James Cameron Announces AVATAR: THE EXHIBITION; Set to Open Next June in Seattle

     December 6, 2010


James Cameron has made the biggest blockbuster movie of all time and, with two sequels already lined up, will continue to ride on its success for a long time. But what he has lined up next is better than the coolest memorabilia: Avatar: The Exhibition.is due to open on June 4, 2011 at Seattle’s Science Fiction Museum.

Organized by Experience Music Project|Science Fiction Museum (EMP|SFM) in association with 20th Century Fox and director James Cameron’s production company Lightstorm Entertainment, the show will bring the imaginative world of Pandora to life. More details after the jump.

Sketches, artifacts, handmade models of the Na’vi characters, costumes and the AMP (Armored Mobility Platform) suit used in the combat scenes in the epic sci-fi film are among the many items that will go on display. Visitors will also have fun pretending they’re James Cameron, Sam Worthington or Zoe Saldana through the many interactive installations that feature 3D technology and motion capture.


James Cameron wants it to be an enlightening experience and explains how it’s an explorative ride through Pandora’s creation and culture and its groundbreaking technology:

“The exhibition is going to be a unique opportunity for people to learn more not only about how the film was made, but also experience Pandora in a much deeper way. Fans will be able to see in-person the workmanship behind the film, whether it’s how scenes are captured; or how a Na’vi costume was built first as a real world garment then produced digitally. It’ll create a tactical reality that’ll be a good companion to having seen the movie.”

Brooks Peck, Associate Curator at EMP|SFM, also said in a press release:

“We’re honored to work with James Cameron and debut Avatar: The Exhibition at our museum in Seattle. Avatar completely revolutionized filmmaking, advancing production technologies and processes, and forever changing how we watch movies. In the exhibition, we’ll bring to life the imagination of Avatar as well as the technological innovations Cameron mastered to capture the magic on-screen.”

Peck and Cameron explain the exhibition further:

Given the commercial phenomenon that Avatar has been, I was actually expecting a tacky amusement park to pop up anytime soon, so I’m looking forward to (sort of) being in Cameron’s seat in Seattle.

Avatar: The Exhibition will run through September 3, 2012, before making its way to other arts and cultural institutions in the US and around the globe.

As we previously reported, parts 2 and 3 of the Avatar trilogy are lined up for December 2014 and 2015.


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