Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology
THE ADVENTURE BEGINS today AT THE MONTRÉAL SCIENCE CENTRE
Montréal, April 28th, 2011-The Montréal Science Centre is proud to launch the world premiere of the event Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology, which will run from April 28 to September 18, 2011 before embarking on a tour of museums in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. The exhibition uses the Indiana JonesTM film series as both a starting point and a backdrop for an exciting and entertaining introduction to the real science of field archaeology. It is sure to enthral visitors as it takes them around the world in the footsteps of Indiana Jones to 14 sites around the world he explored during his adventures.
Showcasing items from four different collections, Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology is far more than a static display of movie props. Visitors can follow the “Indy Trail,” which chronicles Indy’s archaeological adventures using concept art, props and models from the Lucasfilm Archives, while in the Archaeological Zones, they discover field archaeology through unique artefacts from the Penn Museum, National Geographic and the City of Montreal. The entire experience is enhanced with a handheld interactive video companion that visitors receive as they enter. The device informs visitors about what they see with audio, text and video, and it gives all a chance to create their own “quest” through the exhibition.
Made possible by Lucasfilm Ltd., presented by the National Geographic Society and produced by Montreal’s X3 Productions, the exhibition is aimed at kids of all ages, Indy fans, history buffs and budding adventurers and explorers.
As they visit Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology, museum-goers learn how archaeology has changed from the mid-20th century, when Indy’s adventures took place, until the present day. Along with the Indy Trail, the exhibition takes visitors through four zones: The Quest, The Discovery, The Investigation and The Interpretation. Among the archaeological highlights visitors will encounter are a collection of gold artefacts from the Royal Cemetery at Ur, in ancient Mesopotamia; a series of nine beautifully decorated bowls and vessels from Nasca, Peru; the world’s oldest known map; and the world’s oldest known evidence of wine-making. The exhibition also features an extensive collection of Indiana Jones movie props, including the Ark of the Covenant, a life-size sarcophagus from the Well of Souls, Mutt’s motorcycle, a crystal skeleton from Akator on its throne, the remains of Francisco de Orellana, the costumes of the leading ladies of all four Indy movies, and the costume of Indiana Jones himself, complete with hat and whip.
The Montréal Science Centre has presented numerous unique and intriguing exhibitions over the years that had for objective to spark interest for science and technology. Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology is a prime example of this philosophy. Indeed, this exhibition is a perfect fit for the Science Centre. As Claude Benoit, President and CEO of the Old Port of Montréal Corporation, explains, “not only is it a fascinating science subject presented in a highly entertaining fashion, it bridges between fact and fiction explaining archaeology’s young history and the real work of an archaeologist. That’s exactly what the Montréal Science Centre is all about.”
Information and ticket sales
Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archeology is presented at the Montréal Science Centre only, from April 28 to September 18, 2011. To purchase tickets or for further information, visit us online at www.montrealsciencecentre.com or www.indianajonestheexhibition.com; in person at our Box Office (2, De la Commune St. West, at the south end of St.Laurent Blvd); or contact us at (514) 496-4724 or (877) 496-4724.
The Montréal Science Centre wishes to thank its principal partner, the Government of Canada, its presenting partners TELUS and HYDRO-QUÉBEC, as well as La Presse, media partner for this exhibition.
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About the Penn Museum
The Penn Museum (the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, located on the Penn campus in Philadelphia) is dedicated to the study and understanding of human history and diversity. Founded in 1887, Penn Museum has sent more than 400 archaeological and anthropological expeditions to all the inhabited continents of the world. The Museum’s collection of nearly one million objects include world-renowned artefacts from ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia and the Mediterranean World, Asia, Africa, Polynesia and the Americas. With an active exhibition schedule and educational programming for children and adults, Penn Museum offers the public an opportunity to share in the ongoing discovery of humankind’s collective heritage.
About the Montreal Science Centre
Since its opening in 2000, the Montréal Science Centre has hosted more than 7 million visitors, staged more than 40 exhibitions, and screened more than 70 films at the IMAX®TELUS theatre in addition to organizing a number the thematic weeks in keeping with current preoccupations and issues. First institution dedicated to scientific culture in Québec, it has also hosted more than 1.2 million students as part of its school programs. As a result, the Montréal Science Centre is now recognized as a major science and technology institution.
