Explore the world of Narnia

An exhibition features costumes, props and set pieces used in the three Narnia films

Feel the icy chill of the White Witch's throne, the weight of a heavy suit of armour and watch how a catapult is used to launch a huge boulder in a battle.

Visitors can get up close and personal with these interactive elements when The Chronicles Of Narnia exhibition opens at the Marina Bay Sands skating rink today.

The show features more than 100 costumes, props and set pieces from the three Narnia films, based on C.S. Lewis' books, which trace the adventures of four children after they enter the magical world of Narnia through a wardrobe.

This is the first time the display, which premiered at the Arizona Science Center in Phoenix over three years ago, is held outside the United States. It is produced by exhibition company Global Experience Specialists, in partnership with Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media.

Fans of the films who walk through the doors of the 'wardrobe' at the show will find many familiar items. These include the elaborate dress and headgear worn by the White Witch, played by Tilda Swinton; the battlegear and weapons used by the characters; and the life-sized petrified animals found in the courtyard of the White Witch's palace.

Even the homes of the beavers and Mr Tumnus the faun, featured in the first film The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe (2005), have been recreated, and contain original film props such as silverware, furniture and even an arrest warrant.

The exhibition also houses a study containing items belonging to the writer of the beloved children's series. These include a pipe, a glass mug, a handwritten letter and a copy of the book Phantastes by Scottish writer George Macdonald, which C.S. Lewis said 'baptised his imagination'.

The exhibition's creative director, Mr Robin Stapley, 47, said: 'These real elements help the audience to connect to the writer and give them a sense of the world he lived in. After all, these books came out of his imagination.'

Children who benefit from The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund were given a preview of the show yesterday.

Jason Koh, nine, a pupil at Zhangde Primary School, said: 'It was very fun and I enjoyed it a lot, especially when I got to play with the swords on display and write on the ice wall.'

Housewife Siti Suria, 48, who was there with her four children, said they were big fans of the films. 'It's so interesting to see the props that were used in the movies,' she added.

Proceeds from the ticket sales of the exhibition, which will run till the end of next month, will go to The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund.

kimspyke@sph.com.sg