potter via themed vignettes based on the Gryffindor common room, Hogwarts classrooms, Quidditch, Hagrid’s hut, the Forbidden Forest, an area of Dark Forces and the Great Hall. Each area has easily recognizable items from the Harry Potter films and guests will have the opportunity to pull a Mandrake from its pot in the Herbology vignette; toss a Quaffle in the Quidditch area; and tour Hagrid’s hut.

free-harry-potterHarry Potter: The Exhibition truly embodies the Museum’s mission of inspiring the inventive genius in everyone,” said David Mosena, president and CEO of the Museum. “The Harry Potter stories have sparked the imagination of kids and adults alike with their incredible creativity. As the premiere venue, and the only Midwest location on the exhibition’s U.S. tour, we are thrilled to be able to offer guests the first chance to experience the magical world of Harry Potter in a new, unique way.”

Hours and Ticket Information

This exhibit offers extended hours and will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday. After the Museum’s regular hours, only the Harry Potter exhibit will be open. (The Museum regularly closes at 4 p.m., but from May 22 – Sept. 7, it will be open until 5:30 p.m.)

Combination admission into the Museum and Harry Potter: The Exhibition during the day is $26 for adults; $25 for seniors; and $19 for children ages 3-11. After the Museum closes and on Museum free days in June, tickets are $18 for adults and seniors and $15 for children ages 3-11. The tickets to Harry Potter are timed-entry, and advance purchase is recommended at or by calling (773) 684-1414. Audio guides are also available for purchase.

Tickets can be purchased onsite at the Museum, online at or by calling the Museum at 773-684-1414 or 1-800-GO-TO-MSI.

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