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Travelling the Silk Road Exhibition

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by Natasha Stewart (subscribe)
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In the past the Silk Road fascinated explorers, and brought the exotic to Europe. Travelling the Silk Road: Ancient Pathway to the Modern World provides a chance to experience that same fascination and learn about the history and some of the stories of this famed trade route.

The exhibition is at the National Museum of Australia from the 31st of March until the 29th of July, entry is $10 for adults, $8 for concession, $22 for a family, and $5 for children. Friends of the museum will receive tickets half price. It may be a bit more than the usual free entry, but it's a cheap fee that will be well worth it.

The Silk Road was a trade route through Asia and the Middle East, bringing back fascinating foods, spices, textiles and more to Europe. The collection on show at the National Museum has been brought over from the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

See vast worlds in miniature through detailed dioramas, or have your children stare up at the giant life-size camel laden with goods for trade. There are interactive displays that will grab children's attention even if they start to get tired, and interesting artefacts of exquisite detail and beauty.

Map of the Silk Road (Wikimedia Commons)

Travel through different parts of the world - Xi'an, Turfan, Samarkand, and Baghdad, and experience the different places found along the Silk Road. Life-like settings are created so that both children and adults feel fully immersed in this world.

As well as the exhibition there are a number of other events and classes that are worth taking a look at.

Music from the Silk Road
Sunday 13 May 7:30-9:30pm, The Hall, The National Museum of Australia
Come see a live musical performance that follows the journey from Europe to China, travelling along the exotic Silk Road. This event is held in conduction with the Canberra International Music Festival.
Tickets to the concert are $65 for adults and $59 for concession. A ticket also grants you free entry to the exhibit from 6:30pm.

The Tulip
Sunday 20 May 7:30-9:30, The Hall, The National Museum of Australia

This is another musical performance as part of the Canberra International Music Festival. It is also part of the 2012 Festival Finale. The sounds of Omar Faruk Tekbilek are quite mesmerising.
Tickets are $65 for adults, and $59 for concession. A ticket also grants you free entry to the exhibit from 6:30pm.

Night Market Festival
Friday 15 June 6:30-9:30pm, National Museum of Australia
This is one of the most exciting ways to experience the exhibition. The free night market is being held on Friday the 15th of June, and the museum is transformed into a bustling market. As well as free entry to the exhibition you will get to trawl through stalls selling silver and semi-precious stones, try food from various places along the trade route, inhale the smells from spices, soaps, and oils, and even enjoy performances, storytelling, and poetry.

Travelling the Silk Road: Public Conversation
Friday 22 June 12:15-1:30pm, Visions Theatre, The National Museum of Australia
If you are interested in the history of the Silk Road, then you may like to come along to hear Ken Perry and Joyce Morgan as they discuss travel along the Silk Road throughout history.
Bookings are essential. Call (02) 6208 5021 or email

This is an exhibition well worth exploring, and it is made even better by the added events throughout it's time in Canberra.
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Why? Discover the ancient history of the Silk Road
When: March 31st till July 29th
Where: The National Museum of Australia
Cost: $10 adults, $8 concessions, $5 children, $22 family
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