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Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology is an exhibition that ran from April 28, 2011 until September 18, 2011 in Montreal, Canada, before touring cities worldwide. The exhibition closed on January 3, 2016.

It showcased props and behind-the-scenes information from the four Indiana Jones films as well as delving into the real-world background that forms the movies' stories, and emphasizing the hard science and archaeology behind it all.

Publisher's summary[]

Join the world's most beloved, globetrotting archaeologist, Indiana Jones, on a thrilling and unique adventure as you explore the science and the secrets behind his many discoveries. Immerse yourself in the exotic locations of his famous travels, and along the way find out where fact meets fiction in the exciting, innovative new exhibition, Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology.

Presented by the National Geographic Society, made possible by Lucasfilm Ltd. and produced by Montreal's X3 Productions, Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology takes you on a journey into the fascinating science and history of field archaeology. This is a rare opportunity to see ancient artefacts from the National Geographic Society and the Penn Museum, along with an extensive collection of Indiana Jones film props from Lucasfilm Archives.

As you venture along the Indy Trail, you'll visit real archaeological destinations made famous in the Indiana Jones movies. The exhibition brings these destinations to life in a dynamic, interactive presentation as it elucidates myths associated with relics like the Ark of the Covenant and the Holy Grail, and explores mythical places such as Akator or Mayapore. Accompanied by a handheld, multimedia guidebook, you'll unlock secrets along the Trail and in Archaeological Zones. In these areas, the exhibition sheds light on the work archaeologists have done on real projects,such as deciphering ancient scripts and discovering the origins of the mysterious Nasca lines(sic) in southern Peru.

Don't miss this chance to live your own adventure in the science of field archaeology, with the field's most charismatic guide, Indiana Jones.


Lucasfilm's exhibitions manager, Kyra Bowling, spoke at Skywalker Ranch in Northern California in early September 2012 to prepare the U.S. for the Indiana Jones exhibit's first American stop, at the Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana, California. She explained that the event was inspired by the year 2011 being the 30th Anniversary of Raiders of the Lost Ark. As the character of Indiana Jones is so beloved and multi-generational, they thought that using him would be a great way to educate people of all ages about science and archaeology. She said, "besides all the wonderful things from the films, which includes over 100 objects and props, we also wanted the exhibit to be about hard science and archaeology." The exhibit highlights thirteen different adventures that Indy went on and compares the factual and fictitious surrounding those adventures and the history of the objects. Bowling also mentioned that although the interactive treasure hunt quest is geared towards kids, adults in Montreal and Valencia had been thoroughly enjoying it.

She also said about the tour, "as you wind your way through the archaeology zones, there is a video companion for every visitor, so each person can customize their visit with over 2 hours of content. So you really get to pick and choose what might excite you in the exhibit."

Tour dates[]

  • 04/28/11 — 09/18/11: Montreal, Canada
  • 12/22/11 — 09/16/12: Valencia, Spain
  • 10/12/12 — 04/21/13: Discovery Science Center, Santa Ana, CA., USA
  • 03/08/14 — 08/10/14: Fort Worth Museum, Fort Worth, TX., USA[1]
  • 10/11/14 — 03/08/15: TELUS World of Science, Edmonton, Canada[2]
  • 05/14/15 — 03/01/16: National Geographic Museum, Washington DC, USA[3]

It should also be noted that each venue/museum gets to tell their own local archaeology story with a special section within the exhibit, the point being that Indy's adventures may sound exotic for being all over the world, but really archaeology is all around us.


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