Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology

“Professor of Archaeology, expert on the occult, and how does one say it… obtainer of rare antiquities.”

Telus World of Science in Edmonton is currently hosting the exhibit Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology. Originating in Montreal with the co-operation of Lucasfilm Ltd., the National Geographic Society, and Montreal’s X3 Productions; the exhibit features props from all four movies plus real artifacts. It made this huge Indiana Jones fan as “giddy as a schoolboy.”

The exhibit is divided in four main sections, one for each movie. Each section is complimented nicely with real artifacts from around the world. To enhance the experience, each guest is assigned a tablet that plays various behind-the-scenes clips, “fact and fiction” videos, and provides the audio for some short movies produced by National Geographic. There is also an interactive archaeological game that is played throughout the exhibit.

I took a number of photos – ok, a lot of photos, more than 107 – photos are ok, however, NO flash photography of the real artifacts, but the photos don’t do it justice. Exhibits like this are always great to see in person, and I highly recommend it.

On a side note, Wikipedia defines MacGuffin as: “In fiction, a MacGuffin (sometimes McGuffin or maguffin) is a plot device in the form of some goal, desired object, or other motivator that the protagonist pursues…”


Galleries are in movie release order – in the Indiana Jones timeline, Temple of Doom is actually a prequel. Click on each movie’s MacGuffin to open the galleries. For full enjoyment, click on an image, then click the fullscreen button in the controls at the bottom of each image, and click the “i” for descriptions.

1936 – Raiders of the Last Ark (1981)

“I mean that for nearly three thousand years man has been searching for the lost Ark. It’s not something to be taken lightly. No one knows its secrets. It’s like nothing you’ve ever gone after before.”

1935 – The Temple of Doom (1984)

 “Fortune and glory, kid. Fortune and glory.”

1938 – The Last Crusade (1989)

“Choose wisely, for while the true Grail will bring you life, the false Grail will take it from you.”

1957 – Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)

“The legends of Akator are all true. Early man could not have conceived it, much less built it. It was a city of supreme beings, with technologies and paranormal abilities.”

Budget your time. I called ahead to ask how long it would take to get through the exhibit. A representative at the science centre told me approximately two hours. As a matter of fact, if you are like me and want to take in everything and watch all the videos on the tablet, set aside four to five hours.

After Edmonton, Indiana Jones is heading to the National Geographic Museum in Washington, DC. The exhibit is in Edmonton until April 6. So get that whip cracking and get on over there if you haven’t already.



Official Website: Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology

Telus World of Science Edmonton – Indiana Jones

Official Website: Indiana Jones

Wikipedia: Indiana Jones


In closing…

As I sat down to compile this blog post, the media outlets erupted with the news that Harrison Ford was involved in a plane crash. Luckily, he made it out alive, battered and bruised, but OK. Here’s wishing a speedy recovery to the man in the hat.


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