Thursday, June 23, 2011

Don't Miss this Stunning Exhibit!

My family and I went to the Irving Arts Center today to visit the Genghis Khan Exhibit.  I was so impressed with the many items on display and the amount of information provided. My husband and kids had a good time too!

A Few Tips:
  • Take a light jacket.  The temperature is kept at a cool 64 degrees due to the mummy and other rare objects on display. Blankets are available.  
  • Even though there is a lot to read, this exhibit is little-kid friendly because there are screens located throughout the space with short videos that explain different aspects of Genghis Khan's life.  
  • You are also given a character bookmark.  Throughout the exhibit there are touchscreens where you can follow the life of your character. Very cool.
  • There are several hands-on activities, one of which is an archaeological digging area.  The kids can search for treasures just like real archaeologists!
  • While we were there, 2 musicians played beautiful traditional music.  Check the Irving Art Center website for events occurring on the day you plan to visit.
  • The exhibit runs until September 30, 2011

"Although he ruled with an iron fist, he rewarded loyalty and merit.  He established the rule of law and opened trade and exchange across Asia."

Brought to you by....Genghis Khan in the 13th century:
One of our favorite parts of the exhibit was the "brought to you by..." display. Modern day items, jobs, and laws that we take for granted were developed during the reign of Genghis Kahn!

Food and Personal Items:
  • Chopped Meat/Steak Tartare:  Mongolian warriors didn't have time to stop and cook.  They minced up meat and stored it under their saddles for food on the go! Today it is considered a gourmet classic. Here's the recipe (sorry my #vegan friends)
  • Baklava:  A sweet layered dough filled with nuts and honey. Here's the recipe
  • Charcoal:  When the nomadic tribes and warriors did have time to cook they liked to do a little grillin'!
  • Forks:  Eating raw minced meat with their hands probably encouraged this invention!
  • Eyeglasses
  • Pants
  • Librarians
  • Pony Express
  • Tax Relief for teachers and religious leaders (I like this one)
  • Environmental Protection: laws prohibiting the polluting of water
  • Diplomatic Immunity
  • National Parks: laws which preserved his favorite hunting grounds
  • Paper money
  • Passports
One last word...the gift shop!
The items in the gift shop were very unique.  There were handmade felt shoes and hats, cashmere sweaters, games, toys, and lots of  "Genghis" memorabilia.  We spent a lot of time in there!

We left these at the store just in case YOU wanted them!
*This post is sponsored by the Irving Arts Center, host of the Genghis Khan Exhibit. I was provided with tickets to the exhibit and compensation for my time. All opinions expressed are my own.
**Recipes courtesy of


  1. I love exhibitions where you get to try on items and interact. Sounds like you had a great day - plus can see by pictures. Have to speak to someone about getting that in UK!
    Have a good day.

  2. I'm looking forward to seeing this. I wasn't sure how well my 4 and 7 year old would like it though. Thanks for the details!