PHILADELPHIA PA – National Archaeology Day is being observed Saturday (Oct. 20, 2012) at the Penn Museum, 3260 South St., by none other than the fabled Indiana Jones … or at least, someone who pretends to be him.
No, actor Harrison Ford won’t be on hand, and the Jones character created by film-maker George Lucas is fictional. Jones’ occupation, however – that of an archaeologist who studies human activity of the past through artifacts and other unearthed treasures – is very real, and the focus of the museum’s Archaeology Day celebration.
An impersonator of the Hollywood hero will help visitors explore the museum with an interactive mummy table, an interactive dig site, and an obstacle course of doom. Other programs including talks on archaeology, and a “What In The World” game show at scheduled times throughout the day. Guests can also try their hand at craft stations, where they can make their own tomb wall or holy grail to take home.
The event is co-sponsored by the Philadelphia Chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America.
Attendance is free with museum admission, which costs $12 for adults, $10 for military personnel and those age 65 and older, and $8 for full-time students with identification and children ages 6-17. Children age 5 and younger are free. For more information, call 215-898-2680.
Cheap tip of the day: visitors who wear an Indiana Jones-style hat receive a $2 admission discount.
Photos from the Penn Museum