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Rings exhibition welcomes 100,000th visitor

The Lord of the Rings Motion Picture Trilogy - The Exhibition, the Science Museum's exhibition exposing the secrets behind the making of the hit film trilogy, has welcomed its 100,000th visitor - just seven weeks after opening.

The exhibition, which contains over 600 props from the films, has attracted fans young and old from all over Europe.

Visitors enjoy an up-close-and-personal encounter with props, costumes and sets from the films before the final instalment of the film trilogy The Return of the King hits UK cinemas on December 18.

The Science Museum is the only European venue to host the priceless exhibits. Visitors also have a chance to see the first two films of the trilogy at the Science Museum's cinema.

The Lord of the Rings Motion Picture Trilogy - The Exhibition had already sold more advance tickets than any previous exhibition at the Science Museum. Opening hours have been extended to cope with demand and although some tickets are available at the door, advanced booking is the only way to guarantee entry.

Head of the Science Museum, Jon Tucker, said: "We are delighted that the exhibition has been such a hit. We had record numbers of visitors during the half term holidays and our research shows that exhibitions like The Lord of the Rings are introducing a whole new audience to what the Museum has to offer." 

To prevent the advanced filmmaking technology displayed in the exhibition from being copied, the use of cameras and mobile phones is prohibited.

The fascinating exhibition includes:

Demonstrations of special effects, including the combining of 'real' and 'digital' action and CGI (computer-generated-image technology).

A scaling interactive explaining one way that the filmmakers managed to make characters seem different heights, and which allows visitors to become Hobbit sized in a scene from The Fellowship of the Ring - and then
buy a print of themselves.

A display on the prosthetics which transformed actors, including Hobbit hands and feet.

Weapons belonging to Arwen, Gandalf, Frodo, and Aragorn.

Outfits including Arwen's riding costume, Galadriel's stunning dress and Gandalf's robes.

The exhibition culminates with a face-to-face encounter with the central icon from the films - The One Ring.

Tickets can be pre-booked on 0870 906 3890 24 hours (booking fee applies) or at www.sciencemuseum.org.uk

The Science Museum will be running a series events during the Christmas holidays investigating traditional and state-of-the-art filmmaking techniques.

16 September 2003 to 11 January 2004
Ticket Prices
Monday - Friday: Adults £9.95, Children/Concessions £6.95
Saturday - Sunday: Adults £11.95, Children/Concessions £8.95 
Public information and booking line
0870 906 3890 (booking fee applies)
Opening hours
The Museum has extended the weekend opening hours for this exhibition
Friday - Saturday 10am - 9pm
Sunday 10am - 7pm 
The exhibition will be open Monday - Thursday 10am - 6pm

5 November 2003


Today the Royal Mint in conjunction with official licensee, New Zealand Post launches the first of the New Zealand The Lord of the Rings collector coins. The Ring is the silent protagonist binding together the events in the iconic The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and it is fitting that the first The Lord of the Rings commemorative coin, to be struck and promoted by the Royal Mint, features this design. 

Ian McKellen's on screen character Gandalf is available on a 50 cent coin launched today as part of three sets of character coins being produced.  Ian McKellen says " I am delighted with the way Gandalf has been captured on the coin.  It is a wonderful reflection of the success of The Lord of the Rings trilogy that one of the world's leading coin producers, the Royal Mint, is striking a series of coins, which capture key characters and scenes from the films."

Aside from the Gandalf design, the stunning "One Ring" Presentation Pack features a NZ $1 crown, based on images from the trilogy.  Designed by talented Royal Mint engraver Matthew Bonaccorsi, and housed in a presentation folder featuring official New Line Cinema imagery, the crown is available as a collector coin in nickel brass for £9.95.  Also available in a presentation case, complete with a certificate of authenticity, are limited edition "One Ring" 22 carat gold (with a denomination of NZ $10) and sterling silver proof versions, both featuring the image of the ring highlighted in 22 carat gold plating. 

To order the Gandalf design or the stunning "One Ring" crown, launched today, or to place orders for the other coins, please contact the Royal Mint Coin Club on 0845 6088300 or log onto www.royalmint.com/lotr

Also see: The Origins of Tolkien's Middle Earth For Dummies®

Review of Two Towers.

The Return of the King Video Game.
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