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Traveling The Silk Road: Ancient Pathway To The Modern World

Gayle Anderson was live in Exposition Park for the West Coast debut of “TRAVELING THE SILK ROAD: ANCIENT PATHWAY TO THE MODERN WORLD”, which opens on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM).

Named for the treasured fabric that was traded across the known world, the Silk Road stretched from eastern China through the cities of Central Asia to the Middle East. More than a conduit for material goods, the Silk Road also carried scientific knowledge, technological advances, folklore, art, music, and religious beliefs through contact among peoples and cultures.

“Traveling the Silk Road” will transport visitors to ancient cities through immersive re-creations of settings that feature life-size models, engaging videos and hands-on activities that tell the story of the peoples and cultures of the route’s golden age, from AD 600 to 1200, and the impact of their interaction on the world in the centuries that followed. Bringing new insight to modern notions of globalization and multiculturalism, this exhibition explores a time when the information superhighway was a network of land routes that stretched 4,600 miles across blazing desert sands and snowy mountain passes.

Organized by the American Museum of Natural History in New York, Traveling the Silk Road has been adapted for the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County’s newly renovated special exhibition galleries and will be the only U.S. venue for the exhibition following its recent tour in Asia.

In conjunction with the exhibition, a series of special programs on story-telling, puppetry, tea and musical instruments have been programmed to connect visitors with the fruits of the greatest trade route of ancient times.

Upcoming “Traveling the Silk Road” Programs at NHM:

Member Preview Days:

Friday, December 20 & Saturday, December 21 (all day)

Members get free tickets and are first to see our newest exhibition on one of the greatest trading routes in human history.

Saturday, December 21:

11:30 am and 2:30 pm: Silk Road Panoramic Shadow Puppetry Show

11 am and 1 pm: Tales Along the Silk Road Storytelling

OPENING DAY– Sunday, December 22:

Camel rides, photo opportunities, and holiday activities!

11 am and 1 pm: Tales from the Silk Road Storytelling

Saturday December 28 and Sunday, December 29:

Silk, beads, and jewelry making, environmental musical performances, and more.

11 am and 1 pm: Tales from the Silk Road Storytelling

3-Day Shadow Puppetry Workshop

Tuesday, January 7; Thursday, January 9; and Friday, January 10, From 10 am-12 pm

NHM is presenting an opportunity to take a journey along the Silk Road and learn the ancient art of Shadow Puppetry. In this 3-day workshop for ages 8-12, students will build their own puppet to take home, and perform with the professional puppeteers of NHM’s Performing Arts staff. $100 for Members, $120 for non-members

For more information on special programming and lectures, CLICK HERE.

Experience the delights of the Silk Road throughout the season with Silk Road Marketplace, now open on the first floor of the Museum. The Silk Road Marketplace is an exotic holiday shopping experience. Located at the end of “Traveling the Silk Road” exhibition on Level 1, visitors will find a luxurious shop that features a wealth of merchandise, from silks to jewelry to teas and spices, inspired by the goods traded along the 4,600-mile pathway stretching from eastern China through the cities of Central Asia to the Middle East.

Visitors can find unique gifts for everyone on their list inside the Silk Road Marketplace, including the gift of NHM membership or special tickets to experience the “Traveling the Silk Road” exhibition. Unique gifts include a Tibetan Bell Gong set, 40” Plush Standing Camels, porcelain jewelry and kitchen items, and books about the historic Silk Road and neighboring cultures. An assortment of aromatic teas and spices, silks garments, furniture and décor, camel-themed gifts and more will be arriving on a regular basis through April 13. 2014.

“Traveling the Silk Road” is a specially ticketed exhibit: $8 adults; $5 children 3-12; free for children 2 and under. Members admitted free and can reserve online at nhm.org/membertickets. They can also pick up the tickets on-site when they check in. The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m..

To join as a member, go online at nhm.org/join or call 213-763-3426. To purchase memberships as gifts, visit nhm.org/join and indicate that it is a gift under “shipping method.” Or, purchasers can call 213-763-3426 for NHM to send a “gift package” to the recipient.

Discounted group tickets, which include admission to the “Traveling the Silk Road” exhibition, are available to groups of 10 or more with a reservation booked at least 72 hours in advance of your visit. Call (213) 763-3499 or book online at nhm.org/groupvisits

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County was the first dedicated museum building in Los Angeles, opening its doors in 1913. Since then, it has amassed one of the world’s most extensive and valuable collections of natural and cultural history — with more than 35 million objects, some as old as 4.5 billion years. The Natural History Family of Museums includes the NHM, the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits (Hancock Park/Mid-Wilshire), and the William S. Hart Park and Museum (Newhall, California). The Family of Museums serves more than one million families and visitors annually, and is a national leader in research, exhibitions and education.

Opens Sunday, December 22, 2013 and runs through Sunday, April 13, 2014

Traveling the Silk Road: Ancient Pathway to the Modern World

9:30am to 5pm

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90007
(213) 763-DINO

If you have questions, please feel free to call Gayle Anderson at 323-460-5732 or e-mail Gayle at Gayle.Anderson@KTLA.com

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Gayle Anderson was live in Exposition Park for the West Coast debut of “TRAVELING THE SILK ROAD: ANCIENT PATHWAY TO THE MODERN WORLD”, which opens on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM).

Gayle Anderson was live in Exposition Park for the West Coast debut of “TRAVELING THE SILK ROAD: ANCIENT PATHWAY TO THE MODERN WORLD”, which opens on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM).

Gayle Anderson was live in Exposition Park for the West Coast debut of “TRAVELING THE SILK ROAD: ANCIENT PATHWAY TO THE MODERN WORLD”, which opens on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM).

Gayle Anderson was live in Exposition Park for the West Coast debut of “TRAVELING THE SILK ROAD: ANCIENT PATHWAY TO THE MODERN WORLD”, which opens on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM).

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