Genghis Khan: Bringing the Legend to Life
Related Organization: Union Station Kansas City
Presented in Kansas City for the first time, this world tour exhibition features more than 300 spectacular objects, including rare and sophisticated weapons and a formidable array of swords, bows, arrows, saddles and armor. Costumes, jewels, ornaments, instruments and other fascinating relics assist in creating a more complete image of the legendary leader. In total, these priceless original artifacts from Genghis Khan’s 13th century Empire form the largest such collection ever to tour.
However, the exhibition is much more than a brilliant collection of artifacts; it’s an immersive experience. At the beginning of their journey, exhibition visitors will receive the identity of a Mongolian resident. Whether a warrior, spy or princess, visitors will follow their life throughout the rise of the great Mongol Empire across six key scenes and eight unique galleries:
The Grasslands: Discover the daily life of a nomad on the high plateaus of Central Asia and learn about the outcast Genghis Khan’s earliest struggles. Walk into an ancient Mongol ger (yurt) home. Stand in the midst of a herd of stampeding horses.
Rise of the Mongols: Learn how the young, charismatic Genghis Khan united warring tribes in order to form an unrivaled cavalry. Explore the equestrian culture and innovations in weaponry Genghis Khan mastered to conquer four times more land than any Empire in history.
The Walled City: Enter the recreation of Karakorum, the walled city, which became the capital of the Mongolian Empire after Genghis Khan’s son inherited the kingdom. See how life changed for Mongols once they had vanquished all of their enemies, and arts and diverse religions and cultures flourished as the need for war subsided.
The Silk Road: While Genghis Khan was a ruthless warrior, he was also a savvy statesman and benevolent ruler. He developed a written language and a sophisticated society with fair taxation, stable government, appreciation of the arts, religious freedom and open trade along the Silk Road. Explore this vital trade route which enabled the exchange of both goods and ideas between cultures.
The Palace of Kublai Khan: Enter the sumptuous Chinese palace of Xanadu, the center of the Empire of Genghis’s grandson, Kublai, who united China for the first time. See porcelain treasures and a sword with the emblem of a guardian of Marco Polo, among many others.
Mongolia Today: Trace the influence of Genghis Khan in images of modern Mongolian life. The distinctive horse-based culture of Genghis Khan’s time persists today as the nation and language he created lives on eight centuries after his rule. See how his legend lives on through the namesake of many modern Mongolian brands, and how he was revered as a god among the Mongolian people.
“This dynamic exhibition presents a more complete image of the legendary leader and the world in which he lived,” Jerry Baber, Union Station EVP & COO, said. “Genghis Khan not only was a brilliant military strategist known for ruthless practices, but also a leader known for fierce loyalty to his people and a pioneer for religious freedom. Our guests will be invited to experience the Mongolian culture with live performances of authentic Mongolian music, art and dance. In this exhibition, there truly is something for everyone.”
Plan and purchase tickets now to this exotic and uniquely interactive exhibition that tells the story of Genghis Khan - his life, his land, his people, his culture, and his enduring legacy.
Tickets are now on sale with complete details at WWW.GENGHISKHANUSKC.COM
Hours of Operation
Monday thru Friday: 10am – 6pm
Saturday: 10am – 7pm
Sunday: 10am – 5pm