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Harry Potter Exhibition in Singapore

One of the things that my daughter and I have been avidly looking forward to is the Harry Potter Exhibition at the Art Science Museum here in Singapore. When we arrived from the States two weeks back, we made sure that this was among our first order of business (apart from cleaning the house, of course).

Click on the image to be taken to the Art Science Museum Website and the Ticketing Details.

We went on a Sunday, and contrary to expectations, it was not as fully packed as I thought it would be. A certain amount of tickets are being sold for every hour of entry, and you may want to check this website to know your preferred time and schedule. Tickets are 24 dollars per adult (20 dollars for those who are living in Singapore) and 14 dollars per child (13 dollars for residents). For Harry Potter aficionados, this is worth every penny.

As cameras are strictly not allowed inside the museum (otherwise we are put into detention with Dolores Umbridge, nosiree, I wouldn’t wish that!), I made sure that I bought the 30 dollar booklet that features the artifacts that could be found inside.

Our loot from the exhibition: the notebook is worth 18 dollars (ghastly price, but I collect notebooks, so there ya go), the photo with the simple frame is at 30 dollars (quite expensive, really), and the official booklet is also being sold separately at 30 dollars.

Here are a few things that you should look forward to in the exhibit:

My daughter was amazed that the clothes here are [supposedly] the very same ones used by the actors from the film. It was also set up quite nicely.

It was pretty amazing that they were also able to bring Harry and Ron’s bed as well as their little desk and blankets.

Perhaps the appeal for me (aside from seeing the film adaptation of Harry Potter come alive through the artifacts) is the interactive quality of the exhibit. There was this section where we had to pull up the mandrake roots and they make this ugly screeching noise similar to the one that you may have heard from the film. It was cute.

My husband and daughter also had a fun time shooting hoops in this Quidditch section over here. I thought that was a particularly inspired idea.

When we came to this creepy section over here with the Angel of Death Sculpture, the Death-Eaters and the Dementors, I was reminded of how dark the actual novels could be as readers go into Books 5-7 – and it was fully captured in the way that the artifacts have been cleverly arranged to bring about that sense of disquiet.

My only frustration was that the grand scale of the Great Hall was not fully captured, primarily because of space constraints, I would assume. It left me wanting more… I am hoping that I’d have a chance to visit the actual place where they filmed Harry Potter with the castle, Hogwarts, oh wow, that would be an awesome experience. I really should visit London soon.

If you had a chance to visit the Harry Potter Exhibition here in Singapore, do leave a comment and let me know about your experience.

Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

6 comments on “Harry Potter Exhibition in Singapore

  1. The Tripping Pencil

    This looks awesome! I would so love to see it.

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  2. MOOOOMMMM!!!! Can we get some tickets to Singapore?!!!!!? 😉 That exhibit looks COOL!

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    • Erik!!! You should visit Singapore soon! :))) Make it May 2013 in time for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content! 🙂

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