Thor invades Disneyland with new Treasures of Asgard exhibit

Nov. 06, 2013 | 11:32 a.m.

The God of Thunder himself, Thor, was on hand to greet us as we walked through a passageway to Asgard in a new exhibit at Disneyland. (Jevon Phillips / Los Angeles Times)

The Book of Yggdrasil chronicles the entire history of the nine realms. (Jevon Phillips / Los Angeles Times)

These shields, swords and sheaths symbolize the Einherjar, Asgard's most elite warriors. (Jevon Phillips / Los Angeles Times)

The mask and dagger of a Dark Elf, a key figure in the new "Thor: The Dark World" film. (Jevon Phillips / Los Angeles Times)

The shield and sword of Lady Sif, an Asgardian warrior and longtime friend of Thor. (Jevon Phillips / Los Angeles Times)

The swords of Heimdall, a warrior who watches over the Rainbow Bridge, or Bifrost, which is the gateway into Asgard. (Jevon Phillips / Los Angeles Times)

The helmet and shackles of Loki, god of mischief. (Jevon Phillips / Los Angeles Times)

Across from the Thor: Treasures of Asgard section of Innoventions stands the Iron Man exhibit, boasting many different versions of the Golden Avenger's armor. (Jevon Phillips / Los Angeles Times)

In time for this weekend’s release of “Thor: The Dark World,” Marvel is bringing the magic of Asgard to Disneyland in a new exhibit fit for the gods.

Thor: Treasures of Asgard is now open as part of the park’s Innoventions display. The exhibit features “artifacts” from Asgard, including the helmet of Loki, the swords of Heimdall and Lady Sif, the mask of a dark elf and even the book that contains the history of Yggdrisil, the world tree that unites the nine realms of Asgard. See photos of some of the artifacts in the gallery above. We assume that Thor needs his hammer Mjolnir, and other famous objects like the Casket of Ancient Winter may be too dangerous to be on display.

As part of the experience, participants are told by Odin, ruler of Asgard, about the joint undertaking between Dr. Jane Foster (played by Natalie Portman in the film) and the realm of Asgard. The otherworldly home of the gods is releasing these items to us humans in order to help build a better understanding of their culture and humans’ place in the universe.

Odin then announces the Bifrost, or the Rainbow Bridge that unites the dimensions, is operable, and visitors get a glimpse of his throne room. Odin’s son Thor even makes an appearance. The exhibit will be up and running until at least Jan. 6, 2014.

The exhibit joins an Iron Man display in the Innoventions section of the happiest place on Earth, and there is no word on what the next exhibit might be — though Marvel did just release the trailer for fellow Avenger Captain America’s next cinematic adventure.

– Jevon Phillips | @LATHeroComplex

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