For years, Indiana Jones told audiences that artifacts belong in museums. Well, people have finally listened and also included the iconic movie character as well.
From now until January 2016, museum patrons will see a great combination of stunning archaeological artifacts and an impressive gathering of memorabilia from the Indiana Jones movies at this D.C. museum.
See one of the costumes worn by actress Kate Capshaw in "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" at the National Geographic Museum — Photo courtesy of National Geographic Museum
While the dashing hero never seemed to need a guide, patrons will be given a personal video companion upon entry into the exhibit to help them through, while sprinkling in cool factoids about the movies along the way.
An on-screen Indy himself (Harrison Ford) does the greeting for the exhibit, which will be sure to bring a smile to movie fans' faces.
Guests will recognize many props on display. Raiders of the Lost Ark fans will stop and stare at the Chachapoyan fertility idol – the small golden head that Indy took just before nearly getting crushed by a boulder – and the Ark of the Covenant, which the Nazis sought in the hopes of making their army unbeatable.
Buy some cool movie merchandise, and take your picture with Indy himself – the wax Madame Tussauds version — Photo courtesy of National Geographic Museum
Other props include the wisely chosen Last Crusade's Holy Grail cup and Kingdom of Crystal Skulls' alien cranium. Costumes shown include The Temple of Doom Willie Scott nightclub dress; Dr. Jones' suit; and Short Round's outfit, complete with boxes tied on to his shoes so he can drive the getaway car. And what's an Indy display without his iconic brown fedora and whip?
Be prepared to have the John Williams-composed theme song in your head for the rest of the day. It's quite catchy, right?
What's interesting about this exhibit is that it mixes the movie memorabilia with real-life, priceless artifacts found on archeological digs. Archeologists have a tough job, and it's refreshing to see true finds and learn about their quests to discover as much information about historical artifacts as they can.
These priceless treasures come from collections at the Penn Museum and the National Geographic Society archives.
While Indiana Jones is enough of a draw for most people, be sure not to leave before checking out the museum's other exhibit, Monster Fish: In Search of the Last River Giants, which runs from now until Sunday, Oct. 11.
This exhibit, featuring Nat Geo WILD Monster Fish television series host Zeb Hogan, explores nearly 20 gigantic fish that roam (or, rather, swim) the earth. Fishermen and women are sure to enjoy this exhibit. Just leave the fishing gear at home.
To get to the National Geographic Museum by metro, take the Farragut North or West stop.