According to LucasFilm, unless someone has an undocumented secret collection, the Ravenwood Museum in Manitoba, Canada, is the largest private Indiana Jones collection in the World.
…and last week I was invited to visit!
Most of what I did was run from shelf to shelf saying things like, “No Way!”, “Oh My God!” & “Shut Up!” so I didn’t take all the photos I wish I had. But here are the few I managed to walk away with…
The Ravenwood Museum is an 1,100 sq. foot building with over 7,000 Indiana Jones items from around the world. I got wind of it last year when I started listening to The IndyCast podcast. Les David is the man who put it all together 6 years ago in a refurbished barn on his private property. The collection isn’t open to the public, so I was honored to have Les give me a tour himself.
Although museum pieces included clothing, music, books, toys, games and many prototypes never before seen by the pubic, most of the items I photographed are Prop Replicas & Sixth Scale Figure Environments from Sideshow Collectibles.
As part of the collection there were many meticulously crafted fan made items. Nurhaci’s Urn, pictured below, is fan made.
Les had an entire wall lined with Indy slot machines and arcade games brought in from around the globe.
There were huge cabinet drawers carefully preserving rare posters and original Indy art. Included were the “Free Mining for the Kids” poster, seen at the top of this post, and this wonderful piece…
The big Indy news being discussed this summer is the upcoming BluRay release of the movies. Many Indy fans are upset that deleted scenes will not be included. Les had a photo of the Indy riding the periscope deleted scene from Raiders, and was cool enough to email it to me…
What felt like 15 minutes was actually 3 hours spent jumping from one item to another. Les was very patient, allowing me to handle many pieces and giving me the story behind everything I saw. Even after that lengthy visit I never got to explore everything and will one day have to return. I’m obviously an Indiana Jones fan, and to be in a room dedicated to Indy, floor to ceiling, was an absolute thrill. 3 days later I’m still buzzing about it and regretting not taking the time to read the entire Grail Diary, or take a picture of the original “Marvel Further Adventures…” cover art, or to chloroform Les and play with all his Indy toys while he slept.
I wanna thank Ed Dolista from The IndyCast and give a HUGE thank you to Les David for the invite, taking the time to show me around & for all the work he has done collecting & documenting everything in The Ravenwood Museum. Check out his website www.ThrowMetheIdol.com and ‘like’ the Throw Me The Idol facebook page.
-ps- An Indy-ish video I did a number of years ago