My birthday is coming up on Monday and to celebrate this year, we started off with a family lunch at Julio's Barrio on Whyte Avenue. Mmmm, spicey Mexican fare. Great for a snowy cold January day. Afterwards, Mom treated me to an afternoon at the Telus World of Science to experience the Indiana Jones exhibit.
I'm a big fan of the series. In fact, Raiders of the Lost Ark was what first instilled in me my love of archaeology and inspired me to study it at university.
|It's not the years, honey, it's the mileage.|
The exhibit was fantastic, featuring items from all four movies (ugh, yes, they included Kingdom of the Crystal Skull which is the Indiana Jones equivalent of Alien: Resurrection IMHO).
|Throw me the idol. No time to argue! Throw me idol, I'll throw you the whip!|
It was interactive, with each visitor being provided a pair of headphones and a tablet. At each display, there would be an item from the movie (some of them shown in my pictures here) along with a clip from the movie, interesting facts related to that item's place in the movie/series, and background information on how this particular item or part of the movie/series related to historical facts and archaeological evidence. There would also be a three digit code associated with each of these.
|It's a transmitter, a radio for speaking to God.|
By entering the code into your tablet, you'd be provided with video and/or audio clips to accompany the information provided.
|Inside the Ark are treasures beyond your wildest aspirations. You want to see it opened as well as I.|
In addition to the items and information about the movie series, there were side rooms which introduced visitors to the real world of archaeology - explanations of how finds are interpreted, famous moments in archaeological history, techniques used and artifacts from digs in different regions around the world. Some highlights included an introduction to cuneiform, the Nazca lines, and some of the early pioneers of archaeology.
|I burned by fingers and I cracked a nail!|
As if all of that wasn't enough, one final interactive feature of the exhibit was a "treasure hunt". Located throughout the exhibit hall, there were nine towers you could swipe your tablet against and visitors would be directed to solve a puzzle or riddle. This was easily one of the more appealing features to the numerous children who seemed to be disinterested and were dragged along by their Indy-loving parents (all of my generation who grew up with this series).
I managed eight out of nine. I have no doubt I would have finished the treasure hunt but my tablet wouldn't work properly on the cuneiform wall no matter how many times I tried. I'm very competitive...
|Choose wisely, for while the true Grail will bring you life, the false Grail will take it from you.|
Mom and I both had a great time. We ended up seperating pretty much from the second display onwards. With the headphones/tablet combination, it made it difficult to talk to each other or stick together.
There were a TON of people at the exhibit on Saturday when we went. Moving around was difficult, especially in the side rooms. If you're going to go, I would suggest going during the week if at all possible. If you're a fan of the movies, I highly recommended visiting before the exhibit moves on. Its