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Traveling the Silk Road

This exhibition brought to life one of the greatest trading routes in human history, and showcased the goods, cultures, and technologies from the far reaches of China through the cities and empires of Central and West Asia from AD 600 to 1200. Visitors embarked on an unparalleled journey, exploring commerce, communication, and cultural exchange from four representative cities: Xi'an, China's Tang Dynasty capital; Turfan, a verdant oasis and trading outpost; Samarkand, home of prosperous merchants who thrived on the caravan trade; and Baghdad, a fertile hub of commerce and scholarship that became the intellectual center of the era.

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About the Exhibition

A thrilling journey along the greatest trading route in history--the legendary Silk Road. This exhibition explored the ancient cities of Asia and the Middle East between AD 600 and 1200, where spectacular sights, exquisite silks, and rousing stories were in abundance.



Take a Journey

Take a journey across Asia and discover the secrets and wonders of the greatest trade route of ancient times.

The Presenting Sponsor of Traveling the Silk Road was MetLife Foundation.

Additional support had been provided by Mary and David Solomon.

The Silk Road Project residency was generously supported by Rosalind P. Walter.


Traveling the Silk Road: Ancient Pathway to the Modern World is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York (, in collaboration with Azienda Speciale Palaexpo, Roma, Italy and Codice Idee per la cultura srl, Torino, Italy; The National Museum of Australia, Canberra, Australia and Art Exhibitions Australia; and the National Museum of Natural Science, Taichung, Taiwan and United Daily News, Taipei, Taiwan.

Traveling the Silk Road

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