An exhbit opening November 14, 2009 on view thru August 15, 2010 at the American Museum of Natural History.
This is perhaps one of the most important and monumental pathway for trade, transport, religion and technology.
Traveling the Silk Road: Ancient Pathway to the Modern World
From the Museum of Natural History website Press Release:
“In this exhibition, we invite the public to take a journey with us
along this critical cultural pathway, which might be thought of as the
internet of the ancient world. Visitors will see spectacular sights,
smell the spices, marvel at the silk, and hear the stories and music of
the great ancient civilizations of Asia and the Middle East.”
will embark on an unparalleled journey, exploring commerce,
communication, and cultural exchange from the far reaches of China
through the cities and empires of Central and West Asia from A.D. 600
to 1200. Children will become world travelers as well, collecting
special stamps in Silk Road “passports” issued to them at the
exhibition entrance, smelling real spices in the spice market,
observing live silkworms, and enjoying live musical performances.
On Sunday afternoons, visitors will be treated to live performances brought together by the Silk Road Project,
a not-for-profit artistic, cultural and educational organization
founded in 1998 by cellist Yo-Yo Ma that takes inspiration from the
historic Silk Road trading route as a modern metaphor for multicultural
and interdisciplinary exchange.