Comparing the stories of real life archaeologists with those of their fictional counterparts.

Discoveries made by Giovanni Belzoni, Flinders Petrie, and Adela Breton are brought together with thematic material from fiction and film in order to reveal how real life archaeological exploits have influenced popular culture.

Pre-Columbian gold, ancient Greek artefacts and finds from early Egyptian expeditions are shown alongside the jacket, hat and whip from Indiana Jones, while a 19th century crystal skull from the Musee du Quai Branly is united with the crystal skull from the George Lucas production.

National Museum Cardiff

Cathays Park, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, CF10 3NP

029 2039 7951


Opening times

Tues – Sun & most Bank Holiday Mondays
10am – 5pm (Galleries close 4.45pm)

Closed 24 – 26 Dec, 1 Jan

Free to all

10% off restaurant

Valid to 31 December 2019

10% off café

Valid to 31 December 2019

Enjoy a range of sandwiches and baguettes, home-made soup, and cakes made from local Welsh ingredients where possible.

10% off shop

Valid to 31 December 2019

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