About X3 Productions
X3 Productions consists of three reputed Montreal-based creative companies who have joined forces and combined their extensive expertise in order to offer turnkey project solutions that reflect the challenges faced by museums around the world. Established as pioneers and major players in the field of exhibit design and production for over 50 years, gsmprjct° (gsmprjct.com) is a collective of four integrated teams behind the creation of many exhibitions for a variety of world-class museums. As Canada’s leading cultural organization, L’Équipe Spectra (equipespectra.ca), is best known for its creation of world-class cultural projects reaching an educated clientele. It is responsible for the world’s largest, best-known and most important musical event: the Montreal Jazz Festival. In addition, it has created and produced Francofolies (the largest French-music festival in the world) as well as the Montreal High Lights Festival (a one-of-a-kind internationally reputed cultural event).Bleublancrouge (bleublancrouge.ca) has been voted one of Canada’s best creative agencies every year since 2008 by developing local, national and international integrated communications campaigns that have garnered worldwide acclaim. X3 Productions is committed to redefining the modern museum experience by developing and promoting interactive blockbuster touring museum exhibitions. With a focus on creating innovative concepts, gathering unique collections and developing content driven experiences, X3 aims to provide a new kind of museum experience, one that engages, educates and entertains visitors in innovative ways. For more information, visit x3productions.ca.
About Indiana Jones
2011 marks the thirtieth anniversary of Indiana Jones’ first appearance on the silver screen. Since 1981, audiences around the world have been enraptured by his exploits and adventures. The popular film series - Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull - has garnered 14 Academy Awards® nominations and won seven Oscars. When the fourth film was released in 2008, it immediately reached the top of the box office as the number one movie in America. The films have become a part of film history themselves and remain among the most popular films ever made - with record box office and merchandise sales and a strong fan base throughout the world. Boasting a charismatic hero with wide-spread appeal, the film series lends itself to an unprecedented exhibit opportunity by which museum visitors of all ages can be introduced to the history, tools, findings and principles of archaeology. For more information, visit indianajones.com.
Lucasfilm, INDIANA JONESTM and related properties are trademarks and/or copyrights, in the United States and other countries, of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates. TM & © Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. All other trademarks and trade names are properties of their respective owners.
About Lucasfilm Ltd.
Lucasfilm Ltd. is one of the world’s leading film and entertainment companies. Founded by George Lucas in 1971, it is a privately held, fully integrated entertainment company. In addition to its motion-picture and television production operations, the company’s global activities include Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound, serving the digital needs of the entertainment industry for visual-effects and audio post-production; LucasArts, a leading developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software worldwide for video game console systems and PC; Lucas Licensing, which manages the global merchandising activities for Lucasfilm’s entertainment properties; and Lucasfilm Animation, which is currently producing Star Wars: The Clone Wars, a CG-animated half-hour television series produced jointly with the latest addition to the Lucas family, Lucasfilm Singapore. Additionally, Lucas Online creates Internet-based content for Lucasfilm’s entertainment properties and businesses. Lucasfilm’s motion-picture productions include three of the 20 biggest box-office hits of all time and have received 19 Oscars and more than 60 Academy Award nominations. Lucasfilm’s television projects have won 12 Emmy Awards. Lucasfilm Ltd. is headquartered in San Francisco, California.
About the National Geographic Society
The National Geographic Society is one of the world’s largest non-profit scientific and educational organizations. Since 1888, National Geographic has shared unforgettable stories and groundbreaking discoveries with each new generation. National Geographic supports critical expeditions and scientific fieldwork, advances geography education, promotes natural and cultural conservation, and inspires audiences through vibrant exhibits and live events. National Geographic is one of the world’s leading organizers of large-scale, travelling exhibitions. Since it launched “Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs” in 2004, National Geographic has organized two more Egyptian-themed exhibitions, “Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs” and “Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt.” Other exhibitions National Geographic has organized include the four-city U.S. tour of “Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures from the National Museum, Kabul.” In 2009, National Geographic travelling exhibitions were seen by more than 6 million visitors. For more information, visit nationalgeographic.com.
Lucasfilm, Indiana JonesTM and related properties are trademarks and/or copyrights, in the United States and other countries, of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates. TM & © Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. All other trademarks and trade names are properties of their respective owners.