Tickets for “Harry Potter: The Exhibition” at the Franklin Institute Now on Sale
Recently, we reported that Harry Potter: The Exhibition would be making its merry way around the globe in 2022 and premiering at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on February 18.
Earlier this week, the Franklin Institute announced via a press conference that tickets are now on sale. The conference featured, among others, Mayor of Philadelphia Jim Kenney, who spoke of his excitement of the exhibition debuting at the Franklin Institute. Kenney stated that the Institute is “a local treasure with a global reputation“ and also hoped that the event would “help bring back tourism to how it was before the pandemic.“
Getting attendees of the press conference in the magical mood was the Philly POPS orchestra, who played some of the music from the movie franchise. Fans also delighted in hearing hints of what the exhibition will include and how one lucky winner could be the first person through the door by winning the grand prize of four entry tickets and a two-night hotel stay in Philadelphia.
Tickets are now on sale for the world premiere of Harry Potter: The Exhibition, opening February 18, 2022 at The Franklin Institute. https://t.co/U0ox1iPfa2 #HarryPotterExhibition pic.twitter.com/8giebv19ib
— The Franklin Institute (@TheFranklin) November 3, 2021
The exhibition will be spread over “thousands of square feet” and is split into ten spellbinding sections, including the Great Hall and the Forbidden Forest. Guests will enter via a King’s Cross station setup, select their House and wand, and then begin their personalized and enchanting journey.
The exhibition uses “best-in-class immersive design and technology,“ enabling fans to become fully immersed in the filmmaking wizardry that brought iconic moments, sets, and characters from the Potter movies, as well as Fantastic Beasts and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, to life. In addition, visitors will be able to get up close to props and original costumes and wander through “beautifully crafted environments.”
Ahead of the exhibition, a 13-foot-tall illuminated Hogwarts Castle frontage, alongside four Golden Snitches atop pedestals, will be installed in the Franklin Institute from November 3 to November 10. The Snitch display will then move to various locations across the Northeast. Not only will this be an amazing photo opportunity for Potterheads, but the display also features a QR code enabling fans to enter their email address into the prize draw and play Seek the Golden Snitch via an augmented reality experience.
Head to these venues for a chance of winning a prize: the Independence Visitor Center in Philadelphia, PA, the Promenade at Sagemore in Marlton, New Jersey, and Peddler’s Village in New Hope, PA. There are no dates yet, but fans are encouraged to keep an eye on Harry Potter: The Exhibition and follow #HarryPotterExhibition on social media for the upcoming information.
So what are the prizes? One lucky winner will win the grand prize of four tickets to the exhibition and have the great honor of being the very first to enter plus a two-night stay at a Philadelphia hotel. Other prizes include $500, exhibition merch, and family membership to the Franklin Institute.
If you do not win the prize, fear not – you can still purchase your tickets via the Franklin Institute website. Daytime tickets (from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) are $43 for adults, $41 for seniors and members of the military (active or retired), and $39 for children (ages 3–11). Daytime tickets include entry to the exhibition, admission to the Franklin Institute, and one Fels Planetarium show.
Evening tickets are available for Thursday to Sunday only. Entry is between 5:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., and the exhibition closes at 8:00 p.m. For a timed entry ticket for the exhibition only, the rate is $30. A VIP ticket costs $59, is valid for any time slot for the date purchased, and includes an immediate access pass, an exclusive exhibition lanyard, and a discount on an audio tour and a photo op.
Harry Potter Fan Club members who purchased presale tickets did so in their thousands. Ticket sales soared, and more than 13,000 were sold in the first 12 hours.
Will you be purchasing tickets to Harry Potter: The Exhibition? Or will you use your Felix Felicis to try to win one of those fantastic prizes? Let us know in the comments.