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Te Papa’s Exhibition Opens In Houston Texas

1 June 2005

Media Release Te Papa’s The Lord Of The Rings Motion Picture Trilogy – The Exhibition Opens In Houston Texas

Te Papa’s hugely successful The Lord of the Rings Motion Picture Trilogy – The Exhibition opens at Houston Museum of Natural Science in Texas on Sunday 4 June 2005 until 28 August 2005. The special media preview and official opening is on Thursday 2 June.

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.

Following its first four international venues since opening at Te Papa, the exhibition has received over a million visits. During its season the National Museum of Science and Industry in London it attracted 260,000 visitors, at the Science Centre in Singapore over 120,000 visitors attended, at the Museum of Science, Boston it attracted over 210,000 visitors, and at its most recent venue at The Powerhouse Museum, Sydney it attracted over 198,000 visitors.

Te Papa’s Director of Marketing and Communications, Paul Brewer, will speak at the media preview in Houston on Thursday 2 June. A large number of American 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 which has now attracted over a million visitors world wide’, 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 Houston, the exhibition will open at the Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis in October 2005.

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