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Exhibition: Treasures: Adventures in Archaeology

National Museum Cardiff
26 January–30 October 2016
Cost adults £7, concessions £5, 16s & under free
Suitability All
Logo for Treasures exhibition
picture of crystal skull
© Skullis
Corinthian Helmet, 750-650 BC

Corinthian Helmet, 750-650 BC

image of egyptian mummy

Egyptian Mummy from the University of Manchester Museum

Step into the world of famous explorers and travel on an adventure uncovering treasures from around the world at this exciting new exhibition at National Museum Cardiff.

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  • £7 adults (17 years and over)
  • £5 concessions (over 60s, unwaged, in full-time education, NUS cardholders)
  • Free to everyone 16 years and under. Under 12s must be accompanied by an adult.

Due to the nature of this exciting new exhibition, entry will be available at timed intervals. To guarantee admission for your chosen date and time please buy tickets in advance. The admission desk at the Museum will only sell tickets to visit on the day, subject to availability.

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To arrange a school visit please call our Learning Department on (029) 2057 3240.

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Watch the video for highlights of the exhibition:


To celebrate 2016, The Year of Adventure in Wales, we're hosting extraordinary treasures from popular culture including the hat, whip and jacket of Indiana Jones, crystal skulls, Inca gold and early finds such as Egyptian Mummies.

The exhibition will tell the stories behind great archaeological discoveries from the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Greece, Rome, Pre-Columbian America and Rapa Nui (Easter Island), some of which have never been seen in Wales before. It will include a whole host of fascinating objects and treasures from ancient worlds as well as more recent examples uncovered in Wales.

You'll be encouraged to follow in the footsteps of archaeologists - historical and fictional - to uncover the stories behind some of the world’s ancient treasures. Star objects will include:

  • an Egyptian mummy
  • Roman treasures
  • a crystal skull from the film Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, thanks to Lucas Museum of Narrative Art
  • human skulls from Viking-age burials at Llanbedrgoch, Anglesey
  • a 19th-century crystal skull from Musée du Quai Branly, Paris.

The archaeological investigations of individuals such as Giovanni Belzoni (Italian explorer and pioneer archaeologist of Egyptian antiquities), Flinders Petrie (Egyptologist) and Adela Breton (archaeological artist and explorer) will be explored. This will be contrasted with adventure today and the impact of archaeological discoveries on popular culture, fiction and film, from Tintin and Indiana Jones to Rider Haggard and Conan Doyle.

There's a story-writing competition for children too.

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Please allow plenty of time for parking to arrive in time for your booked time slot.

No photography is allowed in the gallery due to the conditions attached to many of the loan items on display. Postcards of some items from our own collections are available in the gift shop and some objects are featured in the museum publication “Discovered in Time” also available in the shop (including the Nant Col Hoard and the Dolgellau Chalice and Paten).


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