Indiana Jones™ and the Adventure of Archaeology

The adventure begins tomorrow at Discovery Science Center

 

SANTA ANA, CA – October 11, 2012                                                              For Immediate Release

Discovery Science Center (DSC) of Santa Ana, California is proud to launch the U.S. premiere of the Indiana Jones™ and the Adventure of Archaeology’s world tour. The exhibition, which will run from October 12 to April 21, 2013, uses the Indiana Jones™ 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 11 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 artifacts from the Penn Museum, National Geographic and the Mission San Juan Capistrano. 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 artifacts 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, Mutt’s motorcycle, a crystal skeleton from Akator on its throne, the costumes of the leading ladies of all four Indy movies, and the costume of Indiana Jones himself, complete with hat and whip.

“I am thrilled that we are hosting the U.S. premiere of Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology,” says Joe Adams, President of Discovery Science Center. “For three decades, the Indiana Jones films have entertained generations of audiences and have become a part of our Americana. This exhibition is a perfect fit for the Science Center, as it merges the science of archaeology and excitement of the films, into an engaging and dynamic learning experience for visitors of all ages.”

A portion of the exhibition is dedicated to local archaeology discoveries in Southern California. Therefore, the Science Center has partnered with the famous Mission San Juan Capistrano to showcase some of their fascinating finds. Visitors to the exhibit can expect to see a statue of St. Francis dating from the late 1700s, a silver ciborium (see-bawr-ee-um—a religious vessel for holding sacramental bread), limestone blocks from the Great Stone Church, plus many more objects. These artifacts represent the historical significance of the religious, architectural and every-day existence of Mission San Juan Capistrano’s varied history.

Information and Ticket Sales:

Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archeology is presented at Discovery Science Center only, from October 12 to April 21, 2012. Tickets are currently on-sale for just $10 per person, in addition to Science Center admission. To purchase tickets or for further information, visit us online at www.discoverycube.org or www.indianajonestheexhibition.com; in person at our Box Office (2500 N. Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92705); or contact us at (714) 542-2823.

*Media interested in viewing this exhibition should contact Dan Nasitka at: dnasitka@discoverycube.org or (714) 913-5018.

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About Discovery Science Center

Imaginations run wild with 120 hands-on exhibits at Discovery Science Center (DSC), Orange County’s leading destination for hands-on science entertainment. Take the Eco Challenge and become a green superhero, feel the power of a real rocket engine launch and explore the inner workings of a two-story tall dinosaur! Plus, the Science Center’s signature events don’t just foster science education, but also provide entertainment for the whole family. From our annual Bubblefest and Rocket Launch to blockbuster traveling exhibits such as Star Wars™: Where Science Meets Imagination, there is always some new to experience.  DSC is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating young minds, assisting teachers and increasing public understanding of science, math and technology through interactive exhibits and programs. It is a community-wide resource where families come together to learn and have fun and school districts can use as an educational resource. For further information, visit www.discoverycube.org or call (714) 542-2823.


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 JonesTM

2011 marked the thirtieth anniversary of Indiana Jones’ first appearance on the silver screen. Since then, 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. INDIANA JONES: The Complete Adventures arrives on Blu-ray™ September 18, 2012 for the first time, completely remastered, and including all four films, a “best of” collection of documentaries, featurettes and a few new surprises. The Indiana Jones 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

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 ground-breaking 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.


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 artifacts 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.

Lucasfilm, the Lucasfilm logo, Indiana Jones and all characters, names and related indicia are trademarks of & copyright © Lucasfilm Ltd.  All rights reserved.

Source:

X3 Productions – (514) 525-7732; www.x3productions.ca

Information (media):
Dan Nasitka, Manager – Public and Community Relations, Discovery Science Center – (714) 913-5018;
dnasitka@discoverycube.org

Sophie Desbiens – Communications Manager, X3 Productions – (514) 525-7732, ext. 5643; sdesbiens@x3productions.ca

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