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04/08/2014

Nerd alert - Indiana Jones still rocks

Indiana-jones-exhibitFORT WORTH, Texas - A little late to this, but fans of Indiana Jones need to immediately drop everything up to and including their kids and run to the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History to take in the highly entertaining Indiana Jones exhibit.

The Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology runs through Aug. 10, which means I will go back to re-visit this at least 30 more times. 

(Fans of the series can look forward to the day when this franchise returns; Disney now owns Indy out-right, and speculation is high this series will be re-booted shortly and get the James Bond treatment, meaning actors will take turns at playing Dr. Jones. This site says Bradley Cooper may be the guy.)

A word of advice - This interactive exhibit is advertised as kid-friendly, but unless your child is highly familiar with this movie franchise, don't waste your money. This is a wonderful exhibit for adults and fans of this series, but will likely be lost on little ones.

And the Fort Worth museum does not offer a kennel child-care so you can put them there while you enjoy the exhibit.

This is a two-hour exhibit that takes you behind the scenes of every one of the four movies, and provides a nice history lesson on history's major archaeological finds including artifacts. You are provided with a tablet and headphones that guide you through the origins behind some of the stories used in the movies, and some of histories major digs from Machu Pichu to the Nazca Lines in Peru.

The exhibit features some of the props and costumes from the franchise, including Indy's leather jacket, whip and famous fedora. It does not include the walker Indy should have used in Crystal Skulls.

The movie series is pure escapism/adventure, but it did use some fascinating events from real life.

Interesting tidbit from the exhibit - in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indy fought the dangerous Thuggees, which was an actual cult that did exist forever ago before the British Army wiped 'em out; Thuggee is the origin of the word "thug." 

The exhibit is so good it almost convinces you Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls wasn't bad. 

 

 

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