Travelling the Silk Road: Ancient Pathway to the Modern World was on show at the National Museum of Australia – its one exclusive Australian venue – from 31 March until 29 July 2012 in the Temporary Exhibition Gallery.
Visitors were invited to step 1000 years back in time to experience the sights, sounds and stories of the greatest trading route in history in this exhibition from the American Museum of Natural History, New York.
The exhibition presented visitors with an opportunity to embark on a thrilling journey along the legendary Silk Road, exploring the ancient cities of Asia and the Middle East over six centuries, where spectacular sights, exquisite silks and rousing stories awaited.
It also had remarkable dioramas, fascinating interactives and impressive artefacts to amaze children and adults alike on an adventure along the world's oldest international highway.
The National Museum presented a number of special programs and events as part of the Travelling the Silk Road exhibition in Canberra.
The video below features professional sand artist Pooja Harischandra. Pooja illustrates elements of the exhibition through a visual story in sand.
This exhibition was organised by the American Museum of Natural History, New York (www.amnh.org) in collaboration with Azienda Speciale Palaexpo, Roma, Italy, and Codice Idee per la cultura srl, Torina, Italy; the Museum at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore; 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.