June 3 – September 4, 2010
This summer, Percy Jackson fans will get the chance to step inside the world of ancient Greek mythology in Percy Jackson and the Olympians: A Look Inside the Lightning Thief. In this world-premiere exhibition, visitors will get an up- close and personal look at some of their favorite props from the Twentieth Century Fox film, Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief. Guests can test their knowledge of the gods and goddesses at the “Lotus Casino,” and experience authentic artifacts from the film displayed in settings inspired by the timeless mythology of ancient Greece.
This exhibition has been made possible through the assistance of Twentieth Century Fox.
National Hellenic Museum tucked away on the fourth floor of 801 W. Adams
‘Percy Jackson’ exhibit fun and enlightening
A first-time collaboration between Twentieth Century Fox and NHM, “Percy Jackson” runs through Sept. 4. In the first room of the exhibit visitors encounter several props from the movie, including Percy’s winged gym shoes (minus the wings), the powerful pen given to him by a teacher, Percy’s sword and shield, a Minotaur horn, an Uma Thurman-like bust of Medusa complete with snakes, Poseidon’s trident, and the treasure map Percy and his friends use to find the magic pearls and ultimately the lightning bolt. A wall chart details the gods of Olympus to help visitors keep it all straight.
“We did this exhibit and tied it into mythology to have the educational component,” said Antonia Callas, NHM marketing and public relations manager.
The second room of the exhibit tests visitors’ knowledge of the gods with the interactive Lotus Casino wheel. Spin the wheel to pick a quiz category and then pick a corresponding card for a question about the gods. Symbols on the wheel and cards represent Greek gods and goddesses; if the wheel stops at the trident symbol, for example, expect a question about Poseidon. A chart of the Greek alphabet is posted next to a magnetic board loaded with magnetic letters so that visitors can write their names in Greek on the board. Bean bags and book caddies in one corner invite visitors to sit and read tales from Greek mythology.
“It’s a small exhibit, but this is the first time that Fox has done anything like this,” Callas said. “These stories [about Greek gods] are still exciting to people, they still care about them, they’re still intriguing and fun and dynamic. The movie is about Greek mythology and [the museum] is about Greek history; it’s a great fit for us because it’s so contemporary.”
“Percy Jackson” breathes life into the Greek mythology of history textbooks. If your kids are fans of the books, the movie or mythology, a trip to visit NHM is in order this summer.
Two free weekly programs target families as well, Callas said. “Mythical Mornings” runs 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Fridays through Aug. 27. Each week kids 3 to 7 years old learn about a different Greek myth and then get to walk through the “Percy Jackson” exhibit. “Mosaic Making,” 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 25, targets kids 6 to 13 years old. Participants learn the basics of this ancient art form and make a take-home mosaic based on Greek designs.
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