Te Papa, New Zealand, staging the Return of The Lord of the Rings

From The New Zealand Herald:

While director Peter Jackson has moved on from the Lord of the Rings films and remade King Kong, his fellow Wellingtonians can't leave the Tolkien movies behind them.

An exhibition of Rings memorabilia opened at Te Papa on Good Friday, and the crowds have flocked in for a return season of the show which first time around was the most popular in the national museum's history.

More than 8000 people have seen the exhibition in the past four days.

When it first went on show at Te Papa, in December 2002, 1600 people saw the show on its opening day, so if the exhibition can continue to attract such crowds it could threaten its own visitor record of 220,000 people.

"A lot of the people who have come so far are return visitors who saw it the first time and are saying that it's even better than the first time around," Te Papa communications manager Bridget MacDonald said.

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