The character is one of the biggest icons in American pop culture. With his well-worn brimmed hat, leather jacket and bullwhip he is everybody’s favorite archaeologist and he has actually influenced the real world of archaeology. Just hearing the name “Indiana Jones” conjures up an image of a true hero. ( I know you are humming the theme song to “Raiders if the Lost Ark” right now. Admit it.) Well, now you can celebrate this larger-than-life character and learn more about the world of archaeology when you make a trip to Washington, D.C. and pay a visit to the special exhibition “Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology” at the National Geographic Museum running from now through January 3, 2016.
Presented by the National Geographic Society and produced by Montreal’s X3 Productions, this innovation and interactive exhibition features props, models, concept art and costumes from all four “Indiana Jones” movies in addition to real-life archaeological artifacts from ancient societies and lots of historical and cultural facts. Among the props from the movies are the Ark of the Covenant (No opening the Ark!), the Holy Grail, the Chachhapoyan Fertility Idol (from the beginning of “Raiders of the Lost Ark”), the Cross of Coronado, the Sankara Stones and the Crystal Skull. Costume pieces from the movies include Indy’s famous hat and bullwhip and Kate Capshaw’s sparkly red dress from the “Temple of Doom”. One of the real-life artifacts provided by the Penn Museum at the University of Pennsylvania’s Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is a gold leaf wreath found at the fabled city of Ur, Visitors can also see 5000 year old Mesopotamian jewelry and the world’s oldest map among many other artifacts.
Visitors to the “Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology” special exhibition are greeted by a message from Academy Award- nominated actor Harrison Ford who portrayed Indiana Jones in all 4 movies. Each guest is given a touchscreen tablet and headphones and these hand-held interactive devices will guide them through the various archaeological zones of the exhibition.
Along the way, visitors will take a tour of legendary sites that will give them insight on historical myths like the Holy Grail and the Ark of the Covenant. In addition, they will learn how archaeologists actually work to find lost cities, decipher ancient scripts and discover treasure as they stroll through the for zones of the exhibition — Quest for Treasure, Dig Into the Past, Investigate and Solving the Mystery. Children can also participate in an interactive game quest,
A Special Note About the Indiana Jones Movies The series of four movies have received 14 Academy Award nominations and have won 7 Oscars. The first movie, “Raiders of the Lost Ark” was released 31 years ago, in 1984.
Hours for the National Geographic Museum are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily. Admission to the “Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology” exhibition is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors (62+), military and students and $10 for children (5-12). To purchase advance tickets, call 202-857-7700. For more information about the exhibition get online at www.indianajonestheexhibition.com.
The National Geographic Museum is located at 1145 17th St. NW in Washington, D.C. It is approximately a 6 hour drive from Cleveland.