The Life & Legacy of Genghis Khan

Travel back in time to learn about 13th-century Mongolia through stories, historical artifacts, and the enduring legacy of one of the world’s most controversial leaders.

Exhibit closes February 15, 2021. 


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Step into the Mongol Empire

Understand what life was like in 13-century Mongolia by exploring the tents, marketplaces, and military technology of this legendary realm. See Mongolian culture brought to life daily with traditional music and art.

View Historical Artifacts

More than 300 treasures have been carefully curated by Smithsonian Institution scholars, including instruments, pottery, weaponry, and numerous other relics. The collection includes many never-before-seen items from Mongolia, Azerbaijan, and the US.


Understand the Legacy

Explore Genghis Khan's life and the impacts his family had during the formation, peak, and decline of the Mongol Empire. Learn about his controversial leadership, thoughtfully and contextually, within the realities of 13th-century life.

Escape to 13th Century Mongolia

Journey back 800 years to immerse yourself in the treasures, stories, battles, and art of the 13th-century Mongol Empire.

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The Life & Legacy of Genghis Khan

Adult (14+) $12.00
Youth (3-13) $8.00
Senior (63+) $10.00
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The exhibition was organized by Don Lessem, author and president of Exhibits Rex, Inc., with curatorial consultation by two leading Genghis Khan experts and scholars, Dr. William Fitzhugh of the Smithsonian Institution and Dr. Morris Rossabi of Columbia University. Lessem developed Genghis Khan in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Lenders include the National Museum of Mongolian History, the Institute of Archaeology of the Mongolian Academy of Sciences, the National Library of Mongolia, the Military Museum of Mongolia, the Dornod Province Museum in Mongolia, the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, and the Kooros and Gotuaco families, the Xinhuan Collection, and Arthur Leeper.