TICKETS FOR HARRY POTTER: A HISTORY OF MAGIC
AT NEW-YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY TO GO ON SALE APRIL 26

Ground-Breaking British Library Exhibition Comes  to New York
Showcasing the History of Magic as Featured in Harry Potter

Exhibition Marks the 20th Anniversary of J.K. Rowling’s
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Publication in the U.S. by Scholastic

NEW YORK, NY (March 29, 2018) – The New-York Historical Society announced today that tickets for Harry Potter: A History of Magic, a British Library exhibition, will go on sale to the general public on April 26. The exhibition—the most successful showcase of all time at the British Library in London—will be on view at New-York Historical October 5, 2018–January 27, 2019. Tickets can be purchased at harrypotter.nyhistory.org beginning at 12 pm EDT on April 26.

Capturing the traditions of folklore and magic at the heart of the Harry Potter stories, Harry Potter: A History of Magic combines century-old treasures including  rare books, manuscripts, and magical objects from the collections of the British Library and New-York Historical Society, with original material from Harry Potter publisher Scholastic and J.K. Rowling’s own archives. From medieval descriptions of dragons and griffins, to the origins of the sorcerer’s stone, visitors can explore the subjects studied at Hogwarts and see original drafts and drawings by J.K. Rowling as well as Harry Potter illustrator Jim Kay.

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the U.S. publication of J.K. Rowling’ Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, New-York Historical will display illustrator Brian Selznick’s artwork that will appear on the covers of the Harry Potter series to be published by Scholastic later this year. Also on view to the public for the first time will be Mary GrandPré’s illustrations created for Scholastic’s original editions of the novels. Costumes and set models from Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which opens on Broadway in April, will be showcased in the exhibition.

Complementing the exhibition throughout its run will be a host of engaging and interactive activities sure to delight Harry Potter fans of all ages. Tickets for monthly fun trivia nights, which will put fans’ knowledge of the Wizarding World to the test, will be on sale on April 26 as well. Additional family and adult programs will be unveiled in the coming months.

Timed-entry tickets for the exhibition Harry Potter: A History of Magic are $21 for adults, $16 for seniors (65+), $13 for students, $6 for kids ages 5–13, and free for children ages 0–4; tickets include admission to the rest of the Museum. Harry Potter: A History of Magic will be open to the public Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday 10 am–6 pm, Friday 10 am–9 pm, and Sunday 10 am–5 pm from October 5, 2018–January 27, 2019. The last entry will be 45 minutes before closing. Please check our calendar for occasional gallery closures and special open days. Visit harrypotter.nyhistory.org for FAQ and to purchase tickets. Some programs may involve additional costs.

20th Anniversary
September 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of the U.S. publication of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, and Scholastic kicked off its year-long celebration in January 2018. The Wizarding World will have one of its busiest years ever in the U.S., with the opening of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Broadway in April; the British Library’s exhibition Harry Potter: A History of Magic, opening at the New York Historical Society in October; and the second Fantastic Beasts movie, The Crimes of Grindelwald, opening in cinemas in November. The Harry Potter books have sold more than 160 million copies in the U.S. alone and more than 500 million copies worldwide. The books are published in more than 200 territories in 80 languages.

SPECIAL MUSEUM AND NYHISTORY STORE HOURS—OCT. 5, 2018–JAN. 27, 2019:
Tuesday – Thursday: 10 am – 6 pm
Friday: 10 am – 9 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 6 pm
Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm
*Pay-as-you-wish Friday Nights from 6 pm – 9 pm. Visitors must purchase timed-entry tickets to enter Harry Potter: A History of Magic.

REGULAR MUSEUM AND NYHISTORY STORE HOURS:
Tuesday – Thursday: 10 am – 6 pm
Friday: 10 am – 8 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 6 pm
Sunday: 11 am – 5 pm 

MUSEUM ADMISSION
Adults: $21
Teachers and Seniors: $16
Students: $13
Children (5–13): $6 / Children (4 and under): Free
*Pay-as-you-wish Friday Nights from 6 pm – 8 pm.

CONTACT INFORMATION
New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West (at 77th Street)
New York, NY 10024
www.nyhistory.org / (212) 873-3400

PRESS CONTACTS
New-York Historical Society
Ines Aslan - 212-485-9263 / ines.aslan@nyhistory.org
Marybeth Ihle - 212-873-3400 ext 326 / marybeth.ihle@nyhistory.org

British Library
Elsie King, Head of Media Relation - 0207 412 7105 / Elsie.King@bl.uk

Scholastic
Charisse Meloto - 212-389-3785cmeloto@scholastic.com
Kris Moran - 203-818-9204kmoran@scholastic.com

About the New-York Historical Society
The New-York Historical Society, one of America’s preeminent cultural institutions, is dedicated to fostering research and presenting history and art exhibitions and public programs that reveal the dynamism of history and its influence on the world of today. Founded in 1804, New-York Historical has a mission to explore the richly layered history of New York City and State and the country, and to serve as a national forum for the discussion of issues surrounding the making and meaning of history. The DiMenna Children’s History Museum at the New-York Historical Society presents 350 years of New York and American history through character-based pavilions, interactive exhibits and digital games, and the Barbara K. Lipman Children’s History Library. The DiMenna Children’s History Museum encourages families to explore history together through permanent installations and a wide range of family learning programs for toddlers, children, and preteens.

About the British Library
The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom and one of the world’s greatest research libraries. It provides world class information services to the academic, business, research, and scientific communities and offers unparalleled access to the world’s largest and most comprehensive research collection. The Library’s collection has developed over 250 years and exceeds 150 million separate items representing every age of written civilization and includes books, journals, manuscripts, maps, stamps, music, patents, photographs, newspapers, and sound recordings in all written and spoken languages. Up to 10 million people visit the British Library website―www.bl.UK―every year where they can view up to 4 million digitized collection items and over 40 million pages. See more at: www.bl.uk

About Scholastic Corporation
Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL) is the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books, a leading provider of core literacy curriculum and professional services, and a producer of educational and entertaining children’s media. The Company creates quality books and ebooks, print and technology-based learning programs for pre-K to grade 12, classroom magazines and other products and services that support children's learning both in school and at home. With operations in 14 international offices and exports to 165 countries, Scholastic makes quality, affordable books available to all children around the world through school-based book clubs and book fairs, classroom collections, school and public libraries, retail and online. True to its mission of 97 years to encourage the personal and intellectual growth of all children beginning with literacy, the Company has earned a reputation as a trusted partner to educators and families. Learn more at www.scholastic.com.

IMAGE CREDIT: Illustration by Jim Kay © Bloomsbury Publishing Plc 2016

 

Date: 
Thursday, March 29, 2018
Creative: Tronvig Group