Marco Polo: Man & Myth
On view September 28, 2013 – January 5, 2014
Experience the story of the ultimate adventure traveler, Marco Polo, and relive his epic excursion along the Silk Road. Twenty-four years and thousands of miles later, it became a journey that can best be described as "the ultimate road trip.”
Making its North American premiere at Fernbank Museum, Marco Polo: Man & Myth features more than 80 objects including coins, ceramics, artwork, maps and more.
From Marco Polo’s homeland in Venice to his final destination in China, the exhibition reveals the many cultural influences and customs he observed, highlights the impact of exchanging ideas along the Silk Road, and sheds light on his encounters inside the Mongol Empire, including the Court of Kublai Khan. Along the way he became an experienced merchant, knowledgeable explorer and keen observer.
Exhibition galleries highlight the diverse landscapes and cultures encountered on his journey, which were chronicled in one of the most important travelogues of all time, The Travels of Marco Polo. Both man and myth today, he is forever recognized as the quintessential traveler.
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Tickets for Marco Polo: Man & Myth are included with Museum admission and are free for members.
Sponsored locally in part by The Rich Foundation, Inc.
Marco Polo: Man & Myth is organized by Contemporanea Progetti & Expona.