Are there any historical figures as fascinating, or as misunderstood, as Genghis Khan? Though his crimes (perpetrator of some "bloodiest massacres in human history") and conquests (he conquered more land and people in 25 years than the Romans did in 400) are well known, it's the great Khan's other qualities that visitors to the Marina Bay Sands' ArtScience Museum will be seeking to discover when they storm the exhibit, plastic novelty swords in hand, come February 17.
"His role of wise statesman who formed the first united Mongol nation is often overlooked. He was also one of the world’s greatest innovators and many of our modern-day inventions such as the passport, paper money, libraries and even trousers can be attributed to his vision.” said exhibit curator Don Lessem.
With curatorial consultation by leading Genghis Khan experts from the Smithsonian Institution, Columbia University and Yale University, and cooperation with the Mongolian Ministry of Education, Culture and Science in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, the exhibit, the largest of its kind ever assembled, promises to be just as entertaining as it will be educational.
In addition to the more than 200 objects from the State Hermitage Museum of St. Petersburg, Russia and the National Museum of Mongolian history, visitors will have the opportunity to experience live performances by traditional Mongolian singers, dazzling sets, videos and activities, including role-playing and excavations, and witness fearsome weapons in action with live demonstrations. Mongol siege weapons in action? Now who wouldn't want to see that?
Genghis Khan: The Exhibition will be on show from 17 February till 10 April 2011. Stay tuned for more information on admission prices in the near future.
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