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Attraction: Museum Exhibit

Address:
National Museum of American History
National Mall, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. - USA

Indiana Jones' jacket and fedora can be found in the Pop Culture section on the 3rd floor of the National Museum of American History.

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In 1827 a British scientist named James Smithson wrote a will that eventually left his estate "to the United States of America, to found, at Washington, under the name of the Smithsonian Institution, an Establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge."

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Indiana Jones' gear.

Established by an act of Congress in 1846, the Institution has grown into the world's largest museum complex and an international center for research responsible for the preservation and care of more than 140 million objects in 16 museums and several research facilities, archives, and libraries, and maintains living animals in the National Zoological Park.

James Smithson's bequest has evolved into a world of discovering, imagining, and remembering. As such, the Smithsonian Institution performs an essential role in the cultural and scientific life of the United States.

As a proof to Indiana Jones’ impact on America’s cultural life visitors of the Institute’s National Museum of American History in Washington DC can see Indiana Jones’ brown fedora and battered leather jacket that actor Harrison Ford donated in the summer of 1989.

The two Indy artifacts can be seen on the third floor of the museum as part of the Pop Culture section sharing the same space with Spock’s phaser from Star Trek the Original Series.

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Indy's jacket and fedora next to Spock.

Under the two artifacts there is a picture of Harrison Ford from Raiders facing a cobra and the following description:

"Harrison Ford wore this fedora and leather jacket in Raiders of the Lost Ark and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, the 1980s adventure films about an archaeologist who goes on quests for lost treasures. Indiana Jones's resourceful and ironic heroism endeared him to movie-goers.
The films sparked a widespread demand for the kind of clothing the hero wore, and Americans have made these symbols of adventure part of they're daily lives."
Courtesy of the National Museum of American History, gift of Harrison Ford and Lucasfilm, Ltd.

 

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