Seattle Museum to Showcase 'Avatar' Exhibit

Avatar fans will have to wait until 2014 before part two of James Cameron's 3D CGI mega-hit arrives in theaters, but that doesn't mean that the well has run dry.

Beginning Saturday, the Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame (longest museum name ever?) in Seattle will showcase various exhibits from the movie. But before the public gets a first-hand look at the showcase, which was financed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, Cameron, a few of the actors from the movie and visual effects Academy Award winner Richie Baneham will be on hand to kick things off.
According to the museum's assistant curator, the goal of the exhibit is to educate and entertain, but not go so deeply into the world of Avatar that it resembles an amusement park. The event will showcase artwork and props from the blockbuster film. Visitors will be able to use a virtual camera similar to the one Cameron used to see how motion capture filming works. The special camera was built exclusively for this exhibit and took more than a year to develop.
The exhibit is expected to travel to other museums in the United States and Canada after it finishes its run in Seattle in late 2012. The museum will not charge extra for the exhibit and visitors will be able to check out a recently opened retrospective on Nirvana and the Seattle grunge music scene as well.
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