Welcome to the Silk Road Virtual Museum Experience

The Virtual Museum Sites and Exhibitions are listed in alphabetical order. Enter the virtual museums below.

Please note: some museums may take longer to open due to the higher quality and larger number of images employed

Take a tour of the Ancient Silk Roads. Select your period then choose your destination.

Take a tour of the Ancient Silk Roads. Select your period then choose your destination.
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  • Special Exhibitions (7)
  • 500-1000 CE (9)
  • 1200-1500 CE (9)

Locations Map

Locations Map

Afterlives: Buddhists (5-15th Centuries)

Death was a fate suffered by everyone who lived and travelled along the Silk Road. What happened next, depended on...

Afterlives: Christians

Death was a fate suffered by everyone who lived and travelled along the Silk Road. What happened next, depended on...

Afterlives: Zoroastrians (600-1600)

Death was a fate suffered by everyone who lived and travelled along the Silk Road. What happened next, depended on...

Byzantium (1262-1453)

Between its reconquest in 1261 and its final capture by the Ottomans in 1453, Constantinople remained the capital of the...

Byzantium: Liturgical Treasures (5th-10th Century)

Having started as the eastern half of the Roman Empire, Byzantium became an independent power in its own right, with...

Byzantine Empire 500-1000 Mosaics

From 330 to 1000 CE, the Byzantine Empire, with Constantinople as its capital, stood as a formidable force. Its mosaics...

Cilicia (1226-1375)

Cilicia was a Christian Armenian kingdom situated in an area broadly comparable the south-eastern borders of Turkey with the Mediterrean.

Early Ming Dynasty China (1368-1450)

Mongols had ruled China since 1271 but plague, disease and increasing demands on the population led to discontent and revolt....

Golden Horde

When the great Mongol leader, Ghangis Khan, died in 1225, he divided his empire among his four grandsons. Batu was...

Majahapit Empire (1293-1527) – Trowulan

The Majapahit kingdom was the last Hindu-Buddhist empire in the Indonesian archipelago. Trowulan was its capital. At its height, the...

Mamluk Sultinate (1350-1450) Glass

The Mamluks were a slave army that ruled the territory broadly contiguous with Egypt and Syria from 1250-1508CE. Under their...

Sasanian Empire (224-651)

The Sasanian dynasty ruled for over four centuries from 224 to 651CE. At its peak the Empire encompassed all of...

Silk Along the Silk Road

Silk is a beautiful fabric but throughout this period it is only the rich and privileged that had access to...

Silk Road Map Room (700-1500)

This exhibition shows world maps created between 700CE and 1500CE. But which worlds do they show – history, culture, religion...

Sogdians: Silk Road Traders

The Sogdian people were originally from an area now associated with eastern Iranian but were later concentrated in Central Asia,...

Tang Dynasty China (618-907) Art

The Tang Dynasty (618-907 CE) was a golden age of Chinese art, marked by flourishing painting, ceramics, and sculpture, reflecting...

Tang Dynasty China (618-907) Mirrors

The Tang Dynasty that ruled China from 618 to 907CE has often been depicted as representing the ‘golden age’ of...

Tibetan Empire (618-842)

Between 618 and 842 the mountain Kingdom gained control of an Empire that stretched as far North as the oasis...

Timurid Empire (1370-1507) – The Court

Even by the standards of the time, Timur’s wars of conquest were particularly murderous but he and his successors promoted...

Umayyad and Abbasid Caliphates (656-1000)

The Umayyad and Abbasid Caliphates were the earliest established after the death of the prophet Mohammad. They flourished from the...

Venice (1261-1450)

Venice reached the peak of its imperial reach at the start of the 13th century with the seizure and sacking...

Vikings in the East

In the 9th-10th centuries Norse traders navigated the Volga and Dnieper Rivers, linking Scandinavia with the Byzantine Empire and Islamic...

Visual representation of Silk Road Diplomat articles with ancient map and diplomatic elements.

Download stories of Porcelain and Silk

The Silk Road Diplomat articles have been created to share the lives of cultures along the Silk Road.

Find out about the Porcelain Tower and the mysteries of the Silk Road Museum in Part I of the Silk Road Diplomat.