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Under the Silk Road Skies (No Host)

         Natural History Museum of Los Angeles Presents

                    Traveling the Silk Road Lecture Series

                                Under the Silk Road Skies

Join astronomer and Director of the Griffith Observatory Dr. E.C. Krupp for a fascinating exploration of astronomy along the Silk Road, with an introduction by Dr. Clifford V. Johnson, whose multidisciplinary research is part of an international effort to understand the origin and evolution of the Universe. Although knowledge of the sun, moon, and stars might have been a comfort along the Silk Road, negotiating the deserts and mountains from Xi’an, China, to Baghdad in Iraq, did not really require celestial navigation. Nonetheless, relics of ancient astronomy are encountered in tombs, shrines, and medieval observatories on the Silk Road.



Astronomy today is driven by the global communication of data and ideas along what was once quaintly called the Information Superhighway. This road is not paved in silk, but the trail of bits and bytes now leads into most homes, and anyone can participate in astronomical discovery. The ability to work with and communicate vast amounts of information has transformed the research environment and resulted in a single, global cosmology. Members $9, nonmembers $10. Get tickets online or call (213) 763-3349.

**ADDED BONUS**  Tonight’s program also includes stargazing through telescopes with Griffith Observatory curator Dr. Laura Danly and astronomers in the Museum’s Nature Gardens to catch the light of some of the same stars that caught the eye of those who traveled the old Silk Road.


Purchase your ticket today!

Kindly note:  You do not need to purchase a general admission ticket, you just need to purchase the Silk Road Lecture ticket to enter.

6:30 pm: Doors open, explore the Traveling the Silk Road exhibit

7 pm: Lecture

8 pm: Q&A / Book Signing


Members - $9 

Non-members - $10


Lectures (Non-Member)
To reserve a spot in our Lectures, select the date by clicking the calendar above. Then, select the number of spaces you would like to reserve.
Select Date/Time $10.00


Parking is available for $10 in the Museum’s Car Park on Exposition Blvd. and Bill Robertson Lane. If the Car Park is full, patrolled lots are also available directly across from the Museum on Bill Robertson Lane for $10 (cash only), as well as in lots throughout Exposition Park. Parking rates and availability may vary during special events in Exposition Park. NHM has designated parking during USC games.

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  • Gui

    I went on Tuesday. I've known about the Silk Road since grammar school and this presentation filled in so many details and specifics about what a journey along its path might have looked like. Glad I went.

    April 4, 2014

    • ~Patricia~

      I'm glad you were able to go and that you felt it was time well spent. The Silk Road is rich in history and I thought Dr. Krupp's historical astronomy slant was especially intriguing. Thank you for your comments.

      1 · April 4, 2014

  • bill l.

    hate to miss this one but already
    committed to death valley that week

    March 22, 2014

  • ~Patricia~

    This *might* be a no host event. If anyone wishes to host, please let me know at [masked].

    March 5, 2014

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