UPDATED: “Harry Potter: The Exhibition” Is Coming to New York City
Harry Potter: The Exhibition began touring the globe in 2009, giving Potter fans the chance to immerse themselves in the Wizarding World by coming face-to-face with costumes, sets, and creatures. After already popping up in various places worldwide, fans will be pleased to hear the tour is set to arrive in New York City, New York, for the third time later this year.
While we’re still waiting on a confirmed opening date for the exhibition as well as its specific location, those eager to get their hands on tickets can join the waiting list, meaning they will be first to know when tickets go on sale as well as have access to all the latest updates.
The immersive experience allows fans to explore behind-the-scenes moments (including seeing the props, costumes, and sets firsthand), interact with magical technology that lets you choose your favorite Hogwarts House, wand, and Patronus, and take part in the storytelling itself.
Wands at the ready! ✨ Harry Potter: The Exhibition is coming to New York City!
— Harry Potter: The Exhibition (@HP_Exhibition) February 16, 2023
According to the official press release, those visiting the New York exhibition will be able to take a look at a first-edition version of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, which will be “encased in a Gringotts-inspired vault and surrounded by inspirational video and literary quotes.”
The exhibition will also feature various galleries, including a Hogwarts Castle gallery that will include Dementors, the Marauder’s Map, and the Whomping Willow, and a Hogwarts House gallery that allows you to select your House alongside the Sorting Hat and engage in various photo opportunities.
Of course, for those wanting to take a piece of Potter home with them, a souvenir shop will be set up selling merchandise and edible treats.
Harry Potter: The Exhibition is currently open in Atlanta, Georgia, and Vienna, Austria. It is also set to open in Paris, France, at the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles on April 21.
Will you be visiting Harry Potter: The Exhibition when it returns to New York? We’ll be keeping our eyes peeled for more information on its opening date and location, so stay tuned!
UPDATE (April 4):
Harry Potter: The Exhibition is now confirmed to open in New York City’s Herald Square on May 19. Those who joined the waiting list are eligible to access the presale now. Didn’t plan ahead that far? Not to worry; you won’t have long to wait. Tickets go on sale to the public officially on Thursday, April 6.
Timed-entry tickets start at $29.99, but the price varies by the time of day, as well as the day of the week, and tops off at $69. Children’s tickets, for those between the ages of 3 and 15, come with a much lower price tag. Children who are 2 or below will receive a complimentary ticket to visit. Timed-entry tickets are sold in 30-minute entry windows, meaning you may enter the experience within a half hour after the time of your booking. Three choices of sessions are available each day from May 19 until the experience ends on October 15.
Those interested may also opt to spring for special tickets at heftier prices. Flex tickets, for example, allow the guest to enter the exhibition at any time on the selected date. These start at $60 apiece before taxes and fees but can go for up to $75 with taxes and fees. Daily VIP tickets sell for $99 before taxes and fees and also permit admission at any time on the selected date, but via the dedicated VIP entry queue. These tickets also include a collectible lanyard, an audio guide, and $10 off a single purchase in the retail store. VIP ticket holders also have the advantage of being able to exchange their date of entry if needed.
The exhibition is self-guided, and guests can expect to explore for about an hour. The experience is recommended to wizards ages 5 and up since some of the immersive elements may be frightening for younger guests. Strollers will not be permitted inside the venue. Visitors with sensory sensitivities should know that the exhibition includes features such as ambient music, film-based sound bites, non-strobe flashing lights, motion-triggered media, and more throughout.