To celebrate the UK premiere of The Return of the King, the Science Museum is offering half price entry to The Lord of the Rings Motion Picture Trilogy – The Exhibition – to anyone who dresses up as character from the trilogy.

The special offer will apply on Thursday 11 December, the day the film’s stars gather in London for the premiere at the Odeon in Leicester Square.

To qualify for half price entry, visitors must convince staff that they resemble a character from the famous films. Visitors in fancy dress can also take home a free photo of themselves shrunk to the size of a hobbit on Gandalf’s famous cart.

The exhibition, which exposes the secrets behind the making of the hit film trilogy, has been a huge hit, welcoming over 150,000 visitors since opening. The Science Museum is the only European venue to host the priceless exhibits.

The exhibition is a perfect opportunity to enjoy an up close and personal encounter with props, costumes and sets from the films before The Return of the King hits UK cinemas on December 17.

The Lord of the Rings Motion Picture Trilogy – The Exhibition has 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.

Science Museum Commercial Operations Manager Sally Davies, said: “We thought it would be a bit of fun to celebrate the launch of the final installment. It’s also a chance for die hard fans to get dressed up and save a bit of money at the same time.”

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

* A scaling interactive explaining one way that the films 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

* The Science Museum will be running a series of adult and family events during the autumn half term and 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