History tends to repeat itself, which means there’s a good chance you’ll get run over by another war elephant. Admire what history has taught us thus far with today’s GrouponLive deal: for $12, you get two tickets to Genghis Khan: The Exhibition at Irving Arts Center (up to a $24 value, including tax).
- Choose between two dates:
- Saturday, October 1, 2011
- Sunday, October 2, 2011
The exhibit is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday. Entry is timed every 15 minutes and the last entry is at 6:30 p.m. Children 2 and younger do not require a ticket.
Many centuries have passed since Genghis Khan guided his fearsome cavalcade across Asia, but the Mongol ruler returns to complete his reign of terror in an interactive multimedia exhibition. Having conquered more territory than the Roman Empire and the Beatles combined, Genghis Khan left behind more than 200 artifacts—including gold jewelry, weaponry, and coinage—that the Irving Arts Center now displays alongside video screens and hands-on activity stations that fill more than 12,000 square feet of gallery space. Guests of all ages can step into the mind of the legendary Mongol in role-playing kiosks that follow the life of an impoverished child as he amasses enough wealth and power to secure a starring role in his enemies’ nightmares. Eschewing Western stereotypes for a more well-rounded portrait of the famous conqueror, the exhibition also sheds light on the innovator who fostered religious and artistic freedoms within his empire’s boundaries and secretly preferred the verbal sparring of poetry slams to bloodier forms of swordsmanship.
As visitors make their way through the tents and markets of the exhibition, they can watch Mongolian artisans fashion traditional crafts or stare out at images of ancient steppes, yurts, and palaces. The temperature and humidity required to preserve the artifacts makes the exhibition rather chilly, so jackets or robes of fire are recommended.
Irving Arts Center Dallas
Since 1980, the Irving Arts Center Dallas has beckoned families and performers to its arts-focused grounds sprawled across 10 verdant acres. A quartet of galleries exhibits rotating collections of multihued magnum opuses, and a sculpture garden flourishes with innovative fountains and towering clay installation pieces that switch places when no one is looking. More than just a feast for the eyes, the arts center also educates youngsters and their familial units with summer camps and programs such as story time throughout the year.