Birth of a Legacy
Study the methods Genghis Khan used to manage his Mongol Empire, and learn about his many innovations, including a messenger service, a system of laws, paper money, and more. Examine one of the world’s oldest passports, as well as an early example of Mongolian writing, and the amazingly preserved mummy of a wealthy noble woman.
After Genghis Khan
Encounter Genghis Khan’s successors, including his son Ögödei, whose cosmopolitan capital of Karakorum became an international center of politics and trade. View fantastic jewelry, clothing, instruments, and other artifacts unearthed during recent excavations at the ancient site.
The Empire Divided
Uncover the truth behind the legend of Kublai Khan, Genghis’s grandson, who laid the foundation of modern China. Wander through a recreation of a room at Xanadu, the summer capital, then learn more about the journeys of Kublai’s court courier Marco Polo along the Silk Road, and find out more about the fall of the Mongol Empire.
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During several decades of excavations at Karakorum, the Mongol capital city during Ögödei Khan’s rule, archaeologists have discovered that metalwork was one of the main industries.
Workshops for processing copper, gold, silver and iron were located next to the city’s living quarters. Foreign craftsmen fabricated earrings, headdresses, bracelets, and other ornaments using precious metals and semi-precious stones, such as agate and turquoise.
Witness the enduring culture of the Khans, surviving in the modern-day Democratic Republic of Mongolia, where more than 16 million living descendants trace their genetics to Genghis Khan. And check out how the country’s people preserve their past while planning for the future.
Don’t miss this opportunity to meet the man behind the mythology—plan your visit today!