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More than 80 objects, including coins, ceramics, artwork, maps, navigational tools and more, take visitors from his Venetian homeland to China. Following The Travels of Marco Polo — one of the most celebrated chronicles in the history of European travel literature — the exhibition reveals the many cultures 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.
“Few people are aware that Marco Polo was only 17 when he left Venice on what might possibly be history’s greatest father-son road trip,” said Dr. Bobbi Hohmann, Fernbank Museum curator and anthropologist. “Like something we might see produced in Hollywood today, the Polos’ trip through Asia included bouts of unidentified illnesses, encounters with bandits and thieves, unusual customs and practices, and some of the most spectacular and harsh landscapes in the world.”
Both man and myth today, Marco Polo is forever recognized as the ultimate travel adventurer and his account remains one of the greatest travelogues ever written. On his deathbed at the age of 70, he is said to have declared, “I have only told half of what I saw.”
From the 13th century to the modern world, the amazing films in Fernbank’s IMAX® Theatre can also take your students on an exploration of the cosmos and to an island known as Penguin City.
Hidden Universe, showing daily from Sept. 6 - Jan. 2, takes students on a breathtaking tour of deep space through images captured by the world’s most powerful telescopes. Explore galaxies, travel the terrain of Mars, witness images of celestial structures, and peer deep inside vivid clouds of nebula.
Also showing in IMAX, and set against a backdrop of dramatic snowy peaks and glacial crags, Penguins follow a brave king penguin on the journey of a lifetime. This live-action film celebrates the destiny of a very special King Penguin, who returns to his birthplace journey through his species’ central rite of passage. Known as Penguin City, the island is home to hundreds of albatrosses, fur seals and brawling elephant seals — as well as six million penguins. Penguins shows daily in the IMAX Theatre from Sept. 6 - Jan. 2.