Over 70,000 Lord of the Rings fans have so far booked to see The Lord of the Rings Motion Picture Trilogy – The Exhibition – smashing all records for London’s Science Museum.

The unprecedented demand means that advanced booking is the only way to guarantee entry to the exhibition at weekends. However, new time slots mean that weekday visitors do NOT need to pre-book except during the half term school holidays (Monday 27 October to Friday 31 October inclusive).

The exhibition is the only chance European fans will have to explore for themselves the fantastic world created for The Lord of the Rings films. The exhibition closes on 11 January 2004.

Hundreds of artefacts from the movies including models, armoury andanimatronics will feature alongside interactive computer and mechanical demonstrations of the cutting-edge technology used to bring the story to life.

The fascinating exhibition will transport visitors into the world ofMiddle-earth, allowing them to become Hobbit-sized, see prosthetics and props including Hobbit feet and the contact lenses used to give the Orcs their unique look, giant models including Hobbiton Mill and Treebeard, and a dazzling array of armour and costumes from the films.

The exhibition culminates with a face-to-face encounter with the central icon from the films – the One Ring itself. Tickets can be pre-booked 24 hours a day on 0870 906 3890 (booking feeapplies) or at www.sciencemuseum.org.uk

Ticket Prices:

Monday – Friday: Adults £9.95, Children/Concessions £6.95Saturday – Sunday: Adults £11.95, Children/Concessions £8.95

Although photography is not allowed inside the exhibition, visitors can buy a souvenir photo of themselves transformed to the size of a Hobbit in the interactive scaling area.

The Lord of the Rings Motion Picture Trilogy – The Exhibition media centre: www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/press