The Shrine of the Silver Monkey was perhaps the most iconic of rooms in Olmec's Temple. The only room to last the entire show's run, it was also considered the room that either made or broke a team's chances at winning. In order to pass through, a contestant had to put together the Silver Monkey: a three-piece statue made out of a square-shaped base, a middle piece that fitted onto a small bulge on the base, and a headpiece featuring a rod that fit through the other pieces.


  • The fastest unassisted completion of the Silver Monkey was done in eleven seconds by Mike from The Thornwood Gavel of Judge Roy Bean.
  • The fastest assisted (base already placed) completion of the Silver Monkey was Chrystine from The Lost Taj Mahal Turban of Aurangzeb, completing it in nine seconds.
  • There was more than one Silver Monkey; during the third season, occasionally one could see a second Silver Monkey near the Steps of Knowledge location.
  • On two occasions, a contestant dropped the middle piece of the Monkey over the ledge in the front of the room. This happened to Kelly in The Jeweled Necklace of Montezuma and Derek in The Upside-Down Compass of Henry Hudson.
  • Olmec is also known for his unique pronunciation of the word "Shrine" in Season 3, often stretching it out and announcing it with forced expression.
  • This room and The Dark Forest hold the highest amount of temple guard encounters.
Objective Completion 64 (20 - Season 1, 22 - Season 2, 22 - Season 3)
Temple Guard Encounters 20 (6 - Season 1, 5 - Season 2, 9 - Season 3)
Artifacts Featured The Golden Cup of Belshazzar
The Golden Chains of Zēnobía
The Silver Saddle Horn of Hannibal
Maid Marian's Silk Ladder
The Collar of Davy Crockett
The Golden Stallion of Alī Bābā
The Diary of Doctor Livingstone
The Missing Eye of David
The Lost Lion Tail of Little John
The Snakeskin Boots of Billy the Kid
The Secret Battle Plan of Nathan Hale (Final)
The Broken Wing of Icarus
The Bifocal Monocle of One-Eyed Jack
The Secret Map of the Bandit Queen
The Ivory Hunting Horn of Roland
The Broken Trident of Poseidon
The Metal Beard of the Egyptian Queen
Half Pendants Featured Galileo's Cannonball
The Stolen Arm of Shiva
Alexander and the Gordian Knot
The Codebook of Mata Hari
Adjoining Rooms The Room of the Golden Idols (Layouts I-III)
The Treasure Room (Layouts IV-VIII)
The Treasury of Golden Orbs (Layout IX)
The King's Storeroom (Layouts X-XIV)
The Room of the Ancient Warriors (Layout XV)
The Room of Three Torches (Layouts I-II, VI-IX)
The Pirate's Cove (Layouts III-V)
The Viper's Nest (Layouts X & XI)
The Lightning Room (Layout XII)
The Room of the Secret Password (Layouts XIII-XV)
The Mine Shaft (Layouts I, II, X-XIV)
The Dungeon (Layouts III-V)
The Well (Layouts VI-IX)
The Quicksand Bog (Layout XV)
The Tomb of the Ancient Kings (Layouts I-IX)
The Dark Forest (Layouts X-XV)