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Genghis Khan Exhibition Invades Fernbank

Bronze Statue of Genghis Khan on display at Fernbank
Bronze Statue of Genghis Khan on display at Fernbank
courtesy of Fernbank

Genghis Khan Exhibit


The latest special exhibition at Fernbank takes a detour from its usual interactive experience and gets back to museum basics.

My personal knowledge of Genghis Khan was limited to sixth-grade history class, but that might be the appeal of this exhibit and is the right age to truly enjoy it as well.

A large bronze statue of the conqueror greets visitors at the entrance. In the next room museum goers can see how the other one-third (still) lives in Mongolia in a replica of a yurt or dwelling.

One cool takeaway was the role of women during his reign. Not only were they expected to raise the children, cook, herd, and milk the goats but during battles they took a break and took out wounded enemies in battlefields with makeshift weapons. During one famous battle it was Genghis Khan’s own daughter that led the attack on Central Asia and won. Talk about your working mom.

As mentioned earlier this exhibit tends to lack the usual interactive experience, and fails to work in its biggest exhibit highlights until the end. For instance, an impressive coffin and well-preserved mummy is tucked somewhere in the back. Also hiding at the end of the exhibition are some cool facts about Genghis Khan’s legacy. An estimated 16 million males could call Genghis Khan’s son their baby daddy, according to scientists.

In the end, I left with some trivia that I will be able to use at the next dinner party or mixer. However, I did feel that the exhibit left a lot to be desired and was not inclusive of kids under the age of 10.

Fernbank’s Special Exhibition Genghis Khan runs now through January 21, 2013. Admission if free for members and included with regular museum admission. Visit to learn more.