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Museum of Science, Boston, MA, USA

The Lord of the Rings Motion Picture Trilogy The Exhibition

The Boston stop at the Museum of Science is the first stop on the North American Continent. Many, many caught the exhibit, please check our other tabs here for reviews.
  • Museum of Science, Boston
    • General museum web site:
    • Museum exhibit FAQ:
    • Ticketing Information on the web site
      • MOS Members, $3
      • General admission: Adults $19, Seniors $17, Children $16
        • If you belong to another museum group, check the websites to see if they have complement memberships within the  MOS groups... you may be eligible for $3 tickets.
      • Tickets are on sale now
      • Ticket Sales :
        • by phone: 617-723-2500
        • timed entry, but you may stay as long as you wish.
        • Hours:  Sat-Thurs: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri: 9 a.m.-9 p.m
      •  More info on tickets in our May 3rd press release.
    • Run dates:
      • Aug 1, 2004 - Oct 24, 2004
    • Special event Sunday August 1, 2004 from 12:01 am to 8:45 am.  Special ticket price of $5 for this one time only event.. 
    • Costumes encouraged.  No weapons, not even the prop variety or even staffs.
    • Bring a sketch pad.  No cameras allowed!
    • Visiting Boston  information <here>

LOTR Costume Events that were planned around the exhibit

  • Main gathering times
    • Opening Party was..
      • Midnight event, July 1 / August 1, 2004
        • dinner plans before
      • 9am, August 1, 2004
    • Check for reviews in this section and see photos <here>
    • Labor Day weekend / Ringers Moot & WorldCon
    • October 4, 2004, 9am

For the most up-to-date information... join and read the message archive. 

If you want to know when people are going, first check the yahoo database: there is a table set up for the exhibit (called "Boston"), browse through, add on when you've decided what you're doing. Then everyone can find who's going to be there when they are.




(Plan to bring pencil and paper... no photos... and they're being fair about it.)

Press Releases

October Specials (updated)

October 16th ( Sat.):   Sean Astin (Sam Gamgee) will visit the Museum for signing. No ticket required.  10am to 12pm and 1pm to 3pm in the Atrium at the foot of the stairs to the exhibit. Copies of his book will be for sale and he will also sign one additional item. No photographs will be allowed.

There's a 'New Zealand Food and Wine Tasting' on Oct. 14th;
reservations required (see the url above).

Metal forging demonstration on 10/9; 'Combat: Science and History'
lecture and demo on 10/9, 1-2:30 p.m., by staff from the John Woodman Higgins Armory Museum in Worcester, MA.

'Combat Choreography,' 10/9, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Watch LOTR combat
choreographer Tony Wolf lead a master class in the Museum's Blue Wing.

First Friday lecture:  10/1, 7 p.m., "Editing 'Wizardry' in "The Lord
of the Rings" Motion Picture Trilogy," Annie Collins, film editor.
Free seating tickets available after 5;45 p.m. in the Musuem lobby.

May 3, 2004 information for the MOS

We will be encouraging guests to attend in costume throughout the entire run (August 1st to October 24). All we ask is that all weaponry (and staffs) be left at home.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public on June 1st at 9:00 AM through three methods...

In person Box Office sales at the museum
Telephone sales at 617 723 2500
Web sales at

Tickets will be sold in 15 minute increments to control the
flow of people and to minimize waiting queues. You should plan being inside the exhibit for at least 50 minutes to really experience/enjoy it.

Be aware that people who have a membership with the Museum of Science have started to buy tickets already (they were able to as of May 1st). Also, the time slots from 12:01 AM to 8:45 AM on August 1st will not go on sale to anyone (members and non-members) until June 1st. Another good reason to go during those unusual hours on the first day.

Items in the exhibit:

  • The exhibit list is assumed to be the same as Te Papa... see the list <here>
  • This list is compiled from the press releases
    • Frodo and the Hobbits, the wizards, the Black Riders, and elves from Middle-earth."  Elves include Arwen's Chase dress and Galadriel's beaded dress.  (We believe that will be the Mirror Dress.)
    • Gandalf's robes and hat made from hand-woven fabric in Indonesia
    • An "amour corridor" featuring weapons belonging to Arwen, Gandalf, Frodo and Aragorn
    • A display on prosthetics such as Hobbit feet and Orc teeth
  • Highlights:
    • "Displays of special effects such as CGI technology, and combined real and digital action Interactive "scaling" display allowing visitors to become Hobbit-sized in their own photo
    • The transformation of Gollum: His digital creation using acting and computer-generated imagery
    • The Ring experience: A large curved enclosure evoking the Cracks of Doom where the One Ring must be thrown
    • Cultures and races of Middle-earth: Looking at the Rohan and Elven cultures and the characters Aragorn, Theoden and Arwen "

Visiting Boston

Anyone want to contribute these????  We're going to have lots of out of towners.

Tips for planning your trip and extra costume and fabric sites

  • General line info
    •  All tickets will be for timed admittance. "Tickets will be sold in 15 minute increments to control the flow of people and to minimize waiting queues. You should plan being inside the exhibit for at least 50 minutes to really experience/enjoy the exhibit."
      • Hours:  Sat-Thurs: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
      • Admission to the LOTR exhibit for non-members is $19.00 U.S.D. with a separate ticket for general exhibition hall admission usable on the same day or within six months of purchase (we want you to come back!). Admission for MOS members is $3.00 (yeah, $3!  The benefits of membership; check for other science museums that have reciprocal programs; your local museum may be hooked up with ours, and you get the bennies!). 
      • The 'Science Street Cafe' is open on Fridays from 6-10 p.m., offering cocktails, appetizers, gourmet entrees, and special desserts (is pricey and not
        really intended for young, fidgety children, also plan accordingly).
    • Go to the bathroom before going in; once you leave, you
      won't be let back in unless you buy another ticket!  However, occasionally you can get a guard to let you in and out just don't plan on it.
  • General travel info
    • Downtown is net setup for lots of car and there is major construction downtown.  Park you car at the hotel and choose a public transportation option.
  • Extra sites to see


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