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Treasure! explores the history of treasure and treasure hunting, the technology employed in hunting treasure, as well as the people and personalities that hunt for treasure-including your visitors. The educational purpose of the exhibition is to investigate these key ideas: What is treasure? Who hunts for treasure? Why do they hunt treasure? How do people hunt for treasure? On a personal level, the exhibit also provokes the question, what do you treasure? Treasure! has six thematic areas, including underwater treasure, treasures in the attic, buried treasure, gold rushes, protecting treasure, treasure in popular culture, and the modern treasure hunt. The hands-on activities allow the visitor to try tools of treasure hunting and investigate treasures. Special exhibit features include actual artifacts from shipwrecks and other treasure sites.


Underwater Treasure

Sunken treasure, lost aboard ships that never arrived at their destinations, has long been the object of pursuit for treasure hunters. This part of the exhibit examines who are these hunters, what tools do they use to locate treasure, and what do they find. Actual shipwreck artifacts are part of this module. Activities include a Remotely Operated Vehicle.

Buried Treasure

Pirate booty, the Knights Templar, and hoards of gold are popular themes in treasure lore and some of it really exists. How do people hunt for buried treasure? What do they find? These topics are explored in the buried treasure area.

Metal Detecting-Throughout Treasure! the tools and technology of treasure hunting are explored. Visitors can experiment with metal detectors and see how they work in this part of the exhibit that bridges Buried Treasure and the Modern Treasure Hunt.

Gold Rushes

The gold rushes of the 19th century are slipping further into history but their impact remains in many parts of the North America. This part of the exhibit brings the hunt for gold to your visitors with an actual "gold" panning activity. Visitors are also invited to be worth their weight in gold with our special scale.

Treasures in the Attic

Bringing the treasure closer to home, the attic module shows visitors how to find treasures in everyday objects. Family heirlooms and even long-lost toys may hold hidden value. Treasure hunting is often thought of as someone else's activity, but most of us pursue our own version of treasure in one way or another. The attic invites people to consider, what do YOU treasure?

Treasure in Popular Culture

Treasure is one of the most popular themes across cultures. Games, books, movies, TV shows are full of treasure stories. Even breakfast cereal and license plates have been touched by our thirst for the adventure of treasure hunting.

The Modern Treasure Hunt

Contemporary treasure hunting employs exciting technology, like metal detectors and GPS receivers. In this area, visitors will consider the various ways that people find their way (maps, compasses, landmarks) and other tools of navigation, including the Global Positioning System.

Geocaching-This family-friendly outdoor activity first appeared in 2001 and now boasts hundreds of thousands of enthusiasts. Using GPS receivers, geocachers hide and seek "treasure" purely for fun. Visitors will check out an indoor geocahe in this part of the exhibit. (NRG! Exhibits can also help incorporate an actual geocache hunt in your community.)


In addition to the exhibition itself, NRG! Exhibits supplies your venue with thorough education support. This includes:

  • A website that is useful for the general public, educators, and students
  • Teacher's guide to the exhibit with lessons for ages 4-adult
  • An optional teachers' open house event (hosted by the venue) with a presentation by a Treasure! exhibit curator, designed to help teachers integrate the exhibit into their curriculum
  • Optional training and materials for venue staff to conduct a Treasure Camp!


NRG! Exhibits is committed to bringing the exciting Treasure! exhibit to the top of everyone's list of things to do in your community. We'll help your venue accomplish this by providing:

  • City-wide treasure hunts that lead visitors to your door
  • Color and black & white photos for use in print materials
  • Video footage for use on television ads or news releases
  • Additional concepts for special events tailored to your community
Category: Science & Technology
Primarily Consists Of: Hands-On Activities
Cost: Please inquire
Size: 5,000 square feet
Venue Length: 3 months
Availability: Summer 2017 and beyond
Special Requirements: Minimum ceiling height of 8.5 feet; standard electricity
Previous Venues:

  1. Museum of Science & Technology (Syracuse)
  2. Discovery Science Center (Santa Ana)
  3. Sloan Museum (Flint)
  4. Pink Palace Museum (Memphis)
  5. Kidzeum (Springfield, IL)
  6. Space Center Houston
  7. Museum of the Rockies (Bozeman)
  8. Missouri History Museum (St. Louis)
  9. Hands On Museum (Johnson City, Tenn.)
  10. Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture (Spokane)
Organization: NRG! Exhibits
Contact: Seth! Leary
Address: 211 Kirkland Avenue #207, Kirkland, 98033 USA
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