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Te Papa's LOTR Exhibition Opens In Sydney

20 December 2004
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TE PAPA'S THE LORD OF THE RINGS MOTION PICTURE TRILOGY - THE EXHIBITION OPENS IN SYDNEY

Te Papa's hugely successful The Lord of the Rings Motion Picture Trilogy - The Exhibition opens at The Powerhouse Museum, Sydney on Sunday 26 December 2004 until 31 March 2005. The special media preview of the exhibition is at 11am on Tuesday 22 December.

The Lord of the Rings Motion Picture Trilogy - The Exhibition was developed by Te Papa in conjunction with New Line Cinema over a two-year period. It broke all previous attendance records for a museum exhibition in New Zealand with over 220,000 visitors at Te Papa. During its season at the Science Museum in London it attracted 258,000 visitors, pre-selling more than the previous Bond and Titanic exhibitions put together. At the Science Centre in Singapore over 100,000 visitors attended, and at its most recent venue at the Museum of Science, Boston it attracted over 200,000 visitors.

Te Papa's Director of Marketing and Communications, Paul Brewer, will speak at the media preview in Sydney on 22 December, along with the Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation for New South Wales, Hon Sandra Nori. A large number of Australian media are expected to attend.

'Te Papa is very proud to be able to showcase the talent and ground breaking creativity of Peter Jackson and his teams in this exciting exhibition of which hundreds of thousands of people around the world are enjoying', Paul Brewer said.

The Lord of the Rings Motion Picture Trilogy - The Exhibition is interactive and immersive. Featuring film footage, props, costumes and artefacts from the movies, the exhibition gives visitors a unique opportunity to explore the fantastic world created for the film trilogy and the groundbreaking technology behind the movies. After Sydney, the exhibition will open at the Houston Museum of Natural Science in Texas.

ENDS


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