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Muggles Invited: Harry Potter Exhibition Comes to Chicago

HARRY POTTER fans will have a chance to get a first-hand look inside the famous wizard’s magical world through "Harry Potter: The Exhibition," which will open at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago on April 30, 2009.

Tickets are now on sale exclusively online at "Harry Potter: The Exhibition" will give visitors the opportunity to see the craftsmanship of the authentic costumes and props from the films displayed in settings inspired by the Hogwarts film sets. In partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, Becker Group, which recently combined operations with Exhibitgroup/Giltspur, created the 10,000-square-foot exhibition.

"Harry Potter: The Exhibition," which will run in Chicago through September 7, 2009, will include elaborate displays of artifacts and props from popular environments featured in the films, such as those from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, including the Gryffindor common room and Hagrid's hut.

After its run at the Museum of Science and Industry, the exhibition will be displayed in other major cultural and entertainment venues, museums and institutions in the U.S. and internationally. The exhibition will also be updated to include artifacts and costumes from the final installments of the Harry Potter film series once the production of these films has been completed.

"Harry Potter: The Exhibition" will open on Thursday, April 30 and run through Monday, September 7, 2009. The exhibition requires a time-entry ticket and will be open for guests during regular Museum hours, as well as each evening until 9:00 p.m. during the Chicago run.

The Museum of Science and Industry will begin offering tickets for the Chicago run beginning Thursday, December 11 at 10 a.m. Central Time. Tickets will only be available for purchase online at Combination admission into the Museum and "Harry Potter: The Exhibition" during the day is $26 for adults; $25 for seniors and $19 for children ages 3-11. After the museum closes, evening hour tickets are $18 for adults and seniors and $15 for children ages 3-11.