Harry Potter: The Exhibition opens this week in Cologne, Germany!

Harry Potter: The Exhibition continues its world tour with its German debut occurring this Friday, October 3 in Cologne!

The Exhibition features props, costumes, sets, and other behind-the-scenes items from the Harry Potter films. Since its 2009 debut in Chicago, the Exhibition has traveled not only around the United States but also internationally, to Canada, Japan, Singapore, Australia, and Sweden, and will premiere this week to German fans at the Odysseum Adventure Museum in Cologne.

Andreas Waschk, CEO of AWC AG, the company that brought the Exhibition to the Odysseum, has said,

We are proud to present Germany with Harry Potter: The Exhibition at the ODYSSEUM. We could not be happier that the opening day is finally here and are thrilled to see the excitement in everyone who has the chance to experience this truly magical exhibition.

The exhibit had its grand opening on Wednesday, with Matthew Lewis in attendance, and will open to the public on Friday, October 3. The exhibit will be open daily during the show’s limited run. You can buy tickets here. The Odysseum is open Monday-Thursday 9:00 a.m-7:00 p.m. and Friday-Sunday 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.

We hope all fans in the area get the chance to visit this wonderful exhibit – it’s a can’t-miss for any Potter fan!

[toggle title=”Press Release” state=”close” ]HARRY POTTER™: THE EXHIBITION OPENS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2014
AT THE ADVENTURE MUSEUM ODYSSEUM IN COLOGNE

Tickets for German Premiere On Sale Now www.odysseum.de

October 1, 2014 – COLOGNE, Germany – Harry Potter fans in Germany will finally have the chance to take a step into the famous wizard’s magical world when Harry Potter: The Exhibition opens its doors this Friday at the Adventure Museum ODYSSEUM in Cologne‐Kalk. The exhibition will be open to the public for a limited time beginning October 3, 2014, and tickets are available now at www.odysseum.de

The world‐class exhibition, created by Global Experience Specialists, Inc. (GES) in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, was transported to Cologne in twenty‐five semi-trucks and took fifteen days to set up at the ODYSSEUM. Once inside, visitors will be awed by dramatic displays inspired by the film sets and see the amazing craftsmanship behind hundreds of authentic costumes, props and creatures from the films.

“We are proud to present Germany with Harry Potter: The Exhibition at the ODYSSEUM. We could not be happier that the opening day is finally here, and are thrilled to see the excitement in everyone who has the chance to experience this truly magical exhibition,” commented Andreas Waschk, CEO of AWC AG and general manager of Science Center Services GmbH.
The ODYSSEUM will be the exhibition’s second stop on its European tour following a stop in Norrköping, Sweden, at Nya Parken. Since its highly successful premiere at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago in 2009, it has been presented in a variety of major cultural and entertainment institutions and museums in cities around the world including Boston, Toronto, Seattle, New York, Sydney, Singapore and Tokyo.

Harry Potter: The Exhibition will be shown from October 3, 2014 for a limited time, and will be open during the ODYSSEUM’s regular opening hours: Mondays to Thursdays from 9 am to 7 pm, Fridays to Sundays, bank holidays and school holidays in North Rhine-Westphalia from 9 am to 8 pm.

Tickets to Harry Potter: The Exhibition are available at the ODYSSEUM’s box office, through the ticket hotline 01805-404760 or through www.odysseum.de and eventim.de. Timed-entry tickets are required, and last entry will be 90 minutes before closing of the ODYSSEUM. Tickets for Harry Potter: The Exhibition include general admission to the Adventure Museum and are 29,95€ for adults, 23,95€ for children and 99,95€ for families. Audio tours are available, limited to a daily allotment; it is highly recommended to reserve them in advance.

HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are trademarks of and ©Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Harry Potter Publishing Rights ©JKR.
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About the ODYSSEUM
The ODYSSEUM is Germany’s first science-adventure‐museum. It is situated in one of Europe’s most densely populated regions, and it encompasses 7,500 square meters of exhibition space. More than 360,000 visitors of all ages experience more than 150 exhibits every year, most of which have been exclusively designed for the ODYSSEUM making it a renowned extracurricular learning location. Hence the ODYSSEUM has been awarded with the prestigious Micheletti Award 2011 as one of the best seven European museums by a committee of international experts. 2013 the ODYSSEUM celebrated its relaunch with new attractions like “The Game,” the “Clever-­‐Labs,” and the “Museum with the MOUSE” in cooperation with the Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR).

About AWC AG
Prior to forming Andreas Waschk Consulting in 1989, a specialist project development company for attractions, CEO Andreas Waschk was involved in the music business managing tours for world famous artists such as the Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson and Luciano Pavarotti. Rebranded to AWC AG in 2006, the company is proud to have been involved in a number of diverse and successful projects. These included – amongst others – advising Ripley Entertainment Inc. and Merlin Entertainments on their European development expansion plans, attracting over 1.5 million visitors to the Titanic exhibition in Hamburg, developing one of the most successful German science centers — Odysseum in Cologne – and creating the Berlin visitor attraction The Story of Berlin. With over 20 years of industry knowledge and expertise, a dedicated professional team and a carefully selected and steadily growing network of international venues, AWC AG offers a variety of touring exhibitions products and extensive services all around visitor attractions, including development.

About Global Experience Specialists (GES)
Global Experience Specialists, Inc. (GES), a Viad Corp (NYSE: VVI) company, is a leading marketing company that produces exhibitions, events, exhibits and entertainment experiences. GES provides a wide range of services, including turnkey official show services, cutting-­‐edge creative and design, marketing and measurement services – all with an unrivaled global reach. GES partners with leading shows and brands, including Warner Bros. Consumer Products, CONEXPO-­‐CON/AGG and IFPE, Bell Helicopter, L’Oreal, and Simon Property Group. GES’ National Servicenter® has been recognized with certification under the J.D. Power and Associates Certified Call Center Program℠ for the past six years, and for the fifth year in a row Ad Age has named GES as one of the “World’s 50 Largest Agency Companies.” For more information visit ges.com.

About Warner Bros. Consumer Products
Warner Bros. Consumer Products, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.
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