February 24, 2012 - September 3, 2012
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The name Genghis Khan conjures up images of a ruthless conqueror terrorizing most of 13th Century Asia. You might be surprised, however, to learn he was also a wise humanitarian and revered statesman. You can decide for yourself who this man was inside the new exhibit, "Genghis Khan," running from Feb. 24 to Sept. 3 at the Field Museum.
Begin by entering a darkened corridor featuring an 8-foot-tall statue depicting the founder of the Mongol Empire reclining in his throne. From there, you'll be greeted by scenic panoramic murals and a replica of a yurt, or the traditional circular home of the Mongol nomads. The smell of campfire emanates from the hearth as you browse the clothing, utensils and weapons of one of the last horse-based cultures in history.
You'll discover the events of Khan's life that led to Khan's ruthless practices of piling heads into pyramids to threaten besieged citizens, slaying his own advisers out of mistrust, and the conquering of the world's largest empire to date. But you'll also learn of the emperor's code of laws, the establishment of paper currency, a postal service, religious tolerance, and even laws against littering.
Kids will be thrilled by the interactive nature of the exhibit, the large trebuchet on display and the skeletal remains of a Mongolian noble woman. The exhibit features more than 200 artifacts - the largest collection outside of Mongolia -including silk robes, leather armor, religious relics, crossbows and tomb treasures.
Ticket options for this exhibit start at $22 for adults and $15 for children ages 3-11. They may be purchase in advance online or at the museum. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Contact the Field Museum at 312-922-9410 or visit fieldmuseum.org.