The only pop cultural artifact that seems to have gone missing from the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History’s Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology: The Exhibition is the actor Harrison Ford himself sporting “Indy’s” trademark fedora as he crisscrosses the globe in his never-ending search for fortune, adventure, and glory.

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But this exhibition, running through August 10 and co-organized and presented by the National Geographic Society, Lucasfilm Ltd., the Penn Museum, and Canada’s X3 Productions, still owes quite a healthy debt to the globally-adored phenomenon of the Indiana Jones film series. In fact, the museum show uses the films as a needed jumping off point, as well as expansive backdrop, as it presents museum-goers with the basics of the science underpinning the field of archaeology. This exhibit, calling on various items (photos, videos, and artifacts) from as many as four different collections, will totally avoid the pitfall of being a yawn-inducing show of static objects. Instead, Adventure of Archaeology, spanning 10,000 square feet, will immerse visitors in an exhibit environment that will be immediately familiar to anyone who adores the Indiana Jones serial adventures. Each exhibition visitor will first be greeted by an original audio recording by actor Harrison Ford – who brought the original Indiana Jones to life so many years ago. He or she will then be outfitted with a personal video “companion,” helping him or her uncover the true beginnings of so many archaeological riddles. In fact, the individual visitor’s hand-held device is totally interactive and will help guide the patron through the “Indy Trail” and into various archaeological areas. Patrons will also be able to fashion their own, individualized adventure or “interactive quest.”

Ultimately, the exhibition’s aim is to show patrons how archaeology has evolved from the mid-20th century, when the fictitious Indiana Jones lived out his swashbuckling adventures, through today,   

Details: Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology: The Exhibition -- running through August 10 at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, 1600 Gendy Street. Fort Worth. Required timed tickets on sale now: Adults (ages 13-64) -- $21 ($11 for members); children (ages 2-12) -- $17 ($9 for members); seniors (ages 65 and over) -- $19 ($10 for members). Admission to the Indiana Jones show also includes access to all permanent exhibit galleries. Advance ticket purchases can be made online or at 817-255-9540. More information: 817-255-9300.

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