This exhibit was wonderful... even with the hordes of kids we had to battle periodically. Apparently Fridays are school field trip days. The exhibit did a great job of blending "behind the scenes", Indie-era archaeology, and modern archaeology. We were given tablets and headphones to punch in exhibit numbers that would read to us or play a movie clip. We also used the tablet to play a game; I'll explain more about that below.
|Willie's sari in Temple of Doom|
It was interesting to see the concept sketches and ideas and then the actual film work. In Temple of Doom Willie wore a red and gold costume in the night club. The dance scene that had been carefully rehearsed had to be changed because the second dress (the first being partially eaten by an elephant) was slightly too small and restricted Willie's movement. Who knew?
|Knight's shield from Last Crusade|
There were also "caves" that consisted mostly of archaeological facts. There were artifacts that explained that the "treasures" searched for weren't usually gold but items that explained about daily life such as bowls and jewelry.
Some displays told about the first famous archaeologists, their discoveries and how some were featured in newspapers world wide. Others explained how past and present archaeologists used bits of information to understand not only what an item might be but its uses. Thanks to advances in technology new information can be learned about older artifacts. The materials, age, shape, designs... by themselves the information doesn't mean much but when put together it tells a story.
I compared this exhibit to the Stars Wars and Harry Potter exhibits and feel this one was good that settles in between the two.
|Mummy from Crystal Skull. I can't spell his name though...|
Harry Potter had "telephones" that you punched in the display number and listened to. You could wander if you wished but there was often several display numbers at one display. There was so much to see that I felt overwhelmed at times. I didn't know where to look and could have spent more time staring at exhibits but it was a bit crowded to do that. There were some interactive elements in parts such as pulling up mandrakes to hear them scream but not an overall element.
I look forward to the next exhibit I visit that will likely come again next year around this time. A dinosaur exhibit is coming in May 2015 but I don't believe I'll go to that. I tend to visit my geeky passions. Past exhibits I've been to are Narnia, Star Wars, and Harry Potter in Edmonton and Lord of the Rings in Toronto.
|A section of the Wall of Fame.|