AMNH partnership takes visitors down the Silk Road

Fans of the American Museum of Natural History Dinosaur Gallery at COSI can now check out the first companion exhibition from the venerable New York City venue.

“Traveling the Silk Road: Ancient Pathways to the Modern World” takes visitors on a journey along the well-known network of ancient trading routes between Asia and the Middle East. Guests will “stop” at four points—Xi’an, Turfan, Samarkand and Baghdad—to learn about the people and cultures whose influence was carried across the globe. The route, named for the sought-after fabric, flourished between A.D. 600 and 1200. 

The new exhibit occupies the AMNH Exhibition Gallery, a 9,000-square-foot space that will host rotating content. It is the second element of the partnership between AMNH and COSI that also includes Dinosaur Gallery, which opened in November. Mark Norell, chairman of the AMNH Division of Paleontology, is the curator of Dinosaur Gallery and the lead curator of “Traveling the Silk Road,” which was produced in collaboration with several other museums across the globe. 

The exhibition opens March 3 and runs through Sept. 3. It is included with COSI admission. Future titles in the AMNH Exhibition Gallery include “The Power of Poison” and “Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids: Mythic Creatures.”

Get a sneak peek of “Traveling the Silk Road” at columbusmonthly.com/news/20180301/cosi-preview-traveling-silk-road.