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First Friday, Indiana Jones

First Friday is the Science Center’s premier experience for adults. Many activities are designed with individuals age 16 or older in mind. Families are welcome to enjoy the activities using parental discretion.

Unless otherwise noted $, all activities are FREE! Free parking on First Fridays! All items marked with a TR require tickets. Tickets for free screenings available at any box office, starting at 6pm.

Not to Be Missed!

8:00 pm, OMNIMAX/2 TR
Special Presentation: What Do Real Archaeologists Think of Indiana Jones?

Archaeologist Chris Begley discusses the legacy and influence of Indiana Jones on professional archaeology, the ambivalent relationship archaeologists have with the Indiana Jones image, and what movies get right and wrong about archaeology.

6 – 9pm, Entire Campus
Play Indiana Jones and the Quest for Everything

Start the game on the First Floor and follow the clues through the exhibit galleries to find iconic artifacts from Indiana Jones.

Ongoing Activities, 6-9pm

Lower Level-LL

Check out the work of local crafters and artists including Not My Circus Studios, Everyday Geek, and STL Brick Fanatics.

Get creative in the Fossil Prep Lab with an Indiana Jones coloring page!

Learn about cave conservation and the work of Cave Archaeology Investigation & Research Network (CAIRN) and Meramec Valley Grotto (MVG). Attend two free 30-minute workshops starting at 6:15pm & 8:15pm. Space is limited. Sign up at the entrance to T. Rex.

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Visit the Museum of Mysteries in the Life Science Lab Atrium and see if you can think like an archaeologist and sort through rubble in the year 4018 AD.

Learn more about the Confluence Trash Bash, happening on March 24, 2018, and how you can help clean up St. Louis while possibly finding treasures!

Try some puzzles with Escape the Room St. Louis and learn about their Indiana Jones-inspired escape room, The Dig.

Try out archaeology and adventure board games from Game Nite, in the Life Science Lab Classroom.

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Don’t miss tonight’s food and drink specials in The Loft – Sangreal Martini, Indiana Chicken (Chicken Tikka Masala), and Monkey Brains (Jell-O).


The Ark of the Covenant, a golden statue, a fedora; what will you create in the Indiana Jones Cardboard Build?


  • Learn the science behind the boulder scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark and then race against the boulder with the University of Missouri – St. Louis (UMSL) Technology Learning Center.
  • Test out the Blue Motion Simulators ($5 for Non-Members and Members) the I-360 Interactive Flight Simulators ($7/$6 for Members) and our new Virtual Reality Transporter ($10/$9 for Members).
  • Public Telescope Viewing – weather permitting (Archery Field) – solar observing starting at 6pm and night sky viewing beginning at 7pm, with the St. Louis Astronomical Society.
  • Discover more about space exploration with St. Louis Space Frontier and The Moon Society.
  • Contribute to a better understanding of the Universe through CosmoQuest, a citizen science project.

Scheduled Activities

6:15pm, T. Rex Meeting Room/LL
Workshop: Photogrammetry — 3D Modeling of Objects Using Photography

Presented by Cave Archaeology Investigation & Research Network (CAIRN) and Meramec Valley Grotto (MVG). Space is limited. Sign up at the T. Rex Meeting Room.

6:30pm, OMNIMAX/2 TR $
Journey to the South Pacific

All tickets $6, $5 for college students with valid id
(2013, 40 minutes)

6:30pm, Boeing Hall North/1 TR – Science Center Members Only
Special Screening: National Geographic presents One Strange Rock

Free! (regular screen format, 45 minutes)

7pm, Planetarium/2 TR
Planetarium Show: The Sky Tonight

Free! (45 minutes)

7pm, The Loft/2
First Friday Trivia

Limited seating; sign up in The Loft.

7:15pm, CenterStage/LL
Presentation: Cave Archaeology Investigation & Research Network (CAIRN)

Learn how CAIRN volunteers help preserve cave archaeological sites.

Special Presentation by Dr. Chris Begley: What Do Real Archaeologists Think of Indiana Jones?

8:15pm, T. Rex Meeting Room/LL TR
Workshop: Cave Archaeology 101

Presented by Cave Archaeology Investigation & Research Network (CAIRN) and Meramec Valley Grotto (MVG). Space is limited. Sign up at the T. Rex Meeting Room.

8:30pm, Boeing Hall North/1TR
Special Screening: National Geographic presents One Strange Rock

Free! (regular screen format, 45 minutes)

9pm, Planetarium/2 TR
The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones, “My First Adventure”

(2007, not rated, regular screen format, 90 minutes)

9pm, CenterStage/LL
Bob Baker’s Improv Comedy Cabaret

Indiana Jones meets improv!

10pm, OMNIMAX/2 TR
Raiders of the Lost Ark

(1981, PG, regular screen format, 155 minutes)

Plan to attend these upcoming First Fridays!

April 6 – The Dark Crystal
May 4 – Movie Magic, Featuring the St. Louis Science Fiction and Fantasy Film Festival
June 1 – Jurassic World

Answers To Your First Friday Questions

Tell me more about tonight’s featured speaker, Dr. Chris Begley.

An archaeologist with 25 years of experience working in North America, Latin America, and Europe, Dr. Chris Begley earned his doctorate from the University of Chicago where he focused on the archaeology of the remote jungles of Honduras’ Mosquito Coast. Dr. Begley was named a National Geographic Explorer in 2012 and as one of the world’s 50 Most Adventurous Men by Men’s Journal magazine in 2015. He has been featured in many publications and documentaries and currently directs The Exploration Foundation and is a professor at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky.

What is the Cave Archaeology Investigation & Research Network (CAIRN)?

CAIRN is an interdisciplinary nonprofit group that relies on the volunteer efforts of cavers, cave divers, archaeologists, and many others to document (map, photograph, sketch, scan, survey) and help preserve archaeological sites in caves.

Tell me more about National Geographic’s One Strange Rock.

From award-winning filmmaker Darren Aronofsky and narrated by Will Smith, One Strange Rock is a mind-bending, thrilling journey that explores the fragility and wonder of planet Earth. Get your free tickets and catch tonight’s special screening, before the show airs on the National Geographic channel later this month.

How does First Friday Work?

To play, register as an individual or with a team in the Loft. We can accommodate up to 15 teams. There will be five rounds of trivia, with five questions each round. Prizes for the winners of each round!

How do I get free tickets? (for shows, presentations, activities, etc.)

Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Each person is allowed up to four tickets for your group. Once you have a ticket, you must be in the theater by show time to claim your seat. If you decide not to use your ticket, please return it to the Membership Desk in the Main Building Lobby. Tickets turned in for sold-out shows will be redistributed at the Membership Desk until 30 minutes prior to show time. After this, visitors without tickets may wait in a standby line outside of the show’s venue. We will let in those standing by to fill all seats not claimed by show time.

What are the costume guidelines?

We encourage guests to wear costumes! Thanks to our partner Johnnie Brock’s Dungeon for providing costumes for Science Center staff.

We ask that your costume not interfere with your safety or the safety of others. You may use face paint and partial face-masks. We ask that you carry any full-face masks or helmets while entering and when you are walking through the Science Center. You may wear your headgear while being photographed. Weapons as part of costumes are subject to the approval of Saint Louis Science Center Security. No firearms or illegal weapons are allowed and if the weapon has a blade, you must have a covering for it.

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