Artifacts from Indy and beyond

Discovery Science Center is hosting 'Indiana Jones and the Adventure in Archaeology' with items from the films alongside real artifacts.

October 11, 2012|By Bradley Zint
  • The Ark of the Covenant from the movie "Raiders of the Lost Ark" is on display at the "Indiana Jones and Adventure of Archaeology" exhibit at the Discovery Science Center.
The Ark of the Covenant from the movie "Raiders of… (SCOTT SMELTZER,…)

SANTA ANA — It belongs in a museum!

That's what Indiana Jones said as he traversed the globe in search of elusive ancient artifacts that others wanted only for themselves.

Now, however, the tables have turned, and the greatest archaeologist who never was has stepped into a museumlike setting near you.

Through April 21, the Discovery Science Center will play host to the U.S. premiere of "Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology," an interactive exhibit spanning more than 10,000 square feet and featuring items from all four Indy films.

The exhibit also displays photos and videos from the National Geographic Society, and artifacts from the Penn Museum and Mission San Juan Capistrano.


George Lucas' Lucasfilm Ltd., which produced the film series, made the exhibit possible, as well as X3 Productions, a group of three Montréal-based creative companies.

The center, which recently concluded the "Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination" exhibit, already had a working relationship with Lucasfilm. Thus, displaying another exhibit from the company seemed natural, said Kyra Bowling, exhibits manager with Lucasfilm.

The Discovery Science Center has "a terrific team to work with," she said. "We've got a dream team. It just seemed like the right fit, the right timing. It was a perfect storm of it all coming together."

After its stop in Orange County, the exhibit — which is in conjunction with the "Indiana Jones" series' Blu-ray release — will be on tour for six years and go to 12 different cities around the world, she said.

Bowling's favorite aspect? The whole development process, such as working with the real-life artifacts and the make-believe Indy ones.

"It was like being a kid in the candy store," she said. "Being able to coincide that with real-world archaeology and teach that to kids, for me it was a dream job."

Once inside the "Adventure of Archaeology," visitors can use personal video devices to guide them through the "Indy Trail." There are various numbers throughout that users enter into their devices to see clips from the films and hear more information.

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