Thursday, June 28, 2012

Harry Potter: A Magical Experience at the ArtScience Museum

By Nur Wahidah, Year 2, Diploma in Mass Media Management

Harry Potter fans, hang on to your seats right now. I’m sure you will definitely love this article as it’s about the latest exhibition at the ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands (MBS) - Harry Potter.

My heart was thumping with excitement as I was walked through MBS Shopping Mall, admiring all the Harry Potter Exhibition posters that could be found at almost every angle.

First of all, if you hate crowds, I suggest you don’t visit this exhibition on a Friday or during the weekends. From tourists to locals to teenagers, the Harry Potter exhibition has truly attracted massive crowds. The exhibition has received such a huge response that only a certain number of tickets could be sold for different entry times. Hence, my ticket only permitted me to enter the exhibition at 6pm.

Before I even stepped into the exhibition itself, there was a long line of people, waiting for their pictures to be taken. The staff will hand you a Gryffindor or Slytherin scarf and a wand to pose with. These pictures can be purchased later on.

I could also see the famous “invisible flying car” displayed outside the exhibition area. Many excited Potter fans were snapping pictures of it.

All 7 Harry Potter Movie Posters were displayed in the “waiting area” once you’re done having your picture taken. I only waited for about 10 minutes before I was allowed to enter.

I shall not spoil the exhibition for you but I’ll tell you what you can expect. You’ll be meeting the sorting hat, definitely. Who knows, you might even find out which house – Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Slytherin or Ravenclaw - you’ll be sorted to. You’ll be surrounded by moving pictures. Step into Hagrid’s hut and see how big the character actually is. Enter the dark forest and be frightened by the Deatheaters and have the opportunity to actually pull out a crying Mandrake!

Intrigued enough? These are only a few of the highlights of the exhibition. There’s definitely more to see there. All costumes and props displayed are from the movie itself. So you’ll actually know how tall Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson is.

Even though it was quite a short trip, it was definitely a memorable one. I spent less than an hour exploring the exhibition so I suggest you take your time and examine every inch of the props because it is truly a magical experience.

If you plan to shop, don’t forget to bring some extra cash! Be sure to try out the Jellybeans and Chocolate frogs ($6 each) as it is delicious and you’ll get to taste the unique flavours like grass, earwax, cinnamon and booger! You can’t get those flavours easily anywhere.

The unique Jellybean flavours

As no photography is allowed inside the exhibition, I’ll leave you with this trailer of the exhibition where you can glimpse some of the exhibits. Enjoy! And be sure to catch this exhibition held at the ArtScience Museum! It opens everyday from 10am to 10pm (Last admission at 9pm) ends on the 30th September.


Wahidah is a second year student doing her Diploma in Mass Media Management. She is passionate about writing, travel, food and good music. Her idea of a good time is spending an afternoon with a few friends over a cup of hot chocolate, or watching classic films featuring stars like Audrey Hepburn, Dick Van Dyke, Julie Andrews and so on. Her dream is to travel and have a food adventure around the world.


  1. hello! when did you visit the exhibition and do you think it's still crowded since it's midway through september? :(
    i'm thinking of heading there with my friends this saturday, but i'm not sure how crowded it'll be on weekends. think you could give me a decent gauge?

  2. Hello Judith! From what I know, exhibitions at the ArtScience Museum are usually crowded during Friday evenings and weekends. But I don't think it will be as crowded as it was during the opening. However, do avoid going there during the last few days (especially the last day) of the exhibition. From what I've heard, the last few days of the exhibitions are always crowded.