The Science Museum in London today announced its next blockbuster exhibition – The Lord of the Rings Motion Picture Trilogy – The Exhibition.

The family exhibition, which will open before the eagerly awaited final instalment of the film trilogy this Autumn, will allow visitors to explore for themselves the fantastic world created for the Lord of the Rings films.

Props, costumes and artefacts from the films – including samples of the models, armoury, animatronics and miniatures – will feature alongside interactive computer and mechanical demonstrations of the cutting-edge technology used to bring the story to life.

The exhibition, which will run from 16 September 2003 to 11 January 2004, is expected to be a huge success.

Tickets for The Lord of the Rings Motion Picture Trilogy – The Exhibition will go on sale later in the summer.

The exhibition is developed and presented by the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa in partnership with New Line Cinema.

The Science Museum is currently London Tourist Board Visitor Attraction of the Year.