Traveling the Silk Road

November 14, 2009 — August 15, 2010


A model of a camel carrying a burden.

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.

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.

MetLife Foundation logo.

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